|The Polar Vortex and Survival Mode
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|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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|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
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|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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|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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|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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|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 Owners Tournament Recap, Part 2
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|“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
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|Triton Owners Tournament Recap, Part 1
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|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|
|Losing the Monkey
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|You hear it every week on the Elite series and the FLW tour. “It’s just so hard to win one of these. You have to take advantage when you get the opportunity.” Although I don’t fish against the level of competition that those guys do, any big tournament that brings out the best bass fishermen on the lake is tough to win. I’ve been very fortunate to have won a few big tournaments. But I haven’t won a larger scale event in several years. As I type out this blog, behind me in my office is a pile of 2nd and 3rd place plaques and trophies. Don’t get me wrong,...... Read More|
|Dock Talk Puzzler
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|Wanna hear a tall tale? Just show up at any tournament weigh-in or pre-tournament meeting.
"I've caught over 20 pounds every day this week!"
"It's gonna take over 30 pounds to win this tournament easy!"
"I shoulda had this tournament won, but I lost three giants!"
"If I only coulda caught what I had yesterday, or the ones my co-angler caught, or the ones I saw on the graph, or the ones that didn't bite...."
You get the point.
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