Fish Caught by Me and Jack Barnes from Dick's Sporting Goods on Lake Ontario

I got here early this week and set up shop in the house I’ll be staying in for the Oneida event.  I got the chance to take some of the buyers from Dick’s Sporting Goods fishing, and I must say, we had a great time.

Ryan McCollough from Wright & McGill Co. Came with me and we took Michael Jett out on Lake Ontario one day, and the head Outdoor Buyer, Jack Barnes out another day.

Ontario is a beautiful lake, and I can’t believe the kind of smallmouth it has in it.  Ryan caught his personal best while we were up there.  It was pushing 7 pounds, and he would know; he caught a 6-1 smallie at home in Denver earlier this year.

The biggest smallmouth I’ve ever caught was a 6-1 at the Columbia River during one of the old B.A.S.S. Invitationals.  We caught several like that this past week, at least six or eight over five pounds and a bunch over four pounds.

The big ticket for the week was my Microhoneycomb Football Jig / Big Worm spinning version, matched with my Victory spinning reel, eight-pound-test Berkley Nanofil line and a tube on a 3/8 -ounce head.

Now that the fun fishing is over, it’s time to get to work at Oneida.  I’m in pretty good shape for the Classic right now in the points standings, so I just need to go out and have a good tournament.

I’m not sure what my strategy will be yet, but I know that I need to get through to the Saturday cut, and then I’ll feel good about the Tulsa Classic; that’s my main concern.

I know there are three guys chomping at the bit to get started right now. Brent Chapman, Todd Faircloth and Ott Defoe are really the only guys who have chance at it, and two of them are teammates. Brent is with Wright & McGill and TroKar and Ott is with Berkley, and loves my Pit Boss.  I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting finish.  I just want to get into the Classic and then try to get back in the AOY hunt next year.

It’s also time to start thinking about All Star Week.  I had a lot of fun there last year thanks to the fans who voted me in.  I hope you’ll help get me in there again this year.

Before I take off, I thought I’d say congratulations to Jacob Wheeler for winning the Forrest Wood Cup.  I met him at ICAST, and he seems like a good guy, and he really surprised everyone with his pattern in winning.

Well, it sucks I’m away from the girls when they started school.  I look forward to being there to take them to school with Kim on their first day, I hate that I missed that. I’ll check back after Oneida.