We’ve hit the road for the long haul this time. The drive out to Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia was gorgeous. We took I-64 across eastern Kentucky and through West Virginia. The scenery in this area is breathtaking, and all throughout the drive I was spotting turkeys, which makes the drive even more fun. Now while the scenery is figuratively breathtaking, the pollen is literally breathtaking. I mean it is thick! And poor Mason has allergies pretty bad. This stuff is so thick that just a day after washing my truck I can already barely read the wrap on it! On a positive note, the weather has been awesome, and we’ve been spending evenings around a campfire cooking hotdogs and s’mores, which is always a treat.
So far, my practice has been a little tough. I didn’t expect the Smith Mountain bass to be as far along as they were, but as it is right now this tournament could set up to be even more of a sight fishing bonanza than it was last year. Getting bit these last couple days has been pretty easy, but finding the bigger bass has been a struggle for me. What makes it even more frustrating is I know that several of the other competitors have found some of the lake’s better bass. I have spent my last 2 practice days eliminating a lot of water, but on Wednesday I am going to try and find some more respectable sized fish. I’m staying positive, because I know that this year I am well due to catch ‘em at Smith Mountain!
Next week we are swinging down to Kentucky Lake for pre-practice. My Dad is going to meet us there, and go out fishing with me. Kentucky Lake in April should be a lot of fun, I’m really looking forward to it.