When fishing in tournaments you can be catching ever fish that hits or sometimes it just seems like everything that can go wrong will go wrong. At the beginning of the month I couldn’t do anything wrong, but July has proven to be a problem for me. I have now had 5 straight tournaments that I feel were way below my potential. Especially, since 3 of them have been on my home water of Lake Arthur.
So, I have been asking alot of question to myself. It is easy to go out and ask guys how they are catching them and using dock talk to my advantage but that can get in your head. Instead I plan to go back to the basics. First, I need to get on the water to practice. It will make a huge difference. Throughout the course of the day you may pick up on a pattern or area that you need to be fishing. Next, I need to go back through my notes and look at the areas that I have caught fish in the past during the same weeks. Guys really under estimate how much of a difference good notes will make. Finally, I have to keep a positive attitude when on the water. This may be the most difficult thing to do when you have consectutive bad tournaments. Confidence and mental toughness are key in any sport and fishing is no different.
I am going to do my best to pull myself from the slump that I am in this weekend with my partner Jon Parker. We will be fishing an open tournament at Lake Wilhelm. Hope to see you all there.