Ready for some Recharging after the Season

Posted by stephen on November 2, 2015

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(Photo: BASS)

It’s time to regroup and recharge.  For the next month or so, it’s all about getting my tackle unpacked and reorganized and changing over from fishing to hunting.  Next week I’m heading to Kansas for my annual hunting trip with some buddies – I always look forward to it.  We all truly have the opportunity for a giant whitetail and there isn’t much talk about fishing which you need sometimes.  This year was one where I felt like I was around them all the time, but couldn’t make it happen.  Lake Seminole was no different.

 


Lessons Learned at the Rock

Posted by stephen on October 5, 2015

IMG952420.jpgOverall, the bite was tough as expected, but a handful of guys were able to catch some very good bags of fish at Table Rock; especially the winner.  I was very impressed by what James Watson was able to do and my hat goes off to him.  The topwater deal that he was on I just wasn’t able to make work for me.  I tried throwing topwater a lot in practice and started off throwing it in the tournament (even threw that same bait), but could never get on a consistent bite.  After looking back at it, I think I just missed on where to be fishing it to get those big bites.

I got to Table Rock early hoping to figure out some areas and patterns that could help give me a chance to fish on Saturday.  With that Classic bid still not secured, these last two Opens are big.  I actually had a solid practice.  Knowing bites would be tough to come by and weights would be low, I felt like I was around the right fish to put myself in the mix.  On the low end I was catching around fourteen pounds a day and one day had right around twenty fishing with my buddy Mike from Lew’s.  That day was unreal.  We had three over four including a six and five pounder.


Rough Fishing at the Rock

Posted by stephen on September 30, 2015

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(Photo: Shaye Baker)

Well, practice is over for the final Bassmaster Central Open at the Rock.  It’s definitely fishing tough as it usually does this time of year, but I’m ok with that.  I think right around that fourteen pounds a day mark will give you a chance to win.  I’ve had some keeper bites, but overall it’s scattered.  One day you catch ‘em and the next you don’t.  We’ve also got a big cold front moving through so it should make it even more interesting.


Devastating End in Detroit

Posted by stephen on August 30, 2015

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(Photo: James Overstreet)

This season has had its ups and downs.  This past week in Detroit I would categorize as the latter.  After watching the tournament coverage on Sunday, it made me sick.  A lot of the guys that made it to Championship Sunday were fishing in the same area that I had fished throughout the event.  The difference for me was I never was able to get a good bite in two days on the water.  I knew I was around the right quality of fish and watching the tournament coverage only solidified that notion for me.  With a lot riding on this event I fell just short of the first cut and qualifying for the 2016 Bassmaster Classic.


Classic Hopes Still Alive After Chesapeake

Posted by stephen on August 21, 2015

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(Photo: Chris Mitchell)

Going into the Chesapeake I knew it would be tough.  The fact that so much weight separated the winner from the twelfth place finisher is enough to tell you that this event was all about the “haves” and the “have nots”.  The top five or six anglers you could say were dialed in while the rest of us were scrambling.  I’ve been at this for twenty years and I can say that I am still learning to this day and will continue to for the rest of my career.  You can’t be satisfied in this sport – ever.