The Bassmaster Classic. Ever heard of it? It is kind of a big deal in bass fishing. Just kind of. Winning it would be incredible. At this point in the season, though, I just think about making it…and think of little else.
The Arkansas River really surprised me last week. I had a great time, and caught a lot of fish. The fish were healthy and that fishery is fine, the fish were just all barely under the 15 inch size limit. Anytime I can fish a tournament and stay shallow I am happy. This one just didn’t work out like you would like. But it was still fun. I do feel so fortunate to have a family that travels with me and supports me being a pro angler.
All that to say, I am right on the bubble for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic. I need to finish in the 40’s or better this week at Wheeler. The fish have been biting shallow so that makes me confident. Funny story. On Monday I pitched a Tight Lines UV Power Worm to a stick out on a flat. The line slowly moved off like a big fish had it. I did my best to shake off the fish but it wasn’t coming off. She really wanted to bait and as I tried to pull it out of her mouth it somehow lodged near her gill plate. So I slowly began to pull her in. She rolled on the surface and my eyes popped out of my head…she was over 10! If that fish bites during the event I will have big fish by 3-4 pounds. She’ll probably bite again…and throw the bait.
You would be amazed what I see happen out here. I hope I see myself in the 2012 Classic.