It’s difficult to know where to begin after taking so much time away from writing. The fishing withdrawals fail only to the writers block that develops over an extended time. Since my last entry, I relocated to the chaotic lifestyle of Alexandria, Virginia, and began working for the American Sportfishing Association. I was originally under the impression that working in the fishing industry would make it easier to deal with periods off the water, but have quickly figured out the longing is amplified. Needless to say I will be amped up for the start of the 2017 season.
This year will mark some differences from the 2016 season. Due to numerous scheduling conflicts, chances are I will not be competing in the FLW BFL Series and will solely focus on improving in the VA Elite 70 Series. With competition stronger than ever and a lackluster first few years on the circuit, I hope to concentrate more on practicing and improving my decision-making on the water.
A second goal is to find a local Potomac River club to join and improve my tidal fishing skills. I have learned so much fishing the James River over the past few years out of the Winner Bass Boat, but considering I do not have a boat in northern Virginia and driving to Richmond each weekend can become a costly venture, it’s time to start thinking economically.
2016 proved positive in terms of sponsorship growth. SpoolTek Lures, Reelsnot Line Lubricant and Enigma Rods were added to the profile and I am pleased to say all three will be returning for the upcoming year. Add previous sponsors Culprit, Fast Signs and Cowan Gates Law and I am excited to prove my value for another year.
Stepping away from personal career talk, I’d like to take the time to shout out to Enigma Rods owner Jesse Tacoronte on qualifying to fish the B.A.S.S. Elite Series in 2017. It’s a true honor to fish with a company making so many moves in both product and tournament accolades.
The off-season can be an exciting time for the blind uncertainty and regular visions of success. Until that cold day in March, strapping on my lifejacket and covering my face for the ensuing takeoff, I will be restocking gear and preparing myself mentally for the occasion. Thank you for understanding my temporary absence and I look forward to more exciting content to come.
For those attending the Richmond Fishing Expo, you can find me helping out in the Reelsnot booth 1/21-22. I look forward to sharing in the fishing discussion. Until then, Fish On!