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have had the opportunity over this past year to do so soul searching,
on what bass fishing, both competitive and recreationally, means to me
and how I am trying to improve the sport for others around me. I ask
you to take a look at yourself and ask this same question after you
read how my outlook towards the sport has changed.
me just start off by giving you a little history into my journey as a
fisherman. I started out fishing as many of us do as a small child. I
fished from shore for anything and everything I could catch. Although
I did not like to eat fish myself, my family ate all that I would
catch. As I grew older, a friend of the family introduced me to
competitive fishing. This person was at the time fishing the old Red
Man Series the predated the BFLs. He asked me to take him out
prefishing on the lake I grew up on as I spent most of my waking hours
chasing the brown and green fish most of us love. This officially
started my quest of becoming a competitive fisherman.
few years later, I had the opportunity to fish in a tournament held by
a sportsmen’s club that my family belonged to. I ended up winning
the event and this officially created an addicted tournament angler. I
have been fishing tournaments at a variety of levels, with varying
results, ever since.
past year, I stepped away from both the club level fishing as well as
fishing the BFL events for the first time in close to ten years. I
felt that I needed to reassess what I wanted from the sport and where
I wanted to go with it. The following is what I have discovered and
what I have done with my newfound love of the sport.
thing I started doing again to bring myself closer to my origins in
the sport is to start wade fishing again. As a child, I did not have a
boat that could be used to fish for bass in an efficient manner, so I
would either wade in the shallow bays, or would spend countless hours
on the local river. This is where I learned most of what I know about
bass fishing. I would study and think about how and where fish would
relate to cover in comparison to the river currents and water depths.
I have found that by getting back into wading again, I am enjoying the
simpler life of bass fishing I had before I had all the electronics
and the fancy boat. Do not get me wrong; I do love to fish from my
share or not to share, that is the question?
may be the one of the things that stops the spread of information more
than any other factor. So many people are worried about protecting
“their spots” they miss out on the great opportunity to network
that comes from sharing a little now and then. Becoming part of the
FUTUREBASS Pro Staff has really opened up this avenue for me. It has
allowed me into the circles of the anglers that normally places high
in many of the events that I have fished over the years. I have found
out a variety of things ranging from the fact that many of them share
information with each other (they all know where the fish are biting
and on what) and they will share it with you if you approach them in a
proper manner. Although I do not fish the same places as these
anglers, I still find it interesting to hear what they are doing on a
back to others what I have received
closing I refer you back to my initial question: What are you giving
back to the sport of bass fishing? Although this is not all I do, I
feel it opens the doors for others to see what they may be missing in
their lives as we get wrapped up in our fishing and forget what it is
all truly about. I wish you all much happiness in your fishing future.
lines and God Bless