Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 08/21/2018

Story by Boyd Duckett

For the first time in the history of the Bassmaster Elite Series B.A.S.S. was forced to cancel an event.  Due to massive flooding  and unsafe boating conditions, the event on the upper Chesapeake Bay was postponed, and ultimately not able to be rescheduled.  

With that being said, my equation for making my ninth Bassmaster Classic has changed.  Instead of having two more regular season events to put myself inside of the Classic cut, I now only have one.  I am currently sitting in 53rd place in the Toyota Angler Of The Year standings, and genuinely feel like I need to have a solid top 12 finish on the St. Lawrence River this week to be in the mix moving forward.

Coming off of a 4th place finish at Lake Oahe, which was exclusively a Smallmouth event gives me the confidence that I can get the job done this week on the St. Lawrence.  Upstate New York is where I won the 2012 Elite Series event on Lake Oneida as well, so my confidence couldn't be any higher headed into this event.

My approach to this event will have to be different than it would have been before the Chesapeake cancelation, and I am ok with that reality.  Instead of being content with searching out the fish that would probably assure me of a solid points event, I am going to have to pass those up this week in search of schools that will give me a chance at winning.

We have been to the St. Lawrence River enough times now that all of the guys know where the "community holes" are located, and those areas will be almost impossible to win on in my opinion.  Passing up those areas where I have had success in the past will be difficult, but it is the mindset I am going to have to employ this week to make up the ground I need to.

Searching out those areas where I may only get a few of the right bites in a day's fishing will be key, and I am looking forward to the challenge of finding them. The St. Lawrence River is a dynamic fishery, capable of kicking out some massive stringers of Smallmouth, so average isn't going to get it done this week.

Taking chances in tournament fishing can lead to a hero or zero scenario, but it is the position I find myself in.  We will see where the chips fall this week in upstate New York, and hopefully move on to Chatuge Lake for the AOY Championship, and lock up that Classic qualification.  Wish me luck!