Ish's Blog

The right way to fish Elites' spots


By Darren Jacobson - There’s something going on with our sport that we need to talk about. Mike Iaconelli wrote a column about it this year, but I’d like to give you my take on things. It’s close to what Mike had to say but, at the same time, a little different. When I’m done saying what I have to say about that I’m going to give you some unsolicited — but free and useful — advice.

I struggled at Mille Lacs. That’s on me. At the same time though I didn’t get any help from some of the fans. I’m not saying that anyone was targeting me as an individual. They weren’t. Other anglers complained about the same thing. Here’s how it all went down.

My plan was to flip and pitch reeds. The water was gin clear, and they were really shallow. Two feet was the deepest. Most of the time I was fishing shallower than that. The strips of reeds were between 50 and 150 yards long. These were one or two fish spots. I fished them two or three times a day.

Much of the time I’d start at one end and work my way towards the other end. But, within a few minutes a recreational angler would start fishing the other end and work towards me. Obviously, much of my spot was ruined. Just as bad, some anglers would bump the reeds. That not only ruined their chances of catching a quality bass, but it also ruined mine.

I know this was tournament specific. I stayed a couple of extra days. After we left there was never more than three trailers at any ramp. Full Article


Chalk Talk: Monroe's warm-weather tactics


In the springtime, when the water is just starting to warm, bass can be easy to catch. But once the heat of the summer starts to set in, that’s when things get complicated.

While there are often big schools of fish out deep, Ish Monroe contests the conventional wisdom that they’re all out on offshore structure. He “firmly believes that only a certain percentage of the fish move out there.”

It’s not that he can’t fish deep – he has three Lowrance Gen 3 HDS 12s on his Ranger and he’s well versed in their operation, but the big-bass guru would rather stay shallow, particularly if he can have that zone largely to himself. That’s why you’ll never find him without a topwater ready to go when the mercury climbs.

He fishes all of his topwaters on 7-foot to 7-foot-7 medium-action composite rods, which allow the fish to inhale the lure, yet are still lightweight and sensitive. His current favorite topwater, like that of much of the bass fishing fraternity, is the River2Sea Whopper Plopper. It produces vicious strikes, he said, because “the fish get angry at it.”

When the grass is too thick for the Plopper’s trebles, he’ll turn to a buzzbait for the same reasons. While he might move to a 7.3:1 gear ratio Daiwa baitcasting reels for his poppers, walking baits and frogs, with the Whopper Plopper and the buzzbait he sticks with 6.3:1, so as not to overwork the lures.

When the water is just starting to warm, he’ll go with a popper, like the River2Sea Bubble Pop or the original Pop-R, and when it comes to walking baits, the River2Sea Rover is his choice. He called it “the evolution of what a Zara Spook has become” thanks to its easy walking action, its three trebles and updated ultra-realistic color choices. Of course the hollow-bodied frogs, particularly those of his own design, never leave the boat.

With the topwater bite, he encourages anglers to seek out shade – whether it comes in the form of trees, sea walls, bridge pilings or even buildings. Most importantly, it’s critical to understand how the shade pattern changes over the course of the day, and which places will provide windows of opportunity. If you’re fishing a relatively cover-free body of water, it makes sense to look for other sources of shade, which may include placing your own “cages” under the surface to achieve the same affect.

While topwater is an exciting and effective way to target big fish when it’s warm, Ish notes that fish are lazy when it’s hot and they don’t want to move any more than they have to. Accordingly, you have to be prepared to change and slow down. Often, that means finesse.
It’s not an easy switch for Monroe, who admits that he’d “rather go to the dentist…than fish a spinning rod.” Nevertheless, he’s not too proud to pick up a Carolina rig, a shaky-head, or even “old faithful, the splitshot rig.”

As with his casting gear, he doesn’t go under 7-foot with his spinning rods, and prefers a carefully-spooled 2500-size Daiwa spinning reel for most finesse applications. While you can use straight 6- to 8-pound fluorocarbon, increasingly he uses a braid main line attached to a fluoro leader with an Albright knot.

To see Monroe's full video seminar on this topic, subscribe to The Bass University TV.


Pro's Quick Tip: Monroe's Heavy-Handed Approach


Photo by Saito - It’s no secret that Ish Monroe would spend the rest of his days bass fishing with a flipping stick in his hand and a frog at the ready. While he’s widely known as one of the top shallow-water anglers among touring pros, his tactics aren’t so much. 

Recently, he placed third at the Toledo Bend Bassmaster Elite Series, using a strategy he calls “dropping bombs on ’em.”

