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Pre-Tournament Thoughts on Toledo Bend

Posted by stephen on April 30, 2014

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(Photo: Rob Russow)

It’s a new week and a new fishery, as I’m getting ready to kick off the 2014 Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite Event at Toledo Bend Reservoir, LA.  I’m still feeling the effects of winning last week at the Red River and it’s definitely helped me to relax a bit.  Coming into each season my goal is always to qualify for the Classic and with that goal already accomplished I feel a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Practice hasn’t been too bad at the Bend.  I’ve fished deep to shallow and in between and have seen some things I’ve liked.  There is a nice shad spawn going on which is usually a solid way to get a limit and a lot of fish on bed as well.  I’m sure I’ll be mixing it up throughout the tournament, but believe we may have a bit higher weights than the 2011 event that took place near the same time of year that Dean Rojas won with about 71 pounds.  I feel like 46-47 pounds after three days will put you in position to make the final day and around 75 pounds will win it.  I’m hoping to ride some of that momentum from the Red River and come out of here with another great finish.

On a side note, I’d like to say my heart goes out to all of those affected by the recent Tornadoes in the Midwest and my home state of Arkansas.  A fellow resident of Arkansas, Elite Series Pro Kevin Short and his wife lost their home in the tornado.  It’s a terrible turn of events and we’ll be praying for everyone affected. 

The tournament at Toledo Bend kicks off tomorrow.  Be sure to check out live weigh ins online at Bassmaster.com at 3:15 pm CT. -SB