If you haven’t heard yet, B.A.S.S. just released their new Elite Series schedule for 2012. It’s chock full of good ‘uns too!
Here are just a few things that stood out to me:
Okee Dokee Okeechobee!
Call a doctor. I’m about to have a “Chobee” sized heart attack. God Almighty, my heart is pounding out of my chest. I just want to grab a flipping stick and squeeze for dear life!!! There’s just something about unleashing a hundred of the best bass anglers in the world into one of the most historically cherished bass factories this country has ever known. Letting these boys loose into this massive maze of sawgrass, pads, and tannic elixir is bound to produce some jaw-droppers! As you can tell, I am A-okay with with this selection.
Running With an Old Bull
B.A.S.S. is wisely bringing back an old school favorite for stop #3… Bull Shoals. Whenever I think of Bull Shoals, I can’t help but think of trucker hats, patch-laden vests, nubby shaped bass boats with blunt bows, and near antique-looking Johnson outboards that put out roughly the thrust of KVD’s trolling motor. Bull Shoals will likely not break any records, but it will be fun to see who emerges victorious in this much revered “throwback” venue. If you like fishing creeks in the spring, this will be a good one to watch.
Solving the Mystery
Welcome back “Mystery Lake”. The advantage of the mystery event is that it tends to level the playing field to a degree. Nobody can complain about some guys going out ahead of time with local guides and scouring their resources for help. It tends to have somewhat of an equalizing effect, but I think its real value is as a marketing ploy. When B.A.S.S. cancelled the Arkansas River event in 2010 and moved it to Ft. Gibson, a lot of guys were chattering about the old “mystery lake” days. If it wasn’t for Tommy Biffle, we might have had a glimpse as to what a real mystery lake tournament would look like. To Biffle, who handily won the event, there was nothing mysterious about Fort Gibson. After all, he lives on that lake.
I can tell you one thing for sure. The “Mystery Lake” will not be Fort Gibson. I’m excited to see where they choose and hope this attracts more TV viewers.
… Blueback Herring lakes and Alabama fisheries. I know a lot of guys will be happy about skipping those blueback lakes. I also think it’s a good idea to give Alabama a rest. Lakes like Guntersville and Pickwick have been pressured quite a bit the last few years, so it couldn’t hurt to give them a rest. There’s still a chance that the “mystery lake” might occur in one of these fisheries, but I doubt it.
So, what do you think of the new schedule? Let’s hear it. Check out here for more schedule details.