Eve of competition

Today’s diary will be short. It’s the day before the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open at Oneida Lake.

With practice fishing today, the pre-tournament meeting this evening and hours of boat and tackle preparation, I need to hit the sack pronto to get 6 hours of sleep.

An east wind pushed 3-foot waves across Oneida again today. Valerie and I got a few bass, but it was tough going.

I know where some bass are and feel confident about catching a limit. However, I’ll need a bushel of luck to sack a heavy bag.

Valerie is anxious. I hope she has a good day tomorrow. If she manages to bring one bass to the scales, I’ll be happy. If she lands a three-bass non-boater limit, I’ll be thrilled.

I’m boat 36. Val is in a late flight. I’ll be a wreck waiting for her to come in.