I’m so happy it’s 2013! This is the year I’ve dreamed of for a long long time. Literally since I was a little kid I wanted to fish tournaments at the national levels. I got a small taste last year competing in the Bassmaster Central Opens and that just made me 100 times more determined and driven. I know I still got a ton to learn, the only way I roll is on my feet so I may as well learn on the fly. I’ll take my lumps on the chin but this year I’m aiming to win. I’m competitive, there’s no denying that. The more experience I gain, the more my expectations rise. This year is looking great but my mentality is exhausting, I want more, never ever satisfied.
My new present day goals aren’t set to judge my abilities. Last year I wanted to make the top 50 in the points, this year I want top 5. After all, my highest of goals are to qualify for the tour level. I thought strongly about fishing the FLW Tour this year but decided against it as I still want the sense of belonging. I’d like to prove my place through the professional open levels. Plus the sound of “Josh Douglas Bassmaster Classic Qualifier” has a great little ring to it doesn’t it?
I’ve been staying real busy these past couple months trying to get everything in order so I can simply concentrate on fishing when the season gets rolling. I’ve created a pretty hectic workout regimen to assist me when on the water and give me every advantage a guy can get. I’m a firm believer that a healthy body fuels a healthy mind.
The tournaments that I’m confirmed for are the Bassmaster Southern Opens (Kissimmee Chain, FL – Douglas Lake, TN – Lake Logan Martin, AL). I’m registered and awaiting confirmation for the Bassmaster Central Opens (Red River, LA – Arkansas River, OK – Ross Burnett Reservoir, MS) as well as the FLW Everstarts Centrals (Lake of the Ozarks, MO – Lake Pickwick, AL – Kentucky Lake, KY – Detroit River, MI). I’m also registered for the FLW Everstart Southeastern on Lake Guntersville, AL.
I’m awaiting conformation but am also looking at either fishing the Bassmaster Northern Opens and/or the PAA Tour. Right now I’m heavily leaning toward the PAA as they have the best payouts, television coverage, excellent competition and the top 15 qualify for the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.
Until then, business as usual!