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Getting Ready to Recharge

Posted by jacob on September 28, 2016

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I just got back to Indiana a couple days ago after spending a little extra time at Lake Champlain after the Northern Open.  With us going to Champlain for the Elite Series next year I wanted to spend some time getting ready by looking for some areas that would get less pressure.  I did the same thing last week getting ready for the Open as well.  I wanted to focus on areas that I’d never fished in the past.

I ended up spending all of my time chasing smallmouth.  I went to places like the Inland Sea and spent a lot of time graphing around looking for them.  To be honest, it wasn’t that easy.  Once you found them you might be able to catch a couple but they would almost always shut down.  I ran around and graphed probably the whole north end of the lake and had an endless supply of areas to check in the tournament.  At a place like Champlain where the winds dictate so much of where you can fish, it’s extremely important to have stuff all over the place.

Coming into the event my goal was to try and win the event and also the points.  I managed to get another top twenty five finish and finished higher in the points in the Northern’s than in the Southern’s so my Elite bid came from there instead.  Honestly, I didn’t really know how that all worked.  The good thing is because my bid came from the Northern’s, my good buddy Mark Daniels Jr. should get a bid through the Southern’s.  The only thing is that I do feel bad for Alton Jones Jr. as he’s the first man out in the Northern’s.

The Elite schedule looks unbelievable next year.  I’ve been to nearly every place on the schedule excluding Dardanelle and the St. Lawrence.  The only thing that would make it better would be to have a TVA lake like Chickamauga on there, but I’m sure there’ll be one in the near future. 

All in all, I’m very pleased with how this season went.  I never won, but I couldn’t ask for a more consistent year.  I have one more event before this season is over and I’ll be heading to the woods after that.  I’ve been getting everything ready in the woods to enjoy some time off doing the other thing I love to do which is deer hunting.  It’ll be nice to be relaxing a little bit and taking a step back to recharge, but on the other hand I’d like to keep fishing to stay on this roll.  Like we’ve talked about before, whenever things are going right you need to fish everything you can.