It’s finally time to take a deep breath and relax. The 2015 tournament season has come to a close. I’m home in Gilbert, Arizona getting ready to enjoy the Holidays with my family and watch my favorite NFL teams play.
The last few events of the year were a little stressful, but they were so much fun, as I was fortunate enough to clinch my second career birth to the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. As an angler, my goal every season on the Elite Series is to qualify for the Classic. Through the season’s events, every fish caught or lost, every right or