This past weekend I was off to
Camp Mack for the third open event of the Florida Bass Nation High School
This was a last minute tournament so that we could qualify three (3) teams to
National Championship in July instead of two (2). We had a total 15 teams in
the HS division and five (5) in the youth division. The numbers were definitely down
from our normal. We had our pre-tournament meeting Friday night at the Camp
We were greeted with 'chamber of
commerce' weather for the event. As we launched the teams, it was anybodies
guess who would take home the trophies. This event was a winner take all event.
In the immortal words of Ricky Bobby -- "if you ain't first, you're
The weigh in started at 3 pm with the
juniors. The team of Weigel and Goff continued their dominance and take home the
victory and Goff takes home big fish honors. In addition to the trophies. They
also received $25 gift cards from Bass Pro Shops. Those gift cards come in handy for those
last minute tackle needs before a tournament.
As the High School division started
to weigh in, it was apparent that is was a tough day on the water for all
teams. The team of Jacob Siner and Cody Russell traveled all the way from
Tallahassee to take home the victory for Chiles High School. Chiles HS has been
close to victory before but never got one. Big fish honors went to Evan Weiber
from George Jenkins HS in Polk County.
next event will be the State Championship on Lake Okeechobee on May 30-31, 2015.
We will be crowning our champions and send teams to the National Championship at Kentucky Lake in July. The teams will compete for scholarships and the event will
be televised on ESPNU.
So this past
week, I find myself in California for the Fred Hall show. For those of you who
might not know what Fred Hall is; it is the largest consumer fishing trade show
in the U.S. I have never been to California, so I was stoked.
LAX: Los Angeles Airport
I flew into LAX on Monday and spent
the afternoon cruising through Hollywood and then off to Malibu for dinner.
Woke up Tuesday morning and headed to Long Beach. I checked into the hotel and
then set up the booth. Back to LAX to pick up Ian Shields from Shields Reel Repair in Alabama. This show is so large that I definitely needed help to work
the booth. For the next five days Ian and I worked 8-10 hours a day. An estimated
18000 people attend the show annually.
Fred Hall Show: Boca Bearings booth and tables
Ian Shields at the booth
I really enjoyed meeting our West
Coast customers. I learned a lot about the types and styles of fishing that
they do out West. You have your bass guys that chuck huge swimbaits for monster
bass. Then you have your saltwater bass guys that fish for the Calico bass and
of course your tuna guys. The area offers a wide range of opportunities to
stretch your line.
We wrapped up the show Sunday night at
7 p.m. and headed to LAX once again. We have dinner with my good friend Patrick
Sebile at the LAX Hilton. Of course he gets recognized by the table next to us,
which leads to a 20 minute conversation about fishing. After dinner, both Ian
and I catch a red eye back to the East Coast.
Patrick Sebile at LAX Hilton
Landed in West Palm, FL around 10 a.m. and head to the
office to catch up. No rest for the weary. All in all, the show was a huge
success and I can't wait for next year!!
See you out on the trail!
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