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.
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.
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.