Another break between events, but this time around the stakes will be a little more final as there are only two tournaments during Toyota Trucks Championship Week. While getting into position to be there at the end of the season was important, now there are only two tournaments left, and the points scale is tighter, which makes each point earned all the more important.

With another period of time between tournaments, how will I keep myself sharp and in tune for going after the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophy? Same way I did last time — spending time with family and friends.

I got a call recently from my friend Robbie Floyd, a television commentator who has worked for ESPN during the Classic, and has done everything from motocross to the Olympics. Robbie is now covering the Indy Racing League. The IRL is in our area for their stop at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

Robbie asked me if I would take some race officials fishing for a day; I was happy to oblige. We will be more than likely heading to Clear Lake — my favorite lake — to try and put these guys on some Clear Lake big heads. I’m not exactly sure how the bite is up there, but I’m sure we can put something together.

The fishing trip will happen this week, but by the time you read this on Monday, we’ll have been to Sonoma for the race. We’re looking forward to that.

After the trip to Clear Lake, I’ll be getting ready to take the girls on a Kids Fishing Day event on Folsom Lake, which is about 20 minutes from our house. Kim and I will take Lea and Courtney in one of my old boats that we’ve borrowed from Ken Elie, my sponsor at Outdoor Pro Shops (www.monsterbasstackle.com), and have a good time.

One of the tournament organizations in northern California is putting the event on. There will be bounce houses, Radio Disney, fire safety training with the local agencies and a lot more fun stuff for the kids to do. Kim has even gotten a bunch of our friends from around here to take their kids because it sounds like a great time. I’ll report on both fishing trips next week

On another topic, I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback through my Web site and from dealers about my new Wright & McGill Skeet Reese Tessera rods.

Monster Bass Tackle, a distributor in Japan, and some Bass Pro Shops locations got the first shipments, and people are already commenting about them. One of the comments came from a guy who said that with the $89 price tag, he had a cheap discount store rod in his mind when he picked it up, but found that it compared to the highest end rods on the market for weight, responsiveness and feel. I’m looking forward to hearing more of what people have to say about them.

I’ve always said that I wouldn’t put my name on anything I wouldn’t throw, and these were made for me. They are the same rods I’m using on tour — the ones I’ll be using when I go after the AOY title in a couple of weeks.