Outside the Box

Anglers have been conditioned to pitch the lightest weights possible when fishing shallow cover and to be as stealthy and quiet while presenting their bait. If the fish are spooky, covert tactics are useful, but Monroe prefers to pitch and flip heavier weights to create a reaction strike.

At Toledo Bend, he fished a ¾- and 1-ounce River2Sea Junkyard Jig designed by Tommy Biffle to run up the leaderboard. Read more


Fish What You Feel like

There are many lakes around the country that face extreme amounts of fishing pressure.  Bass in lakes that are the size of a small state can become less hospitable with the amount of pressure that they get when a big tournament is in town.

We’re not just talking big as in the terms of a Bassmaster Elite Series or FLW Tour event coming to town; but also big as in sheer numbers of boats on the water.

For instance, the week prior to the FLW Tour hitting Grand Lake this past week, there was reportedly a 400 boat tournament that happened on the lake.  A Nichols Marine tournament there routinely draws over 250 boats and they host four events a year.  During the peak season, Guntersville; or any other TVA lake for that matter, can look like a parking lot with bass boats lined up fishing ledges.  California’s Clear Lake will have tournaments scheduled for at least 90-percent of the weekends each year. Read More


Ish Monroe - Back to Preparation

I'm back to doing prep for 2013: mind, body and tackle prep – that’s what the fall is all about.

Just got back from Major League Fishing in Florida– you know, we got hit by big Sandy out there – she was pretty harsh on the boys out there on the East Coast.

But, other than that, I have been back at home in the gym as much as I possibly can for preparation of the body; spending a lot of time working on tackle – getting all my baits together because I am going to be running two Ranger 25c's next year with Yamaha 250SHOs on them. So I have to double up on my tackle – and that is getting all the tackle prepped.

Hey, just spending some time on the internet prepping for next year mentally; you know, looking at the lakes; looking at past conditions; thinking about future conditions – getting the head ready to go out there and do well on tour, because if you do your mind, body and tackle prep getting ready for the next season, you’re pretty much going to have a good season out there. If you don’t prep yourself, you don’t know what you are going to encounter and you can have a really bad season.

So, like they say about luck, it is preparation meeting opportunity – and if my preparation is good and the opportunity arises – then I guess I am going to be lucky.

So, until next time, good fishing and remember – always have fun! Visit me on my website

Ish Monroe - Off Season Prep

The off season… Well, truthfully, the off season never really is the off season – just some time off from the competition. Although I went on vacation; you know – got some R and R in.

But once I get back it’s back to work – back with talking with sponsors; working on deals for next year. I am actually really excited about a lot of stuff that is going on for next year with my sponsors.

You know, my company is starting to introduce new products – I will definitely keep you guys up on what is coming out. I am working on a big sponsorship deal that I think is pretty much done for FLW next year which you guys will hear about soon.

I mean, there is really a lot of good things that I get to work on in the off season…even got to spend some time on the Delta fishing my Biggie Series Crank bait – you know, dropping some D Bombs on them – you know, catching some fish; so it is pretty fun!

I even had a frog bite yesterday!

So, it is a pretty great off season; I am liking it; going to the gym every day working out because I tell people all the time, you work hard in the season, but you work harder in the off season – prepping your body; being mentally prepared.

So, those are the things I have pretty much been doing; you know, a little bit of fishing while working with sponsors and hitting the gym.

Rest – relaxation and ICAST.

Well, you guys didn’t get a blog from me a week before, because I was in Costa Rica.

Got some really good R and R; really needed a break; came back refreshed, rejuvenated to head to ICAST; which is a phenomenal show – new Biggie Series Crank Baits going well so it will be available just about everywhere as well as the Bling being available - so, super, super excited about that!

Really excited about the new Daiwa products, got a bunch of new reels – made my Samurai braided line even better, which I didn’t think that they could do – and they came out with new rods.

Snag-Proof has released my Poppin’ Frog – so check out my Poppin’ Phattie. River2Sea has done an awesome job with the Bumbershoot with John Murray; revamping the Rover with Scott Martin; they did pretty awesome with those baits. So, if you get a chance, check those out.

And now, I flew from Florida to Kentucky and now I am driving to New York and the Lake Champlain EverStart.

I’ll fish there and then immediately to Nealy Henry for the PAA in Alabama and then to the Snag-Proof Open. And after Snag-Proof Open I am going to get in some more R and R.

So, ‘til then, have fun and good fishin’

Toledo Bend!

