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FLW Tour Season Opener at Lake Toho

Posted by jacob on March 12, 2015

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It’s always great to start the season in Florida whether it is at Lake Okeechobee or Lake Toho.  I know it was a shocker for a lot of guys not to have the FLW Tour season opener at Lake Okeechobee, but personally I think it was a nice change of scenery. 

Florida is its own animal as far as bass fishing goes and specifically tournament fishing.  There is a lot of luck involved when you are fishing down there because any given cast could produce a game changing giant!  It really puts you on point with the thought of an eight or nine pounder in the back of your mind.

Going into this event, realistically I felt I would have a good chance to do well.  I ended up walking away with a $10,000 check which is always the goal when you are trying to make a living in the fishing industry, but on the other hand I feel as a competitor, that wasn’t my best.  In practice I knew I had figured something out.  I felt comfortable with a number of areas and honestly I think that was the problem.  In tournament fishing sometimes having a lot of areas and things going on in your mind can work against you.  In this event, I felt like because I had so many areas in my head, I fished too fast through areas thinking I would catch them at the next spot instead of spending time to figure out what had changed.

Day one of the event I was able to put together a decent limit quickly throwing an X-Rap Prop.  It felt good to start the day on the right foot.  Soon after I recognized the conditions were ripe for doing some sight fishing.  I stumbled upon a nice one in the 5.5-6 lb range set up on a bed and I committed to putting her in the boat.  She proved to not want any part of what I was serving up. With that decision I ended up weighing the fish I had caught earlier and found myself with a middle of the pack start to my event.  That’s truly the nature of the game though.  It’s all about decisions and that first day, I made a decision that I thought was the right one, but it didn’t work out this time.  The second day I was able to get a little redemption in the morning though and stuck that big spawner on the X-Rap Prop and managed a better limit and a 43rd place finish.

I have to say congrats to JT Kenney for the win.  He fished awesome all week and it was his event to win.  I’m really jacked to be fishing Smith Lake at the next stop.  The biggest spotted bass I’ve ever weighed in a tournament came from there at 4.96 lbs.  It’s an awesome lake and I love the way it sets up. 

I want to take a minute to welcome Academy Sports and Outdoors on board as my title sponsor this season.  I’m very excited to be working with such a great company.  They carry a wide variety of fishing products for about any situation. 

With a solid start to the season I’m really looking to carry my momentum to Smith Lake and continue my quest of making the Forrest Wood Cup!


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