Friday, February 11, 2011

Tharp Weighs In

Coming off a 2nd place finish in the FLW Tour event on Okeechobee last weekend, Ranger Pro Randall Tharp shares his thoughts on last week's results and the upcoming Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans:

What a tournament at Okeechobee last week. I caught 102-02 lbs. in 4 days and still came up short. I want to congratulate fellow Ranger Pro Brandon McMillan on the win. Brandon and I shared water all 4 days of the event and I can tell you he is a class act. My adrenaline is still flowing from what happened down there.

My wife Sara and I made the 14 hour drive back to Birmingham on Monday arriving at 1:00 a.m. We were both awake at 6 a.m. Tuesday with a full list of things to do before we hit the road again. One day was not enough time, but with a winter storm already on the horizon we left early Wednesday morning with our sights set firmly on New Orleans and the Bassmaster Classic. Our drive here was pretty easy and we had camp set up before dark at Bayou Segnette. I spent most of the day Thursday changing line and doing some tackle preparation as the official practice starts Friday morning. I spent a few weeks here around Thanksgiving and I can't wait to see what has changed. I was going to complain about how cold it is here but when I read Brent's blog, I think I will keep my mouth shut. We may be ice fishing at Beaver in a couple of weeks!

The Classic on the Louisiana Delta will be my first Classic and my first tournament on tidal water. It is also the largest body of water I have ever competed on. I feel like strategy here is everything. If you make any poor decisions there will be no way you will be able to recover. Fishing time will be limited with the long runs and the weather is also a major concern. I have four areas I plan on visiting the next few days and I hope to be able to put together a plan that will give me a chance to win. There are no spinning rods in the Z-520 this week. Just a pile of flipping sticks is what I am counting on to get the job done. I will let you know what I find!

Randall Tharp