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"13 and change" - August 10th 2018

A lot has happened since the last blog, 4 separate events actually. So unfortunately I won't have enough space to get into every little detail. I will do my best to remember the important ones though. A few of them weren't the typical events we have around here so that at least made things interesting.

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REEL N' SMOKE

That’s what Reel ’n Smoke is about getting out there and finding your own passion. Whether it’s casting a line, stalking prey or just hanging out, it’s an individuality that lives in all of us.

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FISHSENS

FishSens Magazine is a web publication covering fish science, conservation and sport. FishSens Magazine aims to keep professional anglers and fishery researchers up to date on developments in their industries.

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ABOUT Jeff

INFO

Age: 31
Job: Fisheries Biologist
Hometown: Norton Shores MI
Family: Amanda, Mabel and Hutch (yellow lab)

PERSONAL

Biggest tournament fish: 6.69
Largemouth or Smallmouth: Largemouth
Favorite Lake: Portage Chain
Duck blind or Treestand: duck blind

ANGLING

Favorite Bait: Nemesis Bullet Craw
Favorite Techniques: Flipping grass, sight fishing
Fishing Strength: decision making
Other: Salmon, Trout, Walleyes, Whitefish, Bluegills, Perch

PERSONAL

Sunrises or Sunsets: Sunrises
Food: harvested, cleaned, and cooked myself
Music: Hard Rock

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Grand River 2018

Seems crazy we are at the halfway point of tournament season right now. Summer is going by in the blink of an eye. One thing that is consistent about summer is there is always at least one Grand River tournament. It always ends up being one of the most challenging tournaments for Shaun and I. It seems every time we think we have something figured out there it changes, not to mention the river is always in a state of change. I don’t know if we will ever truly dial it in like some others have but one thing is for sure, we are going to keep trying.

After our miserable performance at Charlevoix we were pretty determined to rebound at this D&R tournament. I had one look of the river during a weeknight tournament and was blown away at just how much water was out there. There were so many more places fish could hide and while I think it can make fishing more challenging right now I think it will be a great thing for the fishery in the future. With all that water we decided it was in our best interest to bring 2 boats.

 

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Righting the Ship

If you have been following along this season, you know it's been off to a rough start. Definitely was one of the biggest "slumps" I've been through in recent memory. Lots of disastrous and potentially confidence crushing events. Things that can really throw your whole game off and get you on the track of over thinking everything instead just fishing on instinct. It definitely is an easy trap to fall into when things don't well a few tournaments in a row.  

Avoiding that trap throughout a stretch of tournaments or maybe just throughout the day in an individual tournament can be so tough. The only way to get out of it is just to keep working and continue to trust in the decisions you've been making. Things can snowball in the right direction just as quickly as they can unravel in the wrong direction. I know it's tough because there's a million things to consider going into tournament day and the competition factor just escalates things more. But always trust in instincts no matter how silly or random they might be. I'm starting to right the ship although it's not quite there yet, I'm hoping for one of those tournament days that makes it seem easy to come along soon.

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