After dreaming of the opportunity for so long, the anticipation of actually fishing the first tournament of my professional career was so great that I drove straight through from Dayton, Ohio to Orlando, Florida in one day! I couldn’t wait to get my new boat on the water and a rod in my hand.
Over the next week before the tournament, I spent about 7 hours a day out on the water breaking the new boat in and getting a feel for being the boater and not the co-angler. I had a good week of practice, and I was feeling pretty confident going into the first day of the tournament. I had high hopes that my spots were going to produce the fish I needed, but with the weather change the day before the tournament my fish had moved out.
I spent the next two days trying to locate my fish, and even though I was unable to find them, I was still able to find a few bites and bring them to the scale. I managed to catch a 5 pounder on the last day, and was able to put my co-angler on some fish, which also felt good. I was excited about bringing that 5 pounder to the scales and the fans were really supportive. I ended up in 143rd place out of a field of 200 boats.
This first tournament as a Pro Angler was both a humbling experience and a dream come true.
I'm looking forward to my next tournament, which will be the Southern Open on Lake Norman, but tonight I'm packing for another dream trip. This weekend, B.A.S.S. is making me and Kaytlin VIP guests at the Bassmaster Classic on the Red River in Shreveport. I'm looking forward to visiting with sponsors and fans, but I'm most excited about being a Marshall and riding along with a Classic Contender on Sunday.
If you are going to be at the Classic be sure and come by and say hi and check out my new Legend Alpha Tactical Edition Bass Boat.. I'll be hanging out at the Legend Boats booth and the Evan Williams booth with my new fishing buddy Jason Quinn.