The Tour’s sixth stop was The Mississippi River (pools 7, 8 and 9) out of La Crosse, WI. The Mississippi is well known for its plentiful cover such as wood, wing dams, vegetation, backwater pools and docks. Our first day of practice found Jimmy and me with no bites, so we decided to make a run. We quickly found ourselves on a sand bar, stuck high and dry. Luckily, fellow Yamamoto pro Darrel Robertson happened by and pulled us out. (Thanks, Darrel!)
From time to time, BASS will introduce a relatively unknown body of water to our tournament schedule. Winyah Bay on South Carolina’s coast was just that.
Overwhelmingly vast, the area serves as a massive estuary, fed by multiple rivers and tidal streams. To prepare myself for the event, I visited Winyah Bay several months in advance — hoping anything I might find would pay off later.