Southern End and Northern Begin
Well folks here we are at the end of my 2011 Southern Open campaign. At the beginning of June the BASS Southern Open at Lake Douglas threw me for a loop. Although I cashed a check, it was by no means a cake walk. After the first day and bringing in a little over 5lbs of bass, I was sitting in 116th place and had nowhere to go but up. I thought I had made the right decision to go catch some 'keeper' fish and then work out a bigger fish through the first day. Well my 'go to' spot was good to my co-angler and just turned its cheek at me. I hate when that happens! The second day I made a move to start on a different location before heading back to the 'go to' spot and it worked out awesome. After weigh-in I had the 10th best bag on day 2 and moved up 79 places to grab 37th place and just in side the money. It was a satisfying accomplishment, but of course I really wonder how things could have turned out if I made the same move on day 1. I ended up cashing 2 out of 3 tournaments in the 2011 Southern Opens, but because of a drastic bomb in Florida at the first event it looks like re-qualifying for the Elites won't happen in this division this year. I finished in 46th place overall.
The good news is now I'm rolling in to the BASS Northern Open schedule for 2011. We get started on the James River in Richmond, VA the second week in July and its close to a home coming for me. I grew up in Fairfax Virginia, fishing the tidal waters of the Potomac River. I also spent some time down on the James as I worked to learn more fisheries while living there. I have been guiding and living in Del Rio, TX at Lake Amistad now for a few years and this will be my first tournament in some of my old stomping grounds. The James River has been good to me in the past with 2 top 15 finishes in FLW/BFL events. I haven't seen the place in over 6 years so it will be good to get back. I am really looking forward to the whole schedule of the Northern Opens this year as smallmouth will play a huge roll in event #2 (Lake Erie) and #3 (Lake Oneida) of the series. I would love to get that qualification back in to Elites... well have to fish hard and see where we end up. Until then... it’s the James River!
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