I want to say that I uphold one of the rules that you don’t do – and that is get caught up in the “dock talk” – I got caught up in the “dock talk.”
I roomed with the offshore specialist guys - Mike Iaconelli, John Crews – they can catch them offshore.

Me – myself – I can catch them offshore, but I would prefer to fish shallow and there was every possible sort of structure that I wanted to fish – up shallow – but I did not take advantage of it.

I still got a check –didn’t do as well as I wanted to and felt like I could have done better. But when your roommates go out there and they are catching 28 to 25 pound bags out deep and you know the tournament’s going to be won out deep you kind of want to go out there.

But, then there was this one California guy, Chris Zaldain – he ended up finishing in the top twelve fishing shallow and it was a mistake that I made because I didn’t practice enough shallow and I should have.

I spent a lot of time deep and I fished the first day of the tournament deep and at noon I had two little fish in the boat and I went shallow and caught 13 pounds which put me in check contention.

So, the rule for the week is do not get caught up in the “dock talk.” So, for me, no more “dock talk.”

I had a week off for R and R at my buddy’s house at Table Rock Lake – James Watson – and now to LaCrosse, Wis. for the next B.A.S.S. Elite on a place where they can say everything they want – they can tell me the Senko bite is on; the drop shot bite is on; the spinnerbait bite is on and I am going to punch and throw a frog for the whole tournament.

It had a lot of rain, so the flippin’ might be good, but I am going to spend my time punching and flipping – that’s not listening to anyone telling me they are catching them off shore – and I am going to flip and I am going to throw a frog.
So, hopefully it pans out!

On my next blog – hopefully another W out there hopefully for Ish Monroe and that will be about it!

Oh, by the way, a belated Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there - especially my Dad!

Ish Monroe - Season Half Over

WOW – half the season’s done.

I’ve been on the road for four weeks; just one more week to go here FLW Potomac this week.

Had a decent week at the PAA – another top ten finish there.

Been a heck of a run on the season this year and lots of thanks to my baits – you know, my Biggie Series crankbaits by River2Sea have definitely played a part for me, at almost every event this year.

The Missile Baits D Bomb as well as the Snag Proof Ish’s Phat Phrog starting to come into effect so I am really excited about that; especially here at the Potomac River. I get to flip the D Bomb with a punch skirt and a River2Sea Trash Bomb.

I get to throw my Biggie Crankbait on some rocks a little bit, and, I get to flip and frog all day if I really want to.

So, I am really excited about that – looking forward to this week; had a decent week – caught a lot of fish – had a lot of decent bites – hopefully I will go big this week at the FLW Event.

Then I will have the Collegiate BASS Championship that I have to go to down in Alabama and then for a little change, I get a week and a half off.
I’ve got a little bit of business, but definitely get some R and R before my next run of tournaments.

Plus, we get to find out what the Bassmaster Elite Series mystery lake is – ten days from now.

So,’til next time – good fishin’.

Ish Monroe - Bull Shoals to Beaver

We call it back to back to back to back to back to back.

Just finished a decent tournament at – gosh, where was I at? Bull Shoals Reservoir!

Yep, they all kind of run together after a while, but Bull Shoals was a great event.

Biggie Series Baits strikes again – you know, throwing my River2Sea Biggie Poppa in you know, my favorite springtime color, called Da Heater. It's a muted chartreuse bodied crawdad color that can double as a bluegill.

For some reason, the fish seemed to eat it REALLY well on Bull Shoals. Real consistent – you know, 14 ½; 16 ½ and another 14 ½ - I had a good time out there, and I caught lots of fish.

You know, really liking the new Daiwa Ballistic Series rods that I was cranking with – that 7’ 2” is awesome teamed up with a SteezReel – it has just been great!

Now it's on to Beaver Lake for another event, it was really close – ONLY about a two hour drive difference, which is kind of like going from the Delta to Clearlake.

Getting’ back on the water again, you know, no sleep for the weary!
And I want to give a shout out to my boy, Brandon Polnick who was just crushing them over there at Bull Shoals.

That’s the boy!

And, I will catch up with you guys later!

Ish Monroe - R and R before Bull Shoals

After a hectic four competition weeks in a row, it was time for some R and R - rest and relaxation.

It’s crazy… last month - with the win; going to Norman, catching them pretty good there. You know, sometimes I realize the baits I have created – how really good they are!

You know Ish’s Phat Frog by Snag Proof; I was catching them at Norman on it. Then the cold front comes through so I switch up to my Biggie Smalls Crankbait in the "I know It" color - everyone should be singing here: “I’m sexy and I know it!”).

