Trying to Look on the Bright Side after BASSfest

Posted by stephen on June 10, 2015

Stephen Browning Day 1 Kentucky Lake.jpg

(Photo: James Overstreet)

There are about a hundred different ways to look at this past week’s BASSfest event on Kentucky Lake.  As far as getting points, I dropped slightly from 70th to 72nd, but on the positive side, the gap between me and the top 50 has lessened.  As far as my decision making, I see one decision that I probably would have changed if I could do it over.  Managing offshore schools of fish in a ledge fishing event is often what can make or break you.  At this event, my fish management probably ended up costing me in the end.

West Coast Elite Series Wrap Up

Posted by stephen on May 15, 2015

Stephen Havasu JO Pic.jpg

(Photo: James Overstreet)

We just wrapped up our West Coast swing and I’m back home in Arkansas.  There were ups and downs throughout the trip, but overall it was a fun time on two amazing bodies of water.  The Delta didn’t go quite as I would have hoped, but at Havasu I was able to get a little redemption.


From the Alabama River to the West Coast

Posted by stephen on April 27, 2015


We’re here in Sacramento, California practicing for the Sacramento River event after a couple pit stops along the way.  We’ll start off by recapping the Alabama River event and then get into the past week on the road and at the St. Croix Rods Writer’s Conference over on Lake Powell.


Guntersville Recap and Alabama River Practice

Posted by stephen on April 14, 2015

Stephen Guntersville Take off.jpg

(Photo: James Overstreet)

Guntersville is full of big ones and in practice I felt there was no reason I couldn’t sack twenty pounds a day.  Unfortunately, twenty pound bags were swimming around me and not swimming around in my livewells in this one.  I don’t think I’ve ever been around so many and not been able to catch them before and I’m still baffled as to why.


Practice Period at Lake Guntersville

Posted by stephen on April 8, 2015

 Stephen Pre Guntersville Pic from Sabine.jpg

(Photo: James Overstreet)

Well, that water temperature in up into the lower sixties in Alabama and that means the bass are looking to do their ritual.  Lots of fish have left their winter haunts and seem to be heading to the shallows looking to spawn, with some fish getting locked down on beds.  With good numbers of big fish in the shallows it’s shaping up to be a real slugfest at Lake Guntersville.  A two to two and half pounder won’t do you a lick of good in this one where giant bass roam.  It’s going to be a good deal.  I mean, anytime you aren’t wearing insulated underwear during the tournament sounds like a good event to me.