Coming off of the biggest slump of my life, I knew it was time to do something crazy. I hadn’t caught a river bass in 3 months – the most logical thing to do was to enter a tournament! My friend Tim who I met on the RiverBassin’ Trail in 2011 was going to be in Carolina for a few days and was looking for some intel – and a fishing partner for the Cayce, SC stop. I agreed to help and he brought the mojo – the good kind.
We pre-fished the weekend before the tourney. I put up 56″ in river largemouth to Tim’s 48″. I had won the day and broken the slump with some fatties. My smallest fish that day was 18″. My tourney day would prove different as our roles reversed.
It felt nice to go into a tournament with a strong plan. We knew where fish were located and expected conditions to be very similar to that of a week prior. All we needed to do was reproduce the result. Tim put up a sold 57″ stringer which placed him 1st for the stop and left him in a tie for 1st for RiverBasser of the year. I placed 4th with a 46″ stringer. This was enough to place us 1st in the team division.
The 1st goal for the tourney was to put Tim on some good water and give him the opportunity to win. The 2nd goal was to win the team division. We succeeded at both. Now, Tim is sitting pretty going into the RiverBassin National Championship in Wetumpka, AL. It’s his turn to return the favor!
I learned a couple more lessons on tourney day:
1. Preparation is the key to successful tournament fishing.
2. The Jackson Kayak Kilroy is still my boat of choice. Dragging over shoals to get to great water was the key to success on this day. Jumping in and out of this kayak is a breeze and it has proven it’s self over and over again in the shallow shoals of Carolina.