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October 21, 2015

Card Reflects On ‘Rollercoaster’ 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series Season

brandoncard_bassmasterpreview15-300x336Now that the 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series season is over, I have had time to reflect. If I had to describe the season in one word, it would be “rollercoaster.” I ended up making the 2016 Bassmaster Classic with a 38th place finish in the points standings. This was one of my primary goals going into the season. It was not without some challenges and plenty of highs and lows along the way. The following is a recap of each event, how I did, what baits I used and what I learned from each event.

Sabine River

17 lbs 12 oz.
39th Place

The Sabine River is a challenging place to fish because of its size and diversity. There are so many different things you can target and there are miles and miles of water to cover. I always feel most comfortable fishing backwaters when fishing a river, so that is what I targeted in this event.

It was held during the spawn and I was fishing for spawning bass that were around cypress trees in the oxbows off of the main river. The water was dirty and you could not see the bedding fish very well, so I was blind casting to areas I knew bass were spawning in.

I lost several fish at this event including some nice ones. The bass were spawning and they would grab my bait and swim off with it. I didn’t realize what I could have done differently until I watched videos of some of the top finishers in this tournament. They would wait a five or even ten seconds before setting the hook. I was just setting the hook too fast and, as a result, I lost several nice fish.

Key Baits and Tackle: The Berkley Chigger Craw was what I was using and I rigged it with a 3/8oz weight and fished it on 20lb test Berkley 100% Trilene Fluorocarbon. I used green pumpkin when the sun was out and black when it was cloudy.

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