PREPARED AND I'M READY
by Stacey King
I can't remember a hotter practice! The temperature has been in the upper 90's and with high humidity. The water temperature has run around 96 to 97 degrees which is not conducive to good fishing.
When I came down earlier for practice I found the fishing to be pretty much the same as in the past and I knew then what I would be doing. This will be a shallow water tournament and catching a quality fish could be extremely hard. There are a lot of small fish here and the larger ones are a little harder to come by. Anyone that catches a couple quality fish is certainly going to move toward the top of the leader boards.
Today (Wednesday, August 14, 2013) we'll have the pre-tournament meeting with the pairings and we'll be working with the media. This is a fun day for everyone and I enjoy all the hype leading up to the tournament. I'll do some work on my tackle. I always organize so I'm prepared for when I make the cut. This is a big tournament, but I prepared for this one the way I prepare for any other tournament. Having a set preparation routine works well for me and I've done it often enough that I don't get nervous.
I'm pretty comfortable with my pre-practice and practice sessions. There were a couple patterns that were working well for me and I found a few areas holding fish. I enjoy shallow water fishing but I'm better in deep water. The thing is, you have to be versatile to compete.
The weather forecast is predicting nicer weather for later in the week. I don't think this will change the fishing any, but I do think this will make a change for the fishermen. We'll be able to fish better without the stress of so much heat.
No matter the weather, I'm happy to be here. I've been very fortunate to fish in previous Cup tournaments and Bassmaster Classics. I enjoy the hype and really enjoy competing against the best.
I'm also thankful for the sponsors supporting me. I couldn't fish without them. Thank you to Bass Pro Shops, Nitro Boats, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Gamakatsu Hooks and R-M Industries.
I urge everyone to tune into the FLW website on the Internet to watch the weigh-ins live. You'll also be able to keep up on the standings and read about how we anglers are doing.
Posted by Mandy Shephard on August 14, 2013 in Solar Bat® Blog.