And it is just game on! I mean River2Sea and I have done a great job with the Biggie Series Crankbait. SnagProof and I have done just a wonderful job with Ish’s Phat Frogs and I’ve got something coming for you, so look around summertime – you might see a new bait from SnagProof popping up – Ish’s Poppin’ Phattie – and yes, we are calling it the Poppin’ Phattie!

So, it was rest and relaxation for the next week for me. You know, I’m going to get some rest – I’m actually going to sleep in; get some breakfast in me. Along with all of that that relaxation – I’m got myself back in the gym. You know 4 or 5 days this past week I hit the treadmill; lifted some light weights; crunches.

It is hard being on the road and not getting any exercise that you know you need to be in shape to be able to fish another five weeks straight because that is what I have coming up.

So, after my rest and relaxation I will fill you guys in on what went on at Bull Shoals.

Ish Monroe - Table Rock to Lake Norman

Well, as fishing continues after Lake Okeechobee; next was FLW Tour at Table Rock Lake.

Table Rock had the weirdest bed fish EVER. I have never experienced bed fish so weird. Spooky; scary; locked on; that won’t bite. It was just crazy.

But I didn’t fare too well; the interesting note is that I fished right next to one of the guys who finished in the top ten – Jason Christie – the dude’s a super stick – I mean, each day he gets five bites and he catches two big ones.
Each day I get twenty five bites and I catch twenty keepers, but yet he gets five.

You know, the one thing he told me when it was all said and done, that I messed up on, was that he put a punch skirt on his bait and I didn’t do that.

Me, of all people, not putting a Paycheck Baits Punch Skirt on my rig!

So, I am here at Lake Norman this week for the BASS Southern Open and yes, I do have a Paycheck Baits Punch Skirt tied on my Missile Baits D Bomb.

So, I will be at it hard. Yes, I know a little dummy move on my part by not doing that. I just won an event using it and I should have went to the next event using it; but I will be at this next event and I will be doing it at Bull Shoals; but you know Norman is one of the lakes I really like; it is a good fishery; has lots of good fish in it; lots of little fish in it. I’ve got to figure out how to catch a few bigger ones; you know one or two better bites goes a long way!

But I’m also looking forward to some R and R, the following week after we head to Bull Shoals.

So, until next week, wish me luck, and I will let you know how things go at Norman and how I am doing on my R and R.

Okeechobee Slugfest

Florida slugfest - what can I say? Florida slugfest.

Actually, half of it was a slugfest. St. John’s didn’t go so well for me; you know, I made some bad mental decisions and it cost me really bad – having the worst finish in my history of tournament fishing – almost last!

But that’s the way it goes sometimes – that's whey they call it fishing and not catching.

But let’s talk about something positive – let’s talk about Okeechobee slugfest smackdown; 30-pound bag – I mean, what more can you ask for? 30 pound bags – the D Bomb was in full effect – dropped bombs on ‘em baby – D Bombs; River2Sea Trash Bomb; Paycheck Baits Bunch Skirt; I even put the D Bomb on a jig and still caught them – it was just game on!

You know, it was catching just so many 7’s and 8’s that I can’t even see straight anymore.

But I’m off FLW Tour at Table Rock and I don’t think it’s going to compare! I mean, nothing else is going to compare to the slugfest at Lake Okeechobee – that lake is back on it’s way back to being the number one lake in the country for bass fishing. It is extremely awesome.

I don’t get too much time to enjoy the win – it is back on the road again; head to Table Rock Lake for the FLW event and then heading to Norman for the BASS Open.

People are probably saying you’re insane – yeah! I am, but I love tournament fishing and I love winning, so the more tournaments you fish, the more opportunities you have to win, so, off to another tournament!

Until next week, have fun, catch some fish and go get yourself some D Bombs!

Ish Monroe - Lake Hartwell Wrap and First Elite

Well, first tournament down the shoot at Lake Hartwell.

Not a bad finish; I really wanted to fish a little bit better, but hey – caught them on my River2Sea Biggie Crankbait and Bling spinnerbaits.
That spinnerbait is SO awesome – it has that big hook in it. I caught a couple of four pounders that were really key; I just needed ONE more bite to make that top twenty cut.

But, it was still a good finish and off to the first Bassmaster Elite Series event down here at the St. John’s River.

