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The Daily Grind of Tournament Prep

by: David Harrison 3/21/2013

5:00 alarm, sometimes earlier.  It is 2 hours before we drop a line.  The long parade of equipment that goes back and forth from the boat to the hotel room.  Fit breakfast in there somewhere, probably while driving to the ramp.  Reverse the process in the evening. 

Add in a shower and then the treat of the day is dinner-which is about the only time all day to sit down and not be required to move a muscle.  The daily grind of tournament preparation does not end when you open that hotel door after dinner.  The rest of the evening is spent tying knots and re-rigging rods, choosing lures, and lining everything up for the next day.  Monday it was putting line on 8 new reels.  One night was rigging 8 new 3-way rigs.  Tonight it was re-tieing the 3-ways.  Tomorrow it will probably be the same. 

But the grind is what we live for.  7 days in a row of 100% fishing.  What could be better?  When that starting gun goes off and the boat comes up on plane the work is over and the fun can begin. 

The second toughest part of the day is post-fishing shopping.  You always have a list of what you need to do after fishing.  Here is a list of what "vital" fishing items we've purchased this week:

Pool noodle, wire cutters, pipe cleaners, blue flukes, pink flukes, senkos, a cup, AA batteries, 8-dozen minnows, crawlers, a valve stem for a truck tire, spray paint, an aquarium aerator, windex, WD-40, and leader crimps.

The MWC Spring Valley tournament starts Saturday, just one more day to figure out this really cold river. 

Gotta go, time to "sauger up".

First ones to the ramp.In the hotel parking lot ready to leave for the rampBridge over the Illinois River.
Watch out for the barges.Mr SaugerBubblegum on a jig, works every time.
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Member comments
Flyrodn, CO   3/22/2013 10:35:24 AM
No doubt about, tournaments are work, fun work, but work nonetheless,
 
SOCOEyeChaser, CO   3/22/2013 1:10:16 PM
This type of work is the best! I'd be very happy to be in your position right now. All the best to you and Nate in doing well in Spring Valley. See you at the Pueblo MWC event. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and pictures of your trip.
 
culinarypunk, WY   3/22/2013 1:50:53 PM
Thanks for the insight
 
grababrewski, CO   3/22/2013 5:52:19 PM
Get 'em Wizard!! I'll be watching the live leader board this weekend. Best of luck to you and Nate!
 
Dan Swanson, CO   3/22/2013 6:33:43 PM
Welcome to pro level tournament fishing.
 
Dan Swanson, CO   3/22/2013 8:24:35 PM
Good luck guys!
 
EricCO, CO   3/23/2013 7:48:44 AM
Valve stem for truck tire? LOL I can't wait to hear that one.
 
jonnorris1000, CO   3/24/2013 10:47:41 PM
sounds like the work I go through just to fish with my significant other. lol It is hard work, but better than being my cube during the day.
 
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