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In The Blink Of An Eye
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Posted: June 17, 2014
My 40th birthday was Saturday, April 12th. Although most weekends I fish a tournament, my wife and I were having friends over to celebrate my transition into old age. So, I decided to forgo the bass tournament scene and take my eleven year old crappie fishing that Saturday morning. Since I am a terrible crappie fisherman, I opted to spend a few hours on the lake Friday afternoon in hopes of finding some places to keep my son’s interest. I wandered around the lake caught a few crappie and was generally enjoying a beautiful spring afternoon when my phone rang. It was my friend, Brent Sain. ...... Read More

Pre-Spawn Madness
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Posted: April 22, 2014
I recently put together a seminar that I called “Next Level Tournament Fishing.” The seminar was all about the mental side of tournament fishing, decision making and positive attitude. Ironically, one of the things that I addressed was bad weather. Bad weather tournaments are truly my favorite ones to fish. Not because I enjoy freezing, sweating, fighting off lightning bolts, or driving in six foot waves, but because much of the competition is done before the blast off ever happens. We’ve all heard the dock talk the night before…”It’s supposed to be awful to...... Read More

The Polar Vortex and Survival Mode
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Posted: April 02, 2014
I don’t know about you, but this global warming is killing me! They say if you are under the age of 40 this is the most brutal winter of your life. Much to the chagrin of my children, my home in Tennessee didn’t receive the copious snowfall that much of the country saw this winter. We did, however, have plenty of cold weather. The few times I got out to go duck hunting this winter there was a lot of ice-breaking to be done, and several times we couldn’t break it. That’s cold for Tennessee.
All that cold has obviously affected the fishing this spring. My first couple of ...... Read More

What I Learned About Fishing from Cheerleaders
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Posted: February 12, 2014
As I pound out this blog, I'm flying home from Orlando. I know what you are thinking. Family vacation? Florida fishing trip? Actually, I'm on the way home from the National High School Cheerleading Championship, where my daughter's team competed and did quite well in the competition.
I agreed to go on this trip quite reluctantly. I always want to support my kids, but just wasn't sure if spending four days with a bunch of 13-14 year old girls was going to be good for my nerves. My attitude changed quickly when I started watching the competition. Squads of junior high and high schools girls with...... Read More

The Natural
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Posted: November 21, 2013
As we idled out of Lakepoint Resort Marina on Eufaula Lake, I glanced over at the rods strapped down on his front deck. Frogs? Really? It was 2003, my first year fishing the BFL circuit and I was thrilled to have earned a spot fishing on the final day of the regional and a ticket to the All American. I had made the top six in third place using my favorite technique, cranking ledges, and here’s a guy with four frog rods on the deck. I had a good day and finished second. The frog guy and I talked for a while at the weigh-in, his day didn’t go so well, but we chatted briefly and offere...... Read More

Cheaters Sometimes Win
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Posted: August 27, 2013
I’m a little behind on my blogging, but I thought I’d take back up with a cool story from a tournament in June. Although I call this a blog, I know it is much more of a tournament journal. Hats off to those of you who can stay awake long enough to read one of my “blogs” in its entirety.
My last couple of entries told about my adventures in the Everstart Tournament on Kentucky Lake in June. The following Saturday, I was scheduled to fish a Weekend Series tournament out of Paris Landing. If you suffered through my last blog, you know that the last day of the Everstart was...... Read More

KY Lake Everstart Part 2
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Posted: August 13, 2013
The Drama continues...
When the scales closed on day 2, I was sitting in 2nd place with 44-3 for two days. Curt McGuire was leading with 47 pounds and I was about three pounds ahead of third. As I sat through the top ten meeting, I was exhausted. I figured that I had slept about six hours total in the last two nights. When the meeting wrapped up, I gassed up the Triton and worked on my tackle. I stayed with my friend Mickey Beck at a house close to the ramp. Mickey was in fifth place and as we spooled up reels and sharpened hooks, we chatted about our plans for tomorrow. I did look at my motor...... Read More

High and Lows - Everstart, Part 1
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Posted: July 10, 2013
If you read any of my blogs for the past few months, you know that I’ve been lucky enough to have found a few fish and done well in a few tournaments. Having won three tournaments on Kentucky Lake in the past few weeks, the calls and texts started right after the Triton Owner’s Tournament. “You fishing the Everstart?” My reply was a confident and resounding “No!”
The Everstart is FLW Outdoors AAA Pro League. They are very well run tournaments that touring pros and “local pros” alike fish all over the country. My reason for not fishing the Eversta...... Read More

Triton Owner’s Tournament Recap, Part 2
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Posted: June 21, 2013
“You got to know when to hold ‘em,
Know when to fold ‘em,
Know when to walk away,
And know when to run.”
-The Gambler, Kenny Rogers
Photos: Candace Cockrell, Triton Boats
Triton Owners Tournament winners... Read More

Triton Owner’s Tournament Recap, Part 1
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Posted: June 06, 2013
Last week I fished in one of my favorite tournaments of the year: the Triton Owner’s Tournament out of Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake. I guess I’ve participated in seven or eight of these. They are well run, fun events that draw Triton owners from all over the country. This year was no exception, with 331 boats packed into the marina at Paris Landing State Park. If you’ve read any of my blogs in the past, you know that KY Lake is where I spend most of my time on the water. May had been very good to me so far with two wins in the Weekend Series and Wounded Warrior Tournaments, ...... Read More

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