Boy the St. John's River a lot different from last year, there are not as many spawners; so, there is definitely going to be some post spawn fishing going on.
But hey, the Bling Spinnerbait could play a factor; the Phat Frog for sure will definitely play a factor for this week – really good on those post spawners.

It has definitely been interesting.

I have covered; I want to say, about a hundred mile stretch of the three hundred miles of the St. John’s River.

You know, I really thought that punching with the River2Sea Trash Bomb and Missile Baits D Bomb would be a factor, but they have been doing a bunch of spraying here and that hurts the punch bite – but hey, as long as there is a little duck weed I can get my frog going and I think I will be really good to finish; hopefully top twenty in this tournament and have a shot at the win.

So, until next week at Okeechobee where the big sticks will play a factor; I will see you guys then!

Ish Monroe - On the Road - Five Weeks Straight

Well, as usual – traveling again!

You know, one tournament to the next – the Classic wasn’t so great – but hey, you can’t knock making the Classic; definitely a fun event.

So, on to the next event. It is Lake Hartwell.

But, before that, I had to stop at my buddy Britt Myers shop in North Carolina – C.S. Motor Sports and get myself some new tires for the Cocoon’s ride.
Always a pleasure to go see him and Missy cuz they definitely take care of my truck – they even fixed a few things that I didn’t even know were wrong with it! Got me back and heading to the next event!

But even before I got to Hartwell I flew out of Atlanta to Newark to teach at Bass University which is always a great event as well, to do.

You know, the story of a bass fisherman’s life – work, work, work – with a little time for fishing!

After Hartwell it will be moving on to the next event in Florida; it’s going to be one week after another…five weeks in a row fishing – but hey, there's always stuff to do around the fishing part.

So, until next week…

Ish Monroe - FLW Okeechobee Wrap Up

Well, second Derby of the year is out of the way!

25th place finish – I’m okay with that. Still, really wanted to make the cut – got beat down by between 8 and 10 pounds.

Yeah, I got a spanking like a red-headed step-child that stole something!

But it was a fun tournament, I caught them one of the ways I like to catch them, and that is punching one of the River2Sea one and a half ounce Trash Bomb a Missile Baits Missile Craw and a Paycheck bunch skirt – was definitely the keys and you know.

Ish Monroe - Florida Practice

Game on boys…back on the water! Glad to be back!

I'm having a little break in between tournaments is kinda nice – I get to regroup, especially after having not such a good first event.

But, I am fired up and ready to go to Okeechobee.

But, I’m not even there yet; I’m on the St John’s for a little bit this week; practicing for the Elite Series – checking some stuff that I didn’t check before and I’ve been trying to find something else that not a lot of other guys found, you know?

You will get what Big Show did and he went opposite direction of most guys and found some fish that really hadn’t been pressured too much and finished second.

So, I am fired up with the new Lithium Batteries from Smart Batteries, they have been awesome on the water, because I am putting in long days and I am hammering on my MotorGuide; HARD! I guarantee you I spent at least eight hours on the trolling motor and didn’t even have a glitch and the battery still charged in two and a half hours.

I love these things! My boat is running good; I mean it’s got my Ranger Z521 and Yamaha 250 SHO running about 73 M-P-H solid on my Lowrance GPS.

So, on the water; hopefully Okeechobee will pay off and I will hit you guys after practice and let you know what’s going on. Hopefully I’ll catch ‘em; I’ll let you know what’s going on.


Ish Monroe - Up and Down in Florida

Well, Sometimes it goes and sometimes it don't... My River2Sea Biggie Poppa crankbait was ON FIRE throughout practice and the first day of the tournament and I really felt like I was going to do very well in that Open and possibly have an opportunity to win it, but Chris Lane did a great job and smoked everybody!

But I am really excited about Biggie Crank, you know, it is going to be pretty awesome. It is one of those crank baits that I mean, I can wind it as hard as I want and it will still run straight. The colors are hot – I’m just super excited about it.

Got to shoot some video with it – that and Bling; my new spinnerbait – you’ll get to see that coming soon from River2Sea. That was pretty awesome. We got on another lake down in Florida and caught a bunch of different fish on it so, I am really excited about the bait for the upcoming tournament season.
So, besides shooting video on my newest baits and fishing a tournament there really hasn’t been too much else going on.

Got my Lithium batteries installed on my boat from the Smart Battery guys. Pretty excited about those too; those worked really well over the course of the last two weeks and I don’t think you can run ‘em down! I’ve tried hard to run those things down. And it’s pretty incredible!

