My preseason prep is necessary madness

Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. That’s what I hear almost constantly in the back of my head right now.

No matter how well I’ve used my time in the offseason, I never feel like I have enough hours in the day when it comes to this time of year. Every time I look at the clock, it seems like a whole day flashed by, but that’s always what it’s like in these final stages of preparing for the GEICO Bassmaster Classic and the Bassmaster Elite Series regular season.

You want to know what I’ve been doing for 12 hours a day for the last two weeks?

I’ve looked through every single compartment of every single box of tackle I plan to bring on the road this season. I’m also: hand tying my jig skirts; making my own shakey heads; hand tying my hair jigs; tying fluorocarbon keepers/bait-holders on all of my hooks – hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of them.

I try to go through all my tackle, piece by piece. It’s not an easy, pleasant job – the terminal tackle alone takes me like three or four days – and I have to admit, it probably sounds like madness. But for me, it’s necessary madness. There’s no other way for me to function the way I do throughout an eight-month Elite Series season unless I put ridiculous amounts of time into my tackle this time of year.