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Beatin’ The Bank with Bernie Schultz —2017 Lake St. Clair BASS Elite

Beatin’ The Bank with Bernie Schultz —2017 Lake St. Clair BASS Elite

My main goal going into the Lake St. Clair event was to qualify for the Angler of the Year Championship (AOY). That and try to win, of course.

Having secured solid finishes in the three previous events really helped — I was now within ten spots of qualifying.

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Lake Cherokee BASS Elite

Beatin' the Bank with Bernie Schultz - 2017 Lake Cherokee BASS Elite

Lake Cherokee is beautiful. Like other reservoirs in east Tennessee, it’s deep and reasonably clear. It’s also full of rock. According to the locals, however, it fishes quite differently.

Having zero experience on Cherokee, it looked to be a challenging week ahead.