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Ready for some Recharging after the Season

Posted by stephen on November 2, 2015

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(Photo: BASS)

It’s time to regroup and recharge.  For the next month or so, it’s all about getting my tackle unpacked and reorganized and changing over from fishing to hunting.  Next week I’m heading to Kansas for my annual hunting trip with some buddies – I always look forward to it.  We all truly have the opportunity for a giant whitetail and there isn’t much talk about fishing which you need sometimes.  This year was one where I felt like I was around them all the time, but couldn’t make it happen.  Lake Seminole was no different.


After feeling like I practiced too much at Table Rock, I put in a few less days to prepare for the final Bassmaster Southern Open at Lake Seminole.  I was pretty pumped about an area I found;  I caught a big one and shook off a few more bites. I headed there on day one of the tournament.  I enjoy putting a big flipping stick in my hand and going to work.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get that going in the tournament.  On day one I had to change to a drop shot midday and had three keeper bites pretty quick.  It was tough and I was really surprised how they really blasted them on day one.

On day two, the fishing was a lot more telling of how the whole week was.  We had a cold front and the fishing got much tougher.  I went back to the same area and I couldn’t even get them on a drop shot which tells you how difficult the fishing was.  I ended up catching three that were barely keepers, but I opted to hit the road.

I wouldn’t categorize this season as a bad one, but it hasn’t been good that’s for sure.  Looking back, I don’t think I could’ve done much different.  Like I mentioned before, I felt like I was around them most of the time, but just wasn’t able to make it happen.  At St. Clair, when Faircloth won, I was about seventy five yards away.  I would catch a three pounder and he would catch a four.  That’s just how it goes sometimes in this sport, but I’m looking forward to our schedule next year and feel like it sets up well for me with all the river tournaments.

I’ll be fishing the Elites again along with the Central Opens.  There won’t be as much crazy travel and I’ll be able to get a lot of prepractice at places I haven’t been to in awhile.  Once we get into December I’ll be hitting the road to get some time on the water.  I normally don’t do a whole lot of prepracticing, especially that early, but after this past season I definitely need to try and change it up to find the right balance.  I’m also going to try and fish some more events with my son Beau.  He’s at the age where he’s ready to start fishing some BFL’s as a co-angler and I’m really looking forward to sharing the experience with him. -SB