By Eric Jackson
Learning a lot about competing in the FLW Walmart Pro Bass Fishing events as a co-angler. Fished with Legend Gary Yamamoto on Thursday, and then Dan Moorehead on Friday. I have been following the pro’s lead on baits, etc.. so far and it hasn’t produced good results for me yet. I have gone out in my kayak and fished using my own already developed skill sets and can catch them bigger and faster by a lot so far. Having every skill and technique in my bag of tricks is more important to me than placing, but finishing 136th in this last tournament was a little bit too much learning, and not enough performing for my taste. Being a “rookie” is humbling, but awesome experience as I don’t get to do that often. I am lucky to have the right equipment with Raymarine, Power-Pole® Shallow Water Anchor, Cashion Fishing Rods, Ardent Outdoors Fishing Reels, GoPro , etc..
I am going to put them to use using my strong suits in the next two tournaments, versus being a student first. Choosing lures of my own making, fishing others the way I am comfortable catching fish with them, etc.. My next tournament is a kayak fishing tournament for redfish, trout, and black drum in New Orleans area. It is the World Adventure Kayak Fishing Tournament and I have Steve Fisher on my Team, as well as Hobie and James McBeath coming in from CO, and Canada to fish on a team together. It is a combination of endurance, navigation, and fishing all wrapped into one event.
From there, my next tournament is at Beaver Lake, in Roger’s Arkansas for the FLW Walmart Tour. It holds Largemouth, Small Mouth, and Spotted Bass in that lake and I am going to pack my gear using just my own personal favorites and fish as if I am on a kayak (except that I am not the captain of my boat, as I am on a Pro’s boat and they will be going where they want and I am along for the ride and have to fish left over waters… but that is the challenge!
Last night I went out in my Big Rig and caught both Spotted and Large Mouth Bass. Caught my “limit” meaning 5 fish in 2 hours, and had these two nice, big ones in the mix! With my kayak fishing 2 hours last night I would have been top 10 on the first day, versus 111th… of course it only matters during the comp.
I am heading out right now for some more action in my Big Rig right now…. then we have a booth at the Lewis Smith Lake Dam…come on down and check it out!
One of the pro’s will win at least $100,000 today!, all 10 get big checks, and points towards the Angler of the Year coveted prize.