Gearing for the Bassmaster Opens


Today is an exciting day for me but a day that also comes with much anxiety. This morning I officially registered for the 2012 Bassmaster Central Opens Pro Division.

This is just the next step but one that could potentially catapult me into the top ranks of professional bass fishing. It’s an anxious time for me to say the least, just cause I registered doesn’t mean I’m in. I did everything I could to give myself the best shot at it but it’s just not as easy as signing up. I won’t know for sure if I’m in for another 4-6 weeks, which will be only one month before the first event kicks off on Lake Lewisville in Texas. There’s a lot of anglers that want in and unless you’re an Elite Series angler, a top 50 from the previous year or have a BASS title sponsor exemption, then you simply get put on a waiting list, first come first serve. I was early in getting my registration in so we’ll just have to see.

Regardless, tournament mode starts now. My aim is to plan for success so preparation is first on my mind. I’m not setting very lofty goals for my first season fishing at the national professional level. Instead, I’ve aimed my goals at being competitive. I want this for a career, so my main goal is to qualify to fish next season by making the top 50 in the angler of the year points. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll work to win, I’m just too competitive to not think big, but at the same time my goal is to learn and grow to be a dominate force, so for now I’m trying to stay realistic.

I also plan to fish other events this year like the FLW Everstart Series but I need to wait and see how the Opens shake out, then I’ll put together the rest of my schedule.

Here’s the schedule for the 2012 Bassmaster Central Opens.

Lake Lewisville, TX – February 9th-11th, 2012
Table Rock Lake, MO – April 26th-28th, 2012
Fort Gibson Lake, OK – September 6th-8th, 2012

All for now! Wish me luck!

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