There’s a belief among most tournament fishermen that the hardest fish to catch on any given day is the first one of the day. With that thought in mind and temps in the high 50’s this New Year’s Day, I headed to the lake to see if I couldn’t get the first bass of the year out of the way. My expectations for the day weren’t very high but I was confident that I could at least catch one and start the year off right.
Well as it turned out, it was a day of many firsts. I had my first backlash of the year and my first missed fish, actually a couple. I also caught my first Bass, my first limit of bass (although not the biggest limit I ever caught) and shot the first video of the year. Better still, I managed to avoid several other firsts for the year, like the first lost fish, first fish broken off, and most importantly, first time falling out of the boat (this year).
All in all, it was a great time on the water and the perfect way to start off a brand new year. I’m looking forward to getting the year kicked off later this month with the first tournament at Lake Toho in Florida and meeting up with all the people that I haven’t seen since our last event at Ross Barnett. As I’ve done the last few years, I’ll be fishing both the Central and Southern Opens with B.AS.S. As with most years, this one is full of promise and plans. Some will work and some won’t, but it’ll be fun and entertaining to see which way it goes. I hope all of you will follow along as well. See you on the road!
Thanks to the sponsors who make this all possible: Lowrance Electronics, Phoenix Bass Boats, Denali Rods, Bryan’s Marine, BoatUS Angler, Power Pole, Costa del Mar Sunglasses and Mississippi Van Lines. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.