Week four of the marathon run of the seven weeks straight; week four of seven; crazy! Not really that burnt out not really tired, I’m just fishing, having fun. I had an okay finish last week, not a great finish and I dumped a 10 pounder; no big deal; you know what, actually it is a huge deal. I don’t know if I’d rather break up with my girlfriend than lose a 10 pounder. It hurts more to lose a 10 pounder than break up with my girlfriend which is probably why I don’t have a girlfriend.

But anyways on to Hartwell, another sight fish tournament. Hopefully I can put the big ones in the boat this week. You know I have a couple little tricks up my sleeve, all the sight fishing I’m going to do, and I would have to say; key word, Jerry Rago; the key word is Jerry Rago; wait that’s two words.

So that’s going to be the plan doing a little bit of that along with sight fishing and hope that I get a good finish this week. And then probably going to head to the PAA at Lake Lanier for yet another sight fishing deal, but I just keep rolling along in the Cocoons rig.

Oh, forgot to tell you guys something there was a slight fender bender with John Crews, oh yea, I figured if I just took the competition out of the game. I hit his boat, no big deal, service crew got it all fixed up and I’m heading to CS motor sports next week to get fixed up so I look fresh and clean on the road, and I’m going to go fishing.

So, I’m off to the next one.

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Fish with Ish - Throw the Book Out

Well, we’re in week three of what I’m calling the marathon trail of the six or seven straight weeks of fishing tournaments I’ll be in.

Okay, on to my Harris Chain results. What do you say about last week?

Everything that the big book of fishing says was supposed to happen didn’t happen. So, everything that we know about Florida and bedfishing is over.
We just have to take the book and throw it out the window. If the conditions are right, they’re gonna move up, and if the conditions aren’t right; they’re gonna move up anyway, it’s that time of year.

That being said, I’m here at the St. John’s River and we’re looking at them. Some of them good, some of them not so good, and some of them are indifferent.

So, our new plan for this week is to catch the good ones. I’m going to put my MotorGuide on high and try to find the best fish I can find. I’m running around the lake with my Yamaha 250 SHO Pro Four Stroke, and I’ve got full confidence in my motor to get me there and back.

I prepared my equipment, and spooled it all up with Daiwa Samurai braid because after looking at the water, I feel like I can get away with it here. The water conditions will allow me to go heavy with all of my Steez rods and reels, so that’s what I’m gonna do.

So, with only Wednesday’s practice day left; it looks like we’re off and running toad another sightfishing tournament. It should be fun; it’s one of the ways I like to fish. But, like I said, take everything we know about the book and throw it out the window.

Last week proved that to me.

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Flippin, Frogs and Flip Flops

WOO HOO, the cold weather is over. No more Beaver Lake; yes I sucked I should have changed baits earlier, because it was a bait change on day two that helped me catch a limit. If I would have changed baits on day one, you never know, I could have caught one extra fish that would have gotten me a check or even two more fish that would have gotten me a $10,000 check; but, that’s the way it goes.

I’m here in sunny Florida, I’m at the Harris Chain getting ready for the first event of the Bassmaster Elite Series 2011 season, and I’ve got to say; I’m pretty happy about it. No more sissy fishing and it’s gonna be fun.

I’m in Florida, and it’s all about Frogs, Flippin’ and braided line; my style of fishing. They’ll be some bed fish, some Flippin’ fish and some topwater fish, there’s pretty much several ways you can go out and catch ‘em down here, so I’m looking forward to it.

I gotta tell you, I’m just happy to out here wearing shorts and flip flops and holding my Daiwa Steez Flippin’ Stick for once; I like that Shorts, Flip Flops, Flippin’ Sticks and Frog Rods, so if we got rid of the shorts, it would be the three F’s. Actually, it could be the four F’s, frogs, frog rods, Flippin’ Sticks and flip flops; that would be fun.

I had a funny thing happen in practice; I was fishing my Snag Proof Phat Frog around some grass, and I got a bite. Well, it turned out to be a big bite, because it turned out to be a little alligator, and it wouldn’t let go of my Phat Frog. I hope I don’t have to deal with too many of those in the tournament.

Practice is over, the meetings are behind us and I can’t wait to get started. Well, that’s it for this week, hopefully things will go well and I’ll have a good long story to tell you about the “W” for next week’s blog.

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Classic's Over, Beaver Lake is Here

Well, it was an interesting Classic once again, another one down the drain and another Classic Win for KVD.

I was there working for Ranger, Yamaha, Team Daiwa and I spent a little time with Connie at Snag Proof. After spending three days at the show, one thing I learned at the Classic this year is that I never wanna work another Classic Expo; I’d rather be fishing. But, that’s why they call it fishing and not catching.

I will say this, I’m getting’ fired up about FLW Beaver Lake and I’m sitting here doing some last minute touches on my Ranger / Yamaha SHO and get some tackle together and getting’ really fired up. You know, Beaver Lake’s going to be really interesting.

We had a lot of cold, cold weather the past couple of weeks but, we had a little warming trend right before the practice, and I thought that would trigger those fish to get up in their pre-spawn mode. But, we got another cold front come through and it slowed the bite down again.

Not that it was great before, Practice was terrible, it’s Beaver Lake and my best day of practice was four keepers. I’ve decided that I want to have fun at the FLW events, and do things my way, so I’m gonna pick up a Wiggle Wart and a jerkbait and have fun, so, I’m pretty much fired up and ready to go, you know.

Everything's looking good though, I got all my new Team Bass ADX gear ready for the cold weather. I’ve got new beanies and hoodies ready to keep me warm and I’ll be lookin’ good too, so that’s a positive.

I’m just finishing up some last minute tackle stuff before I have to go the pairing meeting. That’s pretty much it for now, I just really wanna go fishing now, and so until next week I will see you all on the water. Keep following on FLW Outdoors and we’ll see if I can bust a big ol’ sack and get me some big bills in return.


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One Down and Many to go for 2011

The first tournament of the year didn’t go the way I had hoped. It ended up being a sight fishing tournament, something that I love to do. Somehow I missed it, and the flippin bite, too. It’s just one of those things, I guess that’s why they call it fishing and not catching.

Several big name guys and guys that pretty much live on that place didn’t do well either. Maybe it’s just the changing of the times, things are different, who knows?

I spent Superbowl Sunday with a good buddy of mine, FLW Cup Champion Michael Bennett. I wasn’t really pulling for either team, I was just glad it was a good game. I liked the commercials, they got me excited for some upcoming movies like transformers and a few others. Don’t even get me started about the National Anthem, Christina (Aguilera) can definitely sing, but ouch! I guess that's just more evidence that pressure hits everyone at all levels and professions.

On the fishing front, I am still down here in Florida practicing on the St. Johns River in preparation for the Bassmaster Elite Series event. I am going to spend another day here on the river, then off to West Point Reservoir for some more pre-practice. Next week I am headed to the Classic in New Orleans.

Following the Classic I am headed dragging the new Ranger Z-521 with the Yamaha SHO to Beaver. The SHO is now all broke in and running great! I got my Lowrance Electronics all dialed in and I have to say, I am digging the Sonic Hub for the music and for the weather. Down here in Florida the weather changes fast and to be able to watch that closely is a cool deal and can be a major factor for both safety and fishing.

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