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Hawk Talk – Ready to Start the Season

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I’m only a few weeks away from the first Elite Series tournament of the 2014 season and I feel overwhelmed.  I’ve done my best to prepare and stay organized, but I’m scrabbling to finalize sponsorship contracts, wrapping my boat, and dialing in all of my equipment before the season starts. I’m also in the process of moving into a new house, which has added some pressure.  Despite the chaos, I know I’ll be ready for Lake Seminole on March 13th.

I’ve been looking forward to the first two events – Lake Seminole and the St. John’s River – as soon as the Elite Series schedule was released last fall.  I enjoy going to fisheries I’ve never been to before.  In preparation, I’ve made two scouting trips to each location this off- season; once in October, and again just prior to off-limits.  I mainly drove around and looked at as much water as I could.  Even though I try not to fish on most of my scouting trips, it’s hard not to, especially when you know the fish are biting.  I try my best to refrain from fishing because the conditions and patterns usually change.  If I catch a lot of fish during ore-practice I have a hard time not trying to catch them the same way and in the same areas when I come back for the tournament.  It’s important to keep an open mind and not get locked in on one thing in particular, so I fish just enough to break up all the driving and looking around.

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