Opening weekend is upon us, finally! It's kind of a mad scramble getting ready for everything, but I think I'm starting to get things under control. This year should be an interesting one with the way spring has really been drug out. I'm expecting bass in all stages of the spawn and a wide open bite.
I'm going into the weekend knowing I'm going to stick with my strengths and see how it all plays out. It's going to be busy with tournaments 3 days in a row, but it should be fun. The weather doesn't look great for practice but hopefully I'll be able to get in a day on the west side and a day on Kent Lake. For tournaments I'm going to start with the Katchem League 1 on 1 at the Portage Chain, the Kent Lake Open, and the West Michigan Bass/ROI open on Muskegon Lake Memorial day. It's going to be exhausting, but I have high hopes they will be 3 good tournaments. Also it's Amanda's birthday this weekend, so happy birthday to her!
I'm also looking forward to seeing everyone after a long tournament off season, there's never any shortage of laughs to be had before and after a tournament. Also before/after tournaments this year, I want to give everyone the opportunity to demo the FishSens SondeCAM. I'd be happy to show anyone beforehand just how it links up with a smartphone/tablet in the parking lot before. Or afterwards head out on the lake and look at some piece of obvious community hole structure. All that I ask is you get a hold of me before hand so I can set my schedule up to make it happen.
There is even a Michigan retailer (ClearH2O Tackle) I can set you up with if you are in the market for one. I had actually had a chance to get down there a couple weekends ago. I got to see the shop for the first time and picked up some fresh batteries for the boat (he is a Deka Battery dealer). If you like to bass fish you'll be like a kid in a candy store in that place. Darrin has all the good stuff, and if it isn't there he will get it for you. A simple call or email to the store will get the ball rolling. A rainy day is also the perfect opportunity to make a trip down there, it will be worth it. He also carries tackle from any company I work with so it is a great place to buy the things I often talk about in my blogs.
One of the big things I've been doing to get ready is re spooling reels. Lots of P-Line Halo and TCB-8 braid going on. The braid is teflon coated and super smooth. It's also got a great dark green color and goes through the guides awesome. My initial experience with it has been great and I will have a full report at the end of the season.
I've also got some exciting news about a new partner. I've been really hoping to branch out in the "outdoor" market since I do a lot more than just bass fish. The beauty of Michigan is that we have seasons, and one of those is winter. I'm proud to announce I'll be working with Clam Outdoors this year. Most of you are familiar with Clam Shanties. But they make a whole lot more than that. Ice rods, reels, baits, accesories, Ice Armor, tip ups, and even bug tents. Anyway lot's of cool well made gear. I used a Clam Nanook Thermal shanty towards the end of last ice season and loved it. I'm looking forward to what this ice season has to bring.
One last sponsor related thing I've got to add. I finally got the chance to take Ron Hopp the owner of Hopp Electric in Chelsea out for a day on the lake. It ended up being a good one too, great weather and very cooperative fish. It is going to set the bar pretty high for a trip next year. Hopp Electric was one of my first supporters and I am very grateful for all they have done for me. They do mostly commercial electrical work and If you are in the market for that I would encourage you to get in contact with them or me and I will set it up!