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Grand Disappointment

Posted by todd on June 17, 2013

I'm just returning home from a two week road trip, that included our 5th of 6 stops on the FLW Tour at Grand Lake. 

I was looking forward to this event from the announcement of the schedule, because I knew the lake held a great offshore bite, along with docks and flipping to come into play.  With these all being my strengths, I felt like this particular event bode well for me.  Coming into the event in 30th place in the points (where 39 will make the Forrest Wood Cup), I knew a solid finish at Grand would all but seal the deal for my second straight Cup appearance at the Red River in August.  Boy was I in for a surprise.

The day before we arrived for official practice, Oklahoma was battered with heavy storms, tornadoes, and up to 6-7 inches of rain in places including Grove, OK - the site of our event.  The lake came up a few feet overnight, and when we arrived the lake was flooded and muddy.  One of the things I continue to learn in my journey on the FLW Tour is that you rarely get to see a lake under normal conditions - there are always curve balls to deal with.  I had spent a day prior to the cut-off riding around Grand and marking offshore structure, none of which would come into play in this event.  My first two days of practice were pretty fruitless, and the last day I stumbled onto an area of the lake near the dam where I felt I could count on a shallow bite with a River Rat Tackle prototype flipping bait.

Day 1 turned out to be more than I had hoped, as I weighed over 17 pounds and landed in 21st place.  Another solid limit and I was on my way to a Top 50 finish and solid tracking in the points, possibly a Top 20 in the points.  Day 2 saw the lake drop dramatically, and the area I was fishing completely vanished with fish.  I struggled throughout the day to make the adjustment, and looking back, I simply should have changed areas of the lake.  I fell hard to 90th at Grand, and 43rd in the points going into the last event at Lake Chickamauga. 

The highlight of this trip was my brother, Troy, making the Top 20 cut and finishing 8th overall at Grand.  He also moved inside the Top 50 in the points and has a legitimate shot at making the Forrest Wood Cup as well.

God never promised to us that our lives would be easy.  I'm living the dream of every weekend bass fisherman on the planet, and I'm thankful to the people God has placed in my life that have helped make it happen.  Through the hardships, I learn valuable lessons and always work hard to not make the same mistakes twice.  The season is coming to a close, and I'm looking forward to closing it on a good note at Chickamauga.  My goal at the beginning of the season was to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup for the second year in a row, and that goal is very much attainable. 

Stay tuned, and thanks for all of your support!