September is sweet! An entire month packed full of fishing starting with the B.A.S.S. Federation State Championship on the beautiful Whitefish Chain in northern Minnesota. This tournament is special to me as I have set a goal for the season of qualifying for divisionals and because of my soon to be relocation to Tennessee’s Smokey Mountains this looks like my only opportunity to do so.
I haven’t participated in a State Tournament in a few years since it was held on the Mississippi River and I still have a bad taste in my mouth from that event. I was definitely on a winning sack of fish but a blown injector and a tow off the water caused a zero on the first day, blowing my opportunity. Other tournament obligations kept me from participating the past couple years even though they were held on fisheries that I have a lot of knowledge on in Pokegama and Minnetonka. This year I made State a priority as adding a State Team to my resume would mean a lot to me. I got a lot of work ahead of me in practice but if I fish to the level I’ve come to expect of myself I have every opportunity to find myself in the top 12. Time to put up or shut up.
As soon as State wraps up I’ll head even further north to Leech Lake for a pre practice of the NABC World Championship were $20,000 grand is on the line. I love Leech Lake and though I’ve only fished it once this tournament should be right in my wheelhouse. I’d love to talk shop but we’ll just hold off till the $20,000 dollar payday has been awarded to the deserving team. Lets just hope it’s us.
I hurry home for the last event of the Denny’s Super 30 held on Lake Minnetonka. We’re currently sitting in 6th overall for the Team of the Year points and hopefully we’ll be right in the mix come weigh in time. We’re coming off a couple wins and good showings out there so I’m really confident in our chances.
Finally it’ll be back up to Leech Lake to leave it all out on the water and try our damnedest at claiming the 20K payday!
See you on the water!