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EhrlerBlogKelley and I found out a few weeks ago that we were going to be parents in about 6 months. We are really excited about the new addition to our family and thought it was time to spread the good news. We also know we are having a boy. Looks like my shopping is going to change from Tackle Stores to Babies ‘R Us. Anyone know of a diaper company looking to sponsor an angler? I am kidding of course, but the thought of a little one around the house is pretty exciting news for us.

On a much lower level of news, I am headed our to Okeechobee. You just don’t realize how big this country is until you spend 3 or 4 days in a car and still haven’t reached the other coast. I did make a pit stop in Dallas for a meeting but, I am back on the road to Florida now.

I’m set to arrive in Florida on late Friday and then I’ll spend Saturday organizing my boat and getting my tackle ready. Official prefish starts on Sunday and I’ll be out there when the sun comes up to try and unlock the mysteries of the Big O. I expect a LV-500 and a flip bait to come into play but there’s no telling. Florida weather changes quickly and the bite changes even faster. I try to have a game plan before I arrive, but I’ll keep an open mind and “let the fish tell me” what they want. I kind of laugh when I hear people say, “let the fish tell you”, but it is true. Every fish I catch or bite I shake off tells me a little piece of the story of what is going on even if they aren’t actually “telling me” anything.

Following the event at Okeechobee I will be headed to Arkansas where I will drop off the rig and then fly home. In mid February, I’ll be in Chicago working a boat show for Ranger, so if you are in the area make sure to stop by and talk some fishing, but for now it’s 10 and 2 and eyes on the road for another 1000 miles of U.S. Highway 10.