I went into 2020 calling it a “Prove It Year”. I wanted to prove to myself that I could compete at a high level in 2 FLW BFL Divisions. I wanted to prove that I have what it takes to go to the next level of tournament bass fishing.
2020 was a full-on roller coaster ride. From my 1st tournament on Lake Norman where I finished in 115th place, to High Rock Lake in mid-summer where I earned my 3rd BFL Top 10 finish, and then finally to Lake Lanier where I completely drop the ball on tournament day during the 3 Day Championship event.
Tournament bass fishing is by far the most humbling of any outdoor sport. One day you’re riding a high and just can’t do anything wrong. The next, you’re considering selling all your gear and getting out of the game permanently.
Loving It More Than Ever
Even with all the highs and lows of 2020, I discovered an even greater love and passion for this sport. My love for this game only grew last year and my passion to succeed, grow, and develop is greater than ever before.
I flat out fell in love even more with tournament fishing. I crave it. I crave the preparation, I crave the research, I crave the practice, I crave the success that goes along with all the hard work. The butterflies on Friday nights, the chess match with nature on tournament day, the thrill of finally landing that giant bass and screaming #BoomShakaLaka! – I want it, I need it, I crave it.
What’s in Store for 2021?
Truthfully I don’t know just yet. I am certain the new MLF Big 5 BFL’s will still garnish much of my attention in 2021. How many BFL’s will I fish? How many divisions? These are questions I don’t know the answer to yet.
I truthfully was hoping to be able to take the next step in my career and compete in the Bassmaster Opens or the MLF Big 5 Toyota Series. But honestly, and sadly, I don’t feel like I am ready. The financial risk that goes along with fishing those events is massive.It would likely cost me $10,000 to fish either of those divisions in 2021. It would make cashing in at every event a necessity. Am I ready? I don’t know… But I want it… I want it so bad. I think about it every day.
I”ll decide soon what I”ll be doing in 2021. One thing is for sure, no matter which direction I go, my level of commitment will be undeniable.