Monday, April 23, 2012

Tharp Ready For Beaver Lake

Ranger Pro Randall Tharp is preparing for the FLW Tour Major coming up on Beaver Lake this weekend and was kind enough to send this update in from Northwest Arkansas. Hope you enjoy:

The 2012 FLW Tour season is well underway and I am at Beaver Lake for our third stop of the Tour Majors. Practice starts in the morning and I can’t wait to get out on the water. Beaver Lake has been good to me in the past and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead this week.

This season has had its share of highs and lows for me so far. The loss of Jimmy McMillian has had a huge influence on me and my outlook on life. Jimmy was a great fisherman and competitor and an even better husband and father. The look in his eyes when Brandon won in 2011 is something I will never forget. He had the same look every weekend when he was competing with his boys on Okeechobee and I am thankful that I was able to see and be a small part of that. You can bet that Jimmy had that same glow in his eyes a few weeks ago when Brandon won the Everstart at Lake Seminole. Good job Brandon! I hope everyone will continue to keep the McMillian family in their prayers.

Okeechobee is behind me. I am thankful to get my first Tour level win and for it to happen at a place with so much history, that I love so much. I hope I don’t have to finish 2nd four more times before I can win again! I was pleased with my results at Hartwell and not so happy with the Table Rock event. I want to make a run at the AOY and you have to have 6 good tournaments to do that. I have my work cut out for me but am looking forward to the rest of the season. I am fishing the Everstart at Guntersville then on to the Potomac, Kentucky and Champlain.

Last season, I competed in my first Bassmasters Classic and my second Forrest Wood Cup. Fishing at the Tour level is what I do and love but the feeling you get at a “Championship“is special. Early in my career, it was my goal to get to these events. Now my goal is to win one of them as well as an AOY. It’s why I work so hard and what I live for. In professional fishing it doesn’t get any bigger or more difficult and that is why it is so special. I am pumped up now. Lets go fishing!

Randall Tharp