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Gotta Keep Swinging to Get Out of a Slump

Posted by blake on March 10, 2014

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(Photo: Brett Carlson)

Just like in my baseball playing days, I’m in a slump.  I had high hopes for Hartwell, but unfortunately wasn’t able to achieve them.  This is such a mental game and I’m not on mine right now.  Thinking along the same lines as baseball, all it took for me to break out was a “lucky” swing: a bloop single, a ground ball that just missed an infielder’s glove.  I think it’s going to be a lot similar in fishing.  I just need that lucky bite, that game changing decision that will pick my confidence back up and get me back to playing at the highest level I can.

It was cold and dreary in practice which I didn’t really mind.  I figured, at least we all know what we are going to get going into the tournament as the conditions didn’t change much come tournament time.  I really had a tough go in practice and it wasn’t much different during the tournament.  I got a grand total of six bites in two days of competition under the tough conditions.  I feel like I really over thought things and that was a big reason for my struggles at Hartwell.  I had a plan in my mind about what I thought would work (fishing shallow pad stems), but decided the cold weather would turn the shallow fish off.  In hindsight that was the wrong choice and I have to stick with my gut.

Anyways, I’m going to work on fixing everything I have control of before moving onto Sam Rayburn, in Texas.  I’m really excited to have an opportunity to get out of this slump so soon and feel like the lake sets up well for the way I like to fish.  I’m sure there will be a lot of fish shallow on Rayburn, and it should mirror a lot of the places I fish around home.  It’s time to get out of this slump and there is no better time to start than right now. -BN