Spring break

By the time you read this, we’ll be fishing our second event of the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series. Hard to believe, I know. It’s been 11 long weeks since Takahiro Omori won the opener on Lake Martin. That was back in the first week of February, and here it is the end of April.

The extended downtime was caused in large part by the sudden postponement of the Sabine River event. Flooding forced tournament officials to reschedule that derby and, as a result, our season was put on hold.

Never before had the tour experienced such a lengthy springtime layoff. It put many Elite anglers on edge … me included.

Making the most of it

The time off wasn’t a complete loss, however. I found ways to stay busy.

There was the Bassmaster Classic, where I worked with my sponsors during the Expo, promoting their products before record-setting crowds. And shortly after, was a video project with Shimano at Bienville Plantation in north Florida — where we shot on-the-water sequences of some great new products to be introduced at this year’s ICAST show.