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.

Ready for a Grind at the Chesapeake

Posted by stephen on August 12, 2015

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(Photo: James Overstreet)

Well, it’s time to put on the boxing gloves and go duke it out tomorrow.  To sum up my practice in one word, it was horrible.  The good thing is that it’s going to be the same for everybody and honestly I’m looking forward to the event.  These tough events where you are only getting a few bites a day are right in my wheelhouse.


ICast and St. Lawrence River Recap

Posted by stephen on August 9, 2015

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(LiveTarget Hollow Body Sunfish)

ICast 2015 was really interesting, I had a great time.  Congratulations to three of my sponsors for winning awards: LiveTarget, St. Croix, and Lew’s.  It's awesome to be affiliated with such great companies.  ICast is always a good time, it's a busy atmosphere with great people.  It's one of the only times you get to spend so much quality time face to face with sponsors instead on communicating through e-mail and phone calls.  I was able to shoot videos for Tackle Warehouse and other great retailers.  There are so many great new products launching that I cannot wait to start trying out.