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Ohio Bass Blog is Back!

It’s been a while since I last blogged. My wife and I had our first child three months ago, a little girl named Tinsley, and to say I’ve been busy is an understatement! I never thought that anything could pull me away from wanting to be on the water, chasing bass. As it turns out, I was wrong. I’m sure all of my readers who are parents know exactly what I’m talking about.

Now that things have settled a little at home I’ll have more time to get back to writing. In the meantime, here’s a summary of what’s been going on.

In August I had the opportunity to attend the Forrest Wood Cup as an on-the-water blogger and photographer for FLW. FLW put on an impressive show, but it wasn’t by chance. A LOT of hard work goes into running a major championship, both on the stage and behind the scenes.

FWC with the Cup

For three days I followed the pros around Lake Murray in South Carolina, providing on-the-water updates for the FLW website and capturing action photos. On Day 1 I covered the 2013 BFL All-American qualifier, Marcus Sykora. Sykora had been on an incredible frog bite in practice, skipping casts to shade pockets around shoreline cypress trees. You can read my account of the day by clicking here.

On Days 2 and 3 I tailed a number of pros, including Brian Thrift, Jason Christie, Mark Rose, and James Biggs. Watching these guys fish is a heck of a learning experience. In fact, there’s no better way to pick up new techniques and tricks than to spend a day on the water observing them. I never knew it was possible to skip a buzzbait 40 feet under a dock until I witnessed Thrift do it.  The trick – remove the skirt and thread a buzzfrog on the hook.

The highlight of the Cup for me was the final day, when I watched from close proximity as Steve Kennedy sacked a 20 pound bag by skipping a Zoom Horny Toad under overhanging willow trees and gurgling it back on the surface. The topwater explosions were heart-stopping, and the feeling of magic was in the air as Kennedy attempted to come from 10th place to win. Here is an action photo I shot, courtesy of FLW Outdoors. To read about what it was like to almost witness the historic comeback, click here.

Kennedy Image 3

On the Ohio tournament front, I’m sad to say that the 2014 season is approaching its end. Many circuits wrapped up their schedules in recent weeks, and crowned their points champions. To read a rundown of who won and how much weight it took to get it done, be sure to visit the Ohio Bass Blog Results page.


With the end of tournament season comes the great late-season bite. The chilly fall air has dropped water temperatures close to 20 degrees in recent weeks, and the biggest bass in our lakes will soon have the feed bag on! The AEP crew is reporting that the bigguns are turning on, so if you’re waiting for the right time to make the trip, this is it. You can read the most recent AEP reports here.

Corn Harris October 3rd


6 Responses

  1. Debbie

    Glad OBB is back!

  2. Brian

    Congrats on your first child Mike! I have two kids and for the past 12 years I’ve often traded time on the water for time on the basketball court, baseball field, soccer field and football field. And those are trades I’d make any day without hesitation. Best of luck to you when you get out the rest of the season.

  3. john

    Nice blog and great pics….what about Tinsley’s grat grand parents ?

  4. Congratulations Mike to you and your wife for your baby girl.

    Also, remember on one of your posts you said during September you might as well stay home and watch college football. Couldn’t agree with you more, this September, the bite really shut down.

    Went to Leesville Lake yesterday, one good sign, could see alot
    of the baitfish breaking the surface in the bays, so the bass should
    not be far behind. Picked bass up on on depthfinder in deeper
    water staging outside the entrance to the bays, but were not

  5. Congrats on the child, Mike. I really enjoyed your recap of Steve Kennedy’s final day flurry. Good stuff!!

  6. sol

    I had a chance to meet beautiful little Tinsley, and i understand why the blog and fishing was put on the back burner. Nothing compares to your children. Mike she is so precious. Im so happy for both of you. Im sure she is the next bassmaster. Wait until you get her out on her first fishing trip. Priceless wont describe it. Im ready to get you on your yearly trip to aep. Its that time. I’ve been getting decent ones, and lost a giant(8lbs+) 4 days ago. Im getting ready to focus on that monster buck so we need to get out asap.lol Marshall you can join us.

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