Every summer the Bassmaster Elite Series heads north, and that means big waves and big smallmouth. It is a fun way to fish but it also takes additional preparation to make sure my boat and the gear I use to tackle those big bronzebacks give me the best possible chance at success. Here are a few things I do to make sure all of my equipment is ready for the big water.
After competing on Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees so many times before, I felt my chances were strong going into this event, especially since it was spring.
The lake offers plenty of prime spawning habitat; including pea gravel and chunk rock banks within protected pockets. Visual targets include laydowns, willows, docks, bridges and all forms of rock transitions.
Soon, another season of the Bassmaster Elite Series will begin, and with it will come plenty of excitement and anticipation for the 108 pros who will be participating. Each has his strengths and weaknesses, and this schedule is sure to test them both.
With that in mind, here is a preview of each upcoming event.
Each year after the season ends I take a look back at how I did. I analyze what tournaments I did best in and take a look at my approach. And while it’s a bit painful, I look closely at my bad events and try to understand what went wrong. It is something that all anglers should do from time to time if they want to continue to improve. Here is what I learned this year; finding my own personal approach and doing what works best for me.