As we kick off 2014, I’d like to first wish everyone a Happy New Year. I always enjoy this time of year while I finish putting the hunting gear away and begin prepping for the upcoming fishing season. This year I’m fishing both the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Opens and the Bassmaster Elite Series. It’s hard to believe that in less than a month I will be headed to Lake Amistad, Texas, for the first Open event. From there it’s off to the Geico Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville.
As we turn the page on 2013, I was thinking of all the things that have helped me become the angler I am today. I wanted to share one tip I got from my dad well before I began fishing for a living. A tip that seemed small back then has been a large factor in shaping the fisherman I am today.
Back when I was fishing the same three or four lakes consistently, both in tournaments and for fun, my dad gave me this tip. He told me to fish a new area every time I go fishing. This sounds simple, but leaving something you know for something that might not pan out is an uncomfortable feeling in life and fishing.
I had been fishing these lakes for years, and I had plenty of areas that I knew and felt comfortable fishing. On each trip, instead of just going to these same old areas, I ventured out and fished at least one new spot even if I didn’t think it would produce.