Things are falling into place


James Overstreet

The roof has been replaced on our house. That may not sound like much, but it’s important to me. I don’t have to keep tabs on the temporary repairs to keep our house from getting get wet from ordinary rains. In the near future we’ll be able to replace the damaged carpet and a couple pieces of furniture. 

My boat shed is still a mess, though. I didn’t even bother to order new metal for it until after the first of the year. There was no point. Ordered or not it would still take forever to get here. Everybody around here needs metal. It’s not like a barn repair in the Midwest. I’m hopeful mine will be in by the end of February. 

I have to say that it’s time for things to get back to normal. We love our home and where we live, but this constant state of upheaval get’s old after a while. It’s hard on everyone. I’m looking forward to ordinary things happening, things I thought were a hassle a year ago. 

My boat and truck are wrapped, too. I’m thankful for that. Showing off your equipment and meeting sponsor expectations when it comes to publicity are important to a professional angler’s career. It’s not all about the check we earn in tournaments.

This is not the first time I’ve had them wrapped, but it kind of feels that way. There’s something about seeing them put a new face to your boat and truck that makes things feel like this is a new beginning. I know it’s not. It’s another year in what I hope will be a long year. But it’s still exciting. 

I’ve actually been doing some fishing, too — up on Lake Seminole. It’s different from the places we’re fishing this year but at least it has a good population of bass and it gives me an opportunity to get back into the swing of things. Another good part of getting back into a routine is that it makes me think about fishing instead of all the other things that have been on my mind this year.

Zona’s going to come down and we’re going fishing there one day and another day on a private lake. Our trip’s scheduled for Jan. 29 and 30, as of right now. That might have already happened by the time you read this. I like to fish and hang out with him. He has excellent fishing skills, and he has a lighthearted approach to things. That’s refreshing, and it makes the time you spend with him fun — serious, but not all that serious. 

I encourage everyone to watch his show and his videos. They’re entertaining and informative.  You can get all the info you need about him and his show — Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show — from this site or from 

By the time you read this, the season will have started. Once that happens I’ll give you some of my observations on what’s happening and, at the same time, give you some tips on how I caught them or how I didn’t. Hopefully that’ll help you catch more bass.