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Open to the possibilities on Douglass

Posted by stephen on April 3, 2013

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Bassmaster Southern Open #2
Douglas Lake - Dandridge, TN, Apr 4 - 6, 2013

My experience on this lake goes from last year's Elite tournament back to the Mega Bucks tournament that Rick Clunn won back around 2000. But I'm not relying too much on past experience here. I'm not even putting much stock on what happened last week during the PAA event. For example, they were fishing last week with snow on their decks and this week we have temps climbing up to the mid 50s. The water level is climbing as a well, almost a foot a day since I've been here this week. That makes for a different playing field that I'm going to approach with my own game plan.

One thing I will be doing this week, for lack of a better term, is to be "swinging for the fences."

After all, this is another avenue to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic. I'm not really looking at the points — I'm after the top prize. So I'm out there looking for quality rather than quantity. I'm after 5 big bites each day. It's a bit of a gamble but the payoff is worth it.

With 200 boats in the field, not to mention doubled-up with co-anglers, the quality spots are going to get beat up pretty hard. It's like we're playing hopscotch out there from point to point. There's no leaving fish here. Unless of course I find myself with a full well early. Then I might back off. But I figure it's going to take about 20 pounds a day to have a chance here so I'm looking for 60 after 3 days. That's what I'm after. One thing I learned from the last tournament is don't close you mind to all the possibilities. Keep learning and stay open to something different. Sure the a-rig might be the only thing on some of the guys' decks. But that's not the only thing that's going to catch them this week.