Prepping for Fork

We got the official word after 2 p.m. today: We are going to hold the second of five tournaments on the Huk Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX presented by Abu Garcia tomorrow on Texas’ Lake Fork.

Like other gatherings of sportsmen and fans around the U.S., the coronavirus had hovered over Lake Fork Marina & Motel, ready to send everyone home without holding the tournament. But this afternoon B.A.S.S. Nation Director Jon Stewart gave the thumbs up.


I left Michigan in the early afternoon Thursday and got to Fork about 23 hours later, driving through most of the night, catching a snooze for about four hours at a travel plaza.

I’m glad the trip wasn’t for naught.

I got a late start Thursday as I had some writing assignments to finish and then spent some time sorting through all the tackle I’d brought last week to the first event at Logan Martin, pulling some stuff out, repackaging and condensing other stuff. I still have enough lures, line, replacement hooks and packs of soft plastics to stock a small bait shop—and stock it well.

I’ve not spent much time in Texas and realize I really like it here. It’s a place where the coronavirus wouldn’t seem to have a chance. Folks are just tougher here. Where else do you find two-lane country roads without a shoulder and a speed limit of 70 mph? How many other states still have smoking sections in restaurants?