3 Bass Fishing Tournament Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

3 Bass Fishing Tournament Lessons I Learned the Hard Way
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Walker Smith

Once upon a time, when I was younger and better looking, I competed in a fair number of bass fishing tournaments. I wasn’t some superstar and I never paid my bills with it. I just fished regionally and around the house with my buddies and had a few good runs at it. It was more about the camaraderie and fellowship for me than anything else, to be honest.

Several years ago, my wife asked me two questions that changed how I felt about my personal tournament fishing. I was in my boat one Friday night, feverishly rigging tackle and stressed to the max about the next day’s tournament. I wasn’t on any fish and for whatever reason, I was totally spun out.

She asked me, “Are you having fun anymore?”

“Heck no,” I answered.

Her final question really made me think.

“Then why in the world are you doing it?”

I’m blessed to be married to a woman like that because man, I just don’t think like that sometimes. I get so caught up in my own stuff that it’s hard…

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