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Occupational Therapy- James River Part II

Posted by chris on July 21, 2015

BASS OPEN Eco Pro 1 112.JPG                I just finished up my second event at the James River, this time a B.A.S.S. Northern Open. I worte about the James River in my last blog where I competed in the FLW Walmart Rayovac series where I finished 77th out of 98 competitors. If you missed that story you can read it at http://chrisflintfishing.com/blog/pants-or-shorts-2015-james-river-rayovac-event/

My finish at the Rayovac event left me with mixed emotions, would I be able to compete at that level, on that tidal fishery or would I even figure out how to catch fish during the hot summer days? Tidal bass fishing can be a tricky deal and then add the level of competition that would be arriving for the B.A.S.S. Open with B.A.S.S. Elite names like Mike Iaconelli and Boyd Duckett my nerves were already somewhat rattled and I have not even arrived for practice. 
My wife Jen and two dogs Garrett and Georgia arrived the week before the 4th of July giving me plenty of practice time in order to learn more about the fishery. We stayed at the Rockahock campground  a beautiful campground located on the Chickahominy River a tributary of the James River. We chose this location knowing that at the last event the winning fish came out of this tributary and it would let me launch right there and spend plenty of time where I thought I would need to be. Little did I know things in the tournament fishing never go as planned.


Pants or Shorts??? 2015 James River Rayovac Event

Posted by chris on June 9, 2015

Pants or shorts??
James River Rayovac June 2015
james 2 bASS.jpgI recently returned home from my first FLW Rayovac event on the James River which turned out once again to be a huge learning curve for me. Each event I go to mentally strong always knowing it is going to be a challenge to compete against some of the best anglers on that tour many of whom have years more experience than me as an angler. Going into each event I always try to establish a game plan before I arrive in order to pre-fish effectively but I also try to keep an open mind when I arrive and fish the moment. One of the toughest things to do in bass fishing is fish the moment, in other words sometimes you have to throw everything out you thought you knew or learned in the pre-fish period and just go fishing. That style of fishing is what makes good anglers great and its also something I know that I really need to work on when game time comes. This event proved no different. 


Black Lake -Crappie and Pike Fishing

Posted by chris on May 13, 2015

glen.jpg                                       It has been a long cold winter and spring has finally sprung in the North Country. It is a special time of year for me. My planning and preparation for the 2015 season is all in place and now it is time to get outside and enjoy what the North Country has to offer. The anticipation for what occurred this past weekend can only be compared to children waiting for Christmas morning. Opening season for turkey hunting followed by the opening of Pike and Walleye season, results in a sleepless night. I have given up hunting due to my passion of fishing so for me this weekend would consist of chasing Crappie and Northern Pike on Black Lake.