Thursday, April 12, 2012

On Tour with Ish Monroe

Tournament season is well underway and as one of the few who participates in both FLW and B.A.S.S. events, Ranger Pro Ish Monroe has been crisscrossing the country. We recently received this note from Ish and thought you might enjoy hearing about some of the thoughts and travels of a professional angler on tour. Hope you enjoy:

Life on tour this season began last December with the start of rigging my 2012 Ranger Z521.

Then I started my journey across country to Florida for the first BASS Southern Open on Harris Chain. I was excited for that event because I get to wear shorts and flip flops.  Practice was great. The first day of competition went well; I had a solid start with 15 lbs that had me in the top 15. Then it went downhill from there. I blanked on day 2 which dropped me out of a check.  But that’s why they call it fishing and not catching.

Then on to Okeechobee for the first FLW Open “Whoo Hoo!” Had a decent practice there and another good start on the first day of the event. 20lbs! Top 15 again, had a little slower day on day two but still finished 25th. Can you say PAID!!!

Had a short break then off to the Bassmasters Classic in Shreveport. Did not have a great finish, but still fun to be in. I locked down river twice! That was not the right move, but I still got to fish the Bassmasters Classic. Got to teach at Bass University the following week, then on to Lake Hartwell for the first FLW Major with another decent tournament. I finished 30th I caught most of my fish on my Biggie Series crankbait and my new Bling series Spinnerbait.

Then off again on my ironman Tour of 5 weeks straight to the St Johns River for the first BASS Elite event. Didn’t have the best event matter of fact it was my worst event ever. I finished 96th. I had what I call a mental blooper. But I shook it off because you have too when you fish like a madman. And went to my next BASS Elite event on Lake Okeechobee and WON it! 108lbs 5oz! Can you say game on!

But it doesn’t stop there; I had to head to Table Rock lake for the next FLW Major. I fished on cruise control there and finished in the middle of the pack. I know what I did wrong I got 20 keeper bites a day, but didn’t fish for big ones. All I had to do was add a punch shirt to my D Bomb like I did at the Big O and I might have got a big bite. That’s what Jason Christie who finished in the top 10 did. Lesson learned! And I learned it well at my next BASS open on Lake Norman. I fished for the big bites and finished 11th.

Now for some time off. One week before BASS Elite on Bull Shoals. R and R! Check me out at www.ishmonroe.com for all my sponsors and travels!