Monday, March 28, 2011

Hartwell Wrap-Up With Glenn Browne

Well I finished 61st at this weeks FLW Tour Major on Lake Hartwell, just squeezing in for a check.  But leaving this event, I must say I am a bit disappointed in my performance.  I really thought I had found the kind of fish you need for a top 20 finish.  I guess the cold front changed things enough for me and I just couldn't relocate some of the better quality fish.  The first day of the tournament was a real struggle - it was after noon until I caught my first fish.  That morning I went to some places where I thought I might be able to catch a fish or two on a spinnerbait or flippin and it just never materialized and I went to a place where I had some spawning fish and caught a limit sight fishing in about an hour and a half to end the day in 55th.  The next day I decided to go fish somewhere totally different and ran way up the Tugaloo River.  That morning started out much better with a three and half pounder in the first thirty minutes and finishing a limit by about noon.  Unfortunately I had a couple of missed opportunities that would have moved me up the leaderboard considerably, especially as close as the weights were.  The fish were just not taking the bait good for me and I would hook them and have them on for a few seconds and then they would just pull off….I can promise you this makes for a FRUSTRATING day!  But in the end, I guess that's fishing.  It's funny how sometimes you can be so close to a really good pattern or tournament finish but so far away at the same time. 
All in all I really enojoyed my first trip to Lake Hartwell and look forward to coming back in the near future.  I’m also happy to have made a check and accumulated some decent points.  I’m fortunate to have some really great sponsors as well.  I feel lucky to be in a new boat each year, and every time I say “this is the best yet, it can’t be topped” – and then every year they make some small changes and improvements that make it that much better!  I will say it again – my Ranger Z520 and Evinrude E-Tec is the best yet…see you on the water.    

Glenn Browne