Boyd Duckett – A Recovery Event at Bull Shoals

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by Boyd Duckett

Sometimes everything changes. That’s what’s happening at Bull Shoals.

DuckettBlogWe got a day off from our Elite Series event because of the storms that were supposed to hit us today. As it turned out, the storms passed by us, but that doesn’t mean the weather didn’t change. We’ve been fishing in shorts in 90-degree weather. Now that the front passed through, it’s getting colder and colder.

Tomorrow, we’re going to be fishing in thermals and gloves and helmets.

Of course, we can adapt to cold weather. I don’t like it, but it’s part of the game. What’s going to be interesting is what happens to the fishing now. It is a changing dynamic.

What was going to be a beautiful sight-fishing event will be something completely different. Today would have been a good day to be fishing. These guys would have been whacking them. Tomorrow the fishing will not be good. All the bedders are gone.

What we’re going to have is a “recovery” tournament. We’ll get to see who can adapt to the new conditions. And the people that do it well are going to be at the top.

I’ll skip over the part of me that thinks: Whatever happened to the old days when we fished through anything. It probably was a smart thing to call this off today, because I realize safety is the most important issue. I just can’t help but think back to some times in the past when I’ve fished in terrible, terrible weather.

Anyway, I’m not totally sure how I’ll approach tomorrow. It’s going to be tough catching the bed fish. The day after the front could be touch; in fact, the next two days will be tough. You can spend an hour trying to catch one fish.

On the positive side, I’m starting this tournament in 38th place in Angler-of-the-Year standings. That’s not exactly setting it on fire, but someone told me today that 38th is as high as I’ve ever been in the standings (in the Elite Series) after two events. I always seem to have a terrible event either the first or the second tournament then have to recover later.

So everything’s good right now. Let’s see what happens in this tournament.