So, Mike Dean at Moto-Stop is building me a custom box for ‘em; these things are going to fit in my boat. I mean, my three trolling motor batteries are a total of like 90 pounds which is taking like 2/3 of the weight out of the boat.
Which means, my Z521 Ranger is going to run a whole lot faster!

Home for a week; gotta get stuff done with Uncle Sam; you know, taxes, everybody’s favorite time of year! I gotta get that done and move forward on to what’s going to happen for this season.

So, other than that, talk to you guys next week. See you later.


Ish Monroe - East of the Mississippi

Well, Christmas and New Years are over with, and I’ve finished a lot and headed east! My Ranger came in and I was on a hard press for a whole week, the only day I took off was Christmas to get prepared; to get ready to go.

About a week ago, I headed down to Liquid Wraps in Arizona and got my boat wrapped; Tim’s awesome! He’s got – how do I put it? He’s a perfectionist and he loves to make sure that my wrap is perfect and looking really good!

Everything is mounted on there, the new Yamaha 250 SHO; I’ve got dual Power Poles; running four Lowrance units – HDS units, got a Sonic Hub, a five, an eight and two tens on my boat this year. I also got in my new rods and reels from Daiwa, and they’re all lined up and ready to go.

I had so much going on that it was hard to put it all together – like I said, I was packing everything for the season, but I had a couple more photo shoots; then Bass University in Shreveport last weekend too. Speaking of that, Hey folks, if you haven’t had a chance, go to either my website or the Bass University link to the website and check it out. It may give you something that you may want to come and see in 2012 – there a lot of good stuff happening there.

I got down to Florida and I actually put in the last part on my boat; I put in the two new batteries. The small Smart Battery, which is a Lithium battery. Yes, I know, Skeet Reese and Aaron Martens are running them and I’m trying to be like them – no! Not trying to be like Skeet and Aaron – I have been thinking about these batteries for a while. They are a whole lot lighter and a whole lot stronger than your conventional batteries, but, I had those put in the boat as soon as I got here.

Other than that, I got a little break in time with my boat; and have been working hard on finishing up some new baits coming from River2Sea. I gotta tell you folks, you don’t even understand how excited I am about the new baits that I have coming for 2012 coming from River2Sea!

After the Smart Battery install, I’ve got a crew from River2Sea coming to Florida to film some video for my new crankbaits and new spinnerbait that are coming out here shortly. The baits are NICE, and the whole marketing campaign is cool; I can’t wait to show it all to you – and I will, at the Classic… Baby; Baby!

Other than that I’m really excited and looking forward to the year – looking forward to the 2012 season.

Back from UMF - Prepping

It’s a week before Christmas and I got lots of things going on. You know, prep time is still going on.

Got to squeeze in some fishing I filmed Ultimate Match Fishing I am very excited about the show I always love being on UMF, it was a great deal – you know, the guy I was fishing against is awesome and I think you folks are really going to enjoy the show. It was really good; a couple of surprises which I like for this year.

I got to go fishing there, which was fun and caught some good ones and had a good practice too and caught a bunch of fish there, and nice warm weather. That’s the one thing that I have to say that I like and am looking most forward to as the season starts is warmer weather.

Other than that, I’m just getting ready; the boat should be here any day now and I’m going to be hard pressed putting it together; I mean, we are basically taking the Z 521 Ranger and starting from scratch. You know, I’m running the Bob’s Jack plate which I’ve got to put on; gotta put on dual Power Poles; and you know I gotta put the SHO Yamaha motor on there; the Lowrance Electronics. I am going to have the battleship prepped! It’s going to be prepped with Lowrance HDS 10’s and I am just so excited about that. Don’t forget the workhorse, the MotorGuide Trolling motor, gotta get that mounted on there as well.

So, it is going to be putting everything on the boat and then hopefully on the following week I will be putting everything in the boat and I will be telling you guys about that and getting you guys some video here of the rigging of the boat and you will kind of be getting an idea of where I start every year and how I end up.

You know, anybody that says preparation is overrated is definitely a person who needs to prep because you know what they say about luck – it is preparation meeting opportunity and it is if you get both of those things coming together can make a lot of things happen.

So, I have been cranking out a lot of articles so there will be a lot of good stuff out there for you guys to read and I get my teaser emails from my hot new soft plastics company about all the new baits that are coming in here pretty soon, so that’s got me a lot of excited too!

Just reading Advanced Angler and the rest of the news on all the good sites out
there every morning; you know, with my morning cup of hot tea.

So, until next week during the prep, I will catch you guys on the flip side!

One Down

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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