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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A new season, a fresh start, and thoughts from a Legend

All right guys, enough rest, it is time to play ball again. This has been a very hectic 30 days in the world of Western angling. We have a brand new WON BASS season in front of us with lots of wonderful changes that I believe are perfect for today’s angler.

We have a new tournament director, my great friend and true ambassador to the sport of professional bass fishing, Harvey Naslund.

When Harvey and I first spoke on the phone about his new position, I said “Harvey, you are like the Billy Martin (three-time manager of the New York Yankees) of professional bass fishing. Typical Harvey, he responded, “I knew Billy Martin.” That kind of says it all, Harvey knows everyone. He is smart, stern, and fair. Next to Ray Scott, he knows this tournament business as well as anyone. He will be just what the doctor ordered to bring Western tournament angling back to prominence.

Let’s talk about the season opener on the California Delta Feb. 5 and 6. That’s right, guys and gals, we will compete on Fridays and Saturdays in 2010.

I called my old friend and bass fishing icon, Dee Thomas. I wanted to know Dee’s thoughts on the WON BASS Tour and placing the season opener on the Delta in February. Here is what the Hall of Famer had to say:

“The Delta is a great choice in February, and Russo’s Marina is second to none,” said Thomas. “There will be guys that get on ’em and guys that don’t, typical of any early season event. All types of presentations will work, drop-shot, crankin’, rippin’, and flippin’. Basically all techniques will come into play. Right now the water is real clear in the Delta, and fisherman can always find good water quality on the Delta due to its size. If there is a lot of rain, the north Delta has very little water flow, and stays clearer. A 15-pound bag each day will get you a top 10 finish here most of the time in February. If I am healthy, I will be there.”

Dee ended our conversation by saying, “I don’t care where the tournament is, or what time of year they have it. If I am committed to a circuit, I will be there.”

No truer words could be said.

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