In 2014 I am entering my 5th year of tournament fishing with MRA and my 57th year on the planet. I still consider myself a newcomer to competitive fishing, with an enormous amount to learn. Happily, my son Max and I will again be fishing as an MRA team. I think the most I have to offer to this web site, is to share the experience of working to achieve success while fishing in competition with the most experienced and talented reservoir anglers. I would also like to offer this 1st blog regarding our 2014 campaign as an invitation to others to join the fun. MRA provides a rich and friendly environment in which to experience and learn the art of competitive angling. I am happy to have made many new friends in this group.
In planning for 2014, countless thoughts regarding preparation have been careening through my mind. What changes do we need to make in order to achieve success? Better boat? New motor? Tackle? Techniques? … The list seems endless. After much daydreaming, the plan to improve performance in 2014, is basic. 1) More time on the water. Our boat is going to stay wet this year. This is something we have not done adequately in the past. 2) Better electronics. There is no need to have a faster boat when we don’t know where to go. The old depth finder is going to the dump, replaced by a new HDSI box. 3) Greater flexibility. In the past 4 years, my greatest tournament regrets relate to not changing the plan to adapt to the changing attitudes of the fish. I am setting myself up for some embarrassment, but I plan to report on our successes and failures this year. Stay tuned for the good the bad and the ugly.
I hope to hear from some of you who are considering getting into tournament fishing on our reservoirs. It's easy to get started and you won't regret it!