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Forrest Wood Cup - Lake Lanier Re-Cap

Posted by todd on August 15, 2012

Bb1Well, the Cup played out very differently than I had hoped with a 36th place finish.  I was betting on hot, sunny mid-August days where the deep, spotted bass bite would prevail, yet the clouds and rain that dominated the first two days favored the shallower largemouth.  I didn't have largemouth in my plan at all, which proved to be a strategic error.  After failing to weigh in a limit on Day 1, I made an adjustment early on Day 2 to fishing shallow with a worm and buzzbait, which helped me move up on the leaderboard.  As always in fishing, the ones who make the adjustments quickest finish best, and I was unable to do that quickly enough in this event.

After taking a look back over the past six months and reflecting on my rookie season on the FLW Tour Majors, I have to say that I'm proud.  I finished in the Top 40 in 4 out of 6 events and qualified for the Cup, and probably more importantly, I proved to myself that I belong at this level.  With experience and maturity, longevity in the sport now becomes the next goal - and to reach the Forrest Wood Cup every year.  If you put yourself in position to do well a lot, eventually the wins will come.

I've had a team of partners and sponsors this year that have enabled me to venture out into the highest ranks of bass fishing, and without them, I wouldn't be where I am today.  I have to send a special thanks to Red Gold Tomatoes, Ray Insurance Group, Reaction Strike, Castaic Swimbaits, River Rat Tackle, Evinrude, The Outdoorsman Sport Shop, Terrance Smith Distributing, and my close friends and family.  It's hard to put into words how all of this accumulates and leads one to success, but there's no doubt in my mind that no angler consistenly succeeds without a great support group and a great team of sponsors.

Both in pre-practice and practice, I was able to land several spotted bass in the 3-5 pound range.  A re-cap of the key equipment for my event is below:

  • Dropshot Gear - 7'2" M dropshot rod, 6# flourocarbon line, River Rat Tackle Quivering Fry (Morning Dawn and Green Pumpkin) and Roboworms
  • Spin Jig Gear - 7' MH rod, 12# flourocarbon line, 1/2 Fish Head Spin, Castaic Jerky J and Baby Jerky J (Albino and Wagasaki)
  • Cranking Gear - 7'6" MH rod, 12# flourocarbon line, Reaction Strike XSD 80 (Ghost Minnow)
  • Worm Gear - 7'1" Elite MH Rod, 12# flourocarbon line, River Rat Tackle 1/2 and 3/4 Magnum Shaky Head and 6" Mouse Tail Worm (Green Pumpkin)
  • Buzzbait Gear - 7' Elite MH Rod, 20# monofilament line, Red Dirt Baits 3/8 oz Buzzbait (White)

Bb2I have a few team events coming up in September and October, but otherwise I'll be turning my attention back to my insurance agency and putting the 2013 season together.  I'm hoping to announce in the coming months that I'll be fishing my 2nd season on the FLW Tour.  We have alot to address to coordinate in the months ahead.  I'll also be heading to the Indiana State Fair this week along with my boat, which will be on display all week at the DNR Fishing Pond.  I'll be there Wednesday night at 8PM to give a fishing seminar, and will be on-site during the afternoons/evenings the rest of the week.  It's a great place to take a kid fishing, and the State Fair is always a good time.  Stop by and say hi if you make it out!

Thanks once again for all of the prayers and words of encouragement over the past few weeks.  Life on the road can be a lonely place, and sometimes a simple message from someone is enough to give you strength to keep going.  My best to all of you - until next time, God Bless!


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