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ICast 2015 Recap

Posted by brian on August 9, 2015

Brian ICast.jpgThis month wrapped up one of the most exciting fishing events off the water: ICAST.  2014 was the first year I was able to attend the event; I had a lot of time to walk around, network and check out the new products.  This year I didn't have as much free time, but I had an awesome time with Rat-L-Trap and Fat Sack Outdoors.  It was a quick and busy trip, just Tuesday evening through Thursday, but I was able to take some time to make some new connections and hopefully set a foundation for some new deals going into next season.

I was excited for the event on the James.  The water fishes a bit like home with the addition of grass and tides.  It is resident fish fishing; the bite is more at the mercy of the tides than the feeding pattern.  The bite was pretty straight forward during practice and I was getting a lot of bites.   

I felt confident moving into day one of the tournament, but it was a tough one.  I lost my first fish then two more in a row on the hookset.  I changed up my rod but lost another one when I got tangled up in a cypress tree.  It was rough losing that many fish, but it's the way it goes sometimes.  In my secondary spot I was able to put a couple in the livewell and get back on track.  I made a run, but not getting them on my best spot first hurt me.  The tide was gone.  The bite was the best during the first and last hours of high tide - I was on them.  I was able to get a few bites on low tide but not during the incoming tide.  I wasn't feeling great about day one, but if you grind it out and pick your game up day two, sometimes you can make a run up the leaderboard. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get that chance.  That evening my wife was calling and messaging me, my son had a respiratory infection.  She had to bring him to the ER.  Family is most important, especially when it comes to my kid.  Instead of waking up and heading off in my boat, I woke up in the middle of the night and packed up the car and headed home.  He is better now thankfully, but it wasn't too hard a choice to stay or leave. 

Going into the rest of the season fishing up north will be a great opportunity to learn about smallies.  Being from the South, I am more of a spotted bass and largemouth kind of guy, but I intend to take full advantage of the learning experience.  I’m excited about the upcoming events and hope I can get back on track!