There’s a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving at my house. After all, the kids are home and doing well, most of the honey-dos are done (you’re really never all the way done with those anyway) and we have a huge crowd coming to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. So the really important things in life are rolling right along.
On the fishing front, it hasn’t been the year I’d hoped for but there aren’t that many people who can say they fished all the lakes I did this year and got to fish against the caliber of fishermen that I did. So I’m thankful for the opportunity to have done just that and look forward to the chance to do it all over again next year. The brightest spot on the fishing front is my website, www.MyBassLife.com. It’s really exceeded my hopes and expectations thanks to all of you who visit it on a regular basis. I’m very thankful for all of you!
I’ve been working on next year’s fishing sponsorship and to be honest I’ve been a little concerned because it wasn’t coming together like I really needed to be able to fish the two divisions of B.A.S.S. like I’ve done for the last couple of years. But today seems to be the turning point. My primary title sponsor, ScoutLookweather.com called today and has decided to renew for next season.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out ScoutLookweather.com, you really owe it to yourself to check it out. They have a great website with weather forecasts tailored to the outdoorsman. You can get a forecast specifically for fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing or even golf. There site is full of interesting information from their prostaff, that includes hunters like Tom Miranda, sports figures, wildlife biologists, LPGA golfer Suzy Whaley and fishermen. Features like ScentCone for hunting and DriftPoint Wind Maps for fishing make planning your next trip into the outdoors a snap. Best of all, it’s free to join and use. There’s even an App for your Iphone or Droid that allows you to see satellite maps of your hunting area and mark you stands and scrapes.
I’ve still got some details to work out on the other half of the wrap, but getting this primary portion done takes a huge weight off of my shoulders and lowers my stress level to a pretty tolerable level. Now I can concentrate on getting ready for next season.
I’ve been to all of the places on next year’s schedule, so it should be easier than this year where 4 of the 6 were new to me. On the Southern side, I’ll be going to the Harris Chain, Lake Norman and Lewis Smith Lake. I finished 14th the last trip to the Harris Chain and both Norman and Lewis Smith fit my fishing style very well.
On the Central side, it’ll be Lewisville, Table Rock and Fort Gibson. Table Rock is in April, so the fishing should be great assuming we don’t get flooded out again and I’ve made a couple of trips to Fort Gibson a few years back. One of those trips, I finished in the money and everything I’ve heard says the fishing has really improved there since then so I’m looking forward to going back.
The only dark side to next season is Lewisville. I managed to zero both days there this year (a first for me) and we’re going a couple of weeks earlier in the year this time so my expectations are not very high. To be honest, I think I’d rather have a root canal or prostate exam than to go back, but it’s on the schedule, so I’ll be there. Who knows, I might even get some revenge on that particular lake. Stranger things have happened.
Thanks to the sponsors who make this all possible: Scoutlookweather.com, Lowrance Electronics, Phoenix Bass Boats, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Bass Angler Magazine and Mississippi Van Lines. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.