Now that the 2012 fishing season is all but over, this would be a good time to grade my season. These are a few things that I look at each year.
Springtime . Grade A always my best time of year, I wish tournaments started in May.
Summertime. C + Was able to catch fish consistently, but smaller fish.
Fall. C- I stuck with my summer patterns, therefore same results. Should be catching bigger fish this time of year.
Winter. D+ always a tough time for me. Plus not enough time on water.
Taking others fishing. B I always make a point to take someone new each year. This is always fun.
Tournament preparation. A This is always as important to me as the tournament itself.
Pre- fishing. B- Some tournaments it was beneficial, others not so much.
Tournament Fishing. C+ Finished middle of pack. Caught numbers of fish at times. Need improvement on overall weight of catch.
Lure selection. C- I used the baits I had confidence in, over the baits that should be used at a particular time of year or area.
As you can see I have a lot of work to do. I will try to learn to become more proficient with Big Fish baits so my weights will increase. I will also learn how to understand my electronics so they are more than a fancy " Toy". I might even fish out of sight from the boat ramp. Happy New Year.