It’s a new 2016!!!

By that, I mean we have moved cross-country from AZ to TN and now live on the shores of Watts Bar  lake. I’ve lived  in AZ for all my 51 years, so I thought it might be hard to re-locate- far from the truth, I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner!! Our town is just 2000 population, and about an hour to either Knoxville or Chattanooga, so big time difference from central Phoenix. TJ loves his new school, and Amy and I love the outdoor lifestyle. My commute to tournaments will be much shorter, with the longest drive this year being 13 hours! Looking forward to learning the lake lifestyle and wishing everyone a great...

Sabine 2015

We kicked off the 2015 Elite season at a great, but tough venue, the Sabine River out of Orange TX. This year, I’m back to staying with Skeet and Byron, as TJ has started school and Amy tok a job at Rigid Lighting. I went a couple days early to attend Byron’s wedding, which was a great time. I was anxious for the first day of practice, because last time I had a great 2nd day and finished in the money. Unfortunately, this year, I spent the first 6 hours of practice in an area that was later determined off-limits!!  So the sum  total of practice the 1st day was a couple bites on some water from last time. The 2nd day, I stayed closer to the ramp and had lots of action and found some productive areas. The 3rd day, I actually had a great day in an area that most of the top 5 fished, but I felt it would be too crowded and never went back!! The 1st day of competition, I returned to my favorite area from last time, but could only scrape up 2 keepers for the day. The 2nd day, with a 2hour fog delay, I stayed close and caught 4 keepers and lost a 3lber at the boat to just miss the cut by 1 lb!!!! So frustrating!! The lesson learned was to stay closer and maximize the fishing time under tough conditions. i caught every keeper flipping a Gene Larew Mega tube with a 1/4 oz R2S tungsten weight on a Lews flipping rod to cypress trees. The best part of the weekend came Saturday when I got to take  a team of high school fishermen out on a championship finale to a private lake. My anglers, Brett Clark and Jared Wiggins, finished 2nd place with 8-11 for 3 bass!! Always great to meet such great young men and fine anglers, was truly a great experience. Next one is at Guntersville, and should be a slugfest- I’m...

Classic 2014

We are here!!  Three days of practice are in the books, and we have now checked into the Birmingham Sheraton getting ready for the big show. Practice was tough- I caught 7 keepers in 3 days, but with Amy and TJ here with me- it’s been great! We kept the motorhome out at the lake and left the boat there, because it is an hour and forty-five minute drive each way. I’ll probably make that drive in the pm and stay in the motorhome so I can sleep an extra hour in the morning. Having a great time and it is a great way yo start our new 2014...