OK, we all know the drill. This one is about winning. That doesn’t mean I have any preconceived notions that I’m going to win or anything like that. It does mean, though, that I’ve had a lot of time to practice and put things in order up here.
This last week I’ve been messing around with smallies. Some days were better than others. I hope what I learned will help me with the upcoming Bass Pro Shops Northern Open on Lake Erie.
Several people have wondered what my plans are, how I intend to make the Bassmaster Classic. A couple have even suggested that I can’t make it.
By the time you read this, I’ll be in Detroit getting ready for the last Elite Series tournament of the year. I feel pretty good to tell you the truth. This is kind of like a new day for me.
This past week didn’t exactly go my way. I wrote last week that things were looking up, and I thought they were. I had a win and a good finish under my belt so I thought I had every reason to be optimistic.
The last couple of weeks have been good to me. My partner and I won the Cooper River Open Buddy Tournament — known locally as the Cooper Cup — and I had a Top 10 finish at the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open on Oneida last week.
The Oneida Lake Open will start in a couple of days, and I spent last week packing and repacking.
My partner and I finally won the Cooper River Open Buddy Tournament. I’m really excited, partly because of the nostalgic part of it and partly because it’s been such a struggle for me.
In any sport, there is a climbing process. You start at the bottom and work your way up as you get better. Every angler fishing the Elite Series has done that. No career is perfect, however.
Let me say first off that I’m sorry this is a day late. I’ve been getting ready for this year’s ICAST show out in Las Vegas, and am I ever excited. You see, in some years most of the new stuff consists of small changes to existing products. This year is different.