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Putting My Focus on the Elites

Posted by jacob on December 19, 2016

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It’s almost time for the holidays and I’m looking forward to it.  Although it’s the offseason, I’ve been back at it getting ready for the 2017 season.  This will be my first season fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series.  I’m very excited for this opportunity, but it’s also bittersweet leaving FLW.  FLW is a tremendous organization and I truly would not be where I am now without my time there.  From winning the BFL All-American to the Forrest Wood Cup I have nothing but great memories and gratitude for all my experiences there.

This season, I’m going to buckle down some compared to what I’ve done in the past.  I usually try and fish every big event I can, but it being my first season on the Elites, I really want to focus on doing everything I can to have a great season there.  I will not be fishing the Opens like in the past and outside the Elites the only other series I will fish is MLF.

Last year was awesome and I’m really hoping to carry it over into 2017.  It was definitely my most consistent year overall.  I’m going to be spending a lot more time prepracticing for events this year.  I’ve already started by making it down to Cherokee Lake in Tennessee to poke around.  I had not been there before.  It’s good to just run around and see how it sets up even though the actual fishing will most definitely change.

I just finished up hunting a couple weeks ago.  Each year, I just enjoy being in the woods more and more even if I don’t get to harvest a big deer.  This year the biggest one eluded me, but I’m hoping he’s still around next season.

I’ve also been doing a little crappie fishing which is one of my favorite things to do outside of the bass deal.  Crappie fishing is fun and really teaches you how to hone in on reading your graph more effectively.  It’s a lot of fun seeing those crappies around some brush and getting those big slabs to bite while watching your graph.

Everyone enjoy your holidays and be safe!