Lost? Turning a loss into a win!

Hello everyone! This is the maiden voyage of the Zak-Attack fishing blog.

I decided to get a few things out to you regarding turning a loss into a win. I recently took a hard hit on my first Pro-Am event as a Pro angler. Now I’ve fished may events as an amateur angler and thought it was about time I stepped up to the front of the boat. Well, I finished second to last place! Now, while I don’t regret my decision to fish as a Pro in this event, I do realize where I went wrong. Here are the some things I took with with me from my finish, good and bad.

First, nothing drives me(us) to be better than finishing as low as I did. The key to changing that loss into a win is to really dissect your tournament and learn from EVERYTHING you did. I really learned a lot about being at the front of the boat and having to get your strategy down for the the day(or two or three days) and about knowing when to leave your plan and look for new water. Looking back, as I’m sure we’ve all done from to time, I knew when I should have left and made that “long run to potentially better fish”.  Now the next time you’re on the water, be sure to key in on the same feeling and situations that you felt before and when you “knew” you should change up your game plan.

Second, I am very happy with my bait choice and I know that had I adjusted earlier on in day two, I could have done very well. I knew that my 3.45 Kick Tail Finesse Swimbait from Skinny Bear bass jigs was the key as soon as I pulled to nice 2lb spotted bass from the 30′ depth range while I slowly reeled along the bottom, bumping the rocks. I also had a great bite for quick limit fish(approximately 13+ inchers) on my 4 1/2″ RoboWorm in Sexy Shad pattern when fished on a small 8″ leader in 40′-50′ depths. Finally my River2Sea 1/2oz. football head jig rigged with a Yamamoto Hula Grub in Baby bass color caught me my best fish on day one when fished on a steep bank with stumps in 25′.

Finally, I learned that as much as I wanted to take home the “W”, I realistically hadn’t put in enough pre-fishing time in order to do so and to know when to switch patterns/locations. Basically, all we can do is follow Ike’s quote, “Worry about the controllables.”  We can’t get caught up with “who” is in the tournament or worry about weather and lake levels. All we can do is make sure our gear is in order, our strategy is firmly in place and of course, keep a ‘rigid’ state of flexibility.