The past 8 days have been a roller coaster. I came down with the flu last Saturday and have been pretty out of it ever since. Thankfully, I am beginning to feel like myself again, albeit slowly. Nevertheless, it has been an exciting week in the fishing world.
First, the 2011 Bassmaster Classic kicked off in the Louisiana Delta on Friday. As of now, it looks like Kevin VanDam will win his 4th classic and second in a row. The man is an absolute machine when it comes to catching fish...incredible! He is an amazing fisherman by any standard. I have been tuning in to the Classic's live blog since Friday...sometimes to the chagrin of Mary May.
Last Friday was also the day I got my GoPro Hero HD action sports camera in the mail. This thing is so small and light, yet takes amazing video and photos. Plus it has a waterproof case that is built like a tank. We messed around with it a little this week, but I can not wait to try it on the water!
The next bit of good news came from my fellow RippinLip Outdoors Pro Staffers. Bill Kohls, another bass fisherman from here in NC, took 2nd place on Belews Lake this weekend in a Bass Open. I don't have full details yet, but I know 37 boats entered the tourney and Belews is a power plant lake, so it has some warmer water. I also know that Bill, like me, loves to crank, so I bet more than a few of his fish came on cranks. Congrats to Bill and check out RippinLip Outdoors for a full story.
Early last week I also got a chance to check out the RiverBassin Tournament Trail for 2011. All I can say is...WOW. This is going to be bigger and better than ever and should make for an awesome year! I know I will be fishing in the Charlotte tournament on April 2nd and am hoping to make it to more.
Finally, I got some good news from Great Outdoor Provision Company this week. They have 3 new Coosas in stock at the Raleigh store. One is blue, one is tan, and the other I am not sure about. I know they have been selling like hotcakes, so if you are interested, stop by the GOPC location in Raleigh (Cameron Village) or give them a call at (919) 833-1741. You can also demo a Coosa from them for a day, which is always a nice perk before buying. And of course, if anyone reading this wants to try out a Coosa just drop me a message and you can paddle mine.
I hope to get out on the water by the end of the week and really hope I will have some video footage from the GoPro as well. Until then...tight lines!