Do You Really Want to Be a Tournament Bass Fisherman? (Part 2 of 4)
Back to bass fishing.
The reason I sit here feeling guilty is quite simple really. Since Monday, I have spent countless hours, and several twenty dollar bills getting ready for this Saturday’s bass club tournament. Including a ‘not so successful’ (1 post-spawn scrawny 15” keeper and 7 non-keepers) pre-fishing trip to Stockton Lake on Tuesday, I easily spent 30-40 hours focusing on the upcoming bass tournament. Including adding ‘new’ fluorocarbon line to 3 or 4 of my 11 or 12 fishing rigs, watching constant bass fishing videos and TV shows and re-tying almost ‘all’ of my fishing rigs, some more than ‘once’. Buying tie down straps for my most recent ‘project’ bass boat, $40-$50 worth of jig heads, single spins, soft plastic, and so forth. Can you relate
You thought I was kidding, didn’t you!
And keeping an eye on the long-term weather forecast all the while! Starting 10 days ago, I watched closely the forecast and ‘knew’ that because this is southwest Missouri in April, that there was no way that it was correct, that far out. I knew for example, at best, there was only a 50-50 chance that the forecast of rain and winds out of the north, would become a reality. Given that they were predicting ‘10’ days in advance, I knew that the man upstairs would make it a beautiful day, by that next Saturday. I also would have bet that some of the bass would be spawning, some in pre-spawn and a small percentage would be post-spawn. In other words, perfect conditions for a successful, fun and memorable day catching bass!
“As the hours and days drug by, the weathermen didn’t seem to care about my upcoming bass tournament’s weather, my feeling of hopefulness increased daily. I made a solemn promise to myself that I was going to this tournament, come ‘hell or high water, literally’! As I had missed the February tournament, mostly due to a weather forecast of cold, windy and rainy, and a bout with a stomach disorder, (probably) nervousness and excitement. Now, it’s not like I wasn’t fishing since then. Not at all.
As a matter of fact, I have fished 5 of 6 Saturdays, up to ‘last’ Saturday, as I couldn’t find any to fish, in a row! You see, I’ve joined USA Bassin Team tournament trail, fishing 3 different ‘divisional’ tournaments and an ‘open’ at 3 of the same lakes (Stockton, Pomme de Terre and Table Rock) that we fish at with Tri County Bass Club.”
The forecast started out predicting rain both Friday and Saturday. 40-50% chance of precipitation, began to creep up to 60-80%, and as of yesterday, most forecasts showed ‘100% chance of rain’, all day long! A major cold front came in Wednesday and Thursday this week, with overnight lows in the 40’s and those days were 20-30 degrees lower than the days leading up to them. But I ‘knew’ that the forecast was wrong!
“My guilt began to ‘diminish’ around the 6:30 am take off time, when all the sudden, after a huge crack of lightning, the skies opened-up and it poured for 30 minutes. My guilt began to increase though about 30 minutes later, as the skies suddenly cleared a little and the rain stopped. It began to diminish again, about 10 minutes ago (8:30) as the rain started up again. So, I still feel guilty, but less so.
There was a reason for all the boring detail above! I wrote it to see if any of you reading this can relate to how I feel as a life-long bass fisherman!
Now, back to ‘Do You Really Want to Be a Tournament Bass Fisherman’!
Here is a partial list of some tips to determine if you ‘Really Want to Be a Tournament Bass Fisherman’!
Do you constantly watch videos or read articles on bass fishing?
- Are you proud of yourself, every time you figure out a pattern or lure color?
- Do you weigh and measure most of your keeper bass?
- Do you get increasing nervous and anxious the closer you get to your fishing trip or tournament?
- Do you post pictures and/or videos of most of the fish you catch?
- When you’re on the water, do you ask ‘other’ fisherman if they’re catching anything?
- Do you tell the ‘truth’ when someone asks you the above question?
- Do you know the current state or lake records for the species of fish you’re fishing for?
- Do you keep track of your personal ‘bests’ as far as species, numbers or weights, and try to increase them every time on the water?
- Are you very ‘passionate’ about the sport of bass fishing
- Do you watch and read ‘motivational’ videos and articles, regardless if they are about fishing?
- And, do you often read or view articles or videos on this or similar topics?
“It’s almost 10:00 am, and it’s raining hard, again. Feeling less and less guilty”!