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I can see clearly now on Bull Shoals

Posted by stephen on April 17, 2013

bullShoalsP200.png2013 Elite Series Ramada Quest Bull Shoals Lake - Bull Shoals, AR, Apr 18 - 22, 2013

It's a whole new ballgame on Bull Shoals this year. When we were here last year, water clarity was maybe 6 - 8 ft. This year it's more like 25 ft. We've gone from coffee to bottled water this year and it's a totally different pond.

There are going to be a variety of patterns finding success this year. Last year, 11 of the top 12 guys were doing the exact same thing and one guy, Brandon Palaniuk, went off shore and found the secret to success. This year, there are probably going to be a variety of patterns paying off. And the weather is going to play a part in that shift. It's the guy that can adapt to changing conditions that will come out on top.

My practice has been fair. I'm not locked into one deal so I'm going to have to do a fair share of hustling to fill my well. The key will be getting a good start in the morning. I feel like I'm in the right areas, but it will depend on what they want to do tomorrow and then make the right adjustments.

Now I can't let the cat out the bag too much here pre-event, but I've been working with Live Target Lures on some new designs that could be the game changer for me this week. They won't be released until iCast in Vegas, but everything is setting up this week perfectly to put them center stage. In these conditions, they could be prime time.