A busy week is about to get better as I head to New Orleans for the Bassmaster Classic. For the first time since 2005 I wont be standing on the weigh stage, and I'm okay with that. Lots of exciting things on the horizon with the Experience, and I'm looking forward to going to the Classic, seeing friends and enjoying the Outdoor Expo; something I never really had time to do when I was working the event. This particular tournament is going to have some unique challenges. You can read about them in my new feature on BassFan.com. The Alan Report debut was Tuesday. It's going to run as a special feature around Bassmaster Elite Series events all season long.
I'm especially excited about this trip, since I'm taking a day to "do some research." The lab is in Venice, LA, my research partner is former Redfish Cup All-star, Mike Frenette and our mission is secret. Okay, maybe it's not so secret. The destination has some significance since a good portion of the Classic field is making the 2 hour run from Bayou Signette every morning, and since it's considered the best redfish destination in the world. I'm interested in both reasons.
If you've never caught redfish before you are missing out on one of in-shore fishing's most popular game fish. In Louisiana, for some reason they are more aggressive and there are more of them than anyplace else in the world. They are popular because they are readily available from Texas to North Carolina, they are fun to catch both on the flats and on offshore structure like bass and they are fantastic table fare. We are going to target the redfish and leave the bass alone for the Classic competitors who start fishing on Friday.
Be sure and check our Facebook Fan Page for a report from Venice, and I will most definitely post updates from the Classic. Monday or Tuesday my post event story should be up on BassFan.com.
Safe travels & tight lines,