Rain, rain, go away

Of course the first day I get out on the water here at the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, it has to be pouring rain. Despite my coworker's warnings, however, I was adamant about experiencing the Ouachita River first-hand. I mean, how often do you get to see bass fishing on the bayou? Not very often for me!

Well, I headed out with Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket champ Brett Preuett — soon to be an Elite Series pro — and B.A.S.S. Senior Editor Thomas Allen, and although it was already coming down hard, I was ready.

What wasn't ready? My gear. Or the lack thereof. Rain jacket and rain boots? Check. Rain pants? Not so much. Jeans sure do soak up water.

Next time, I'll be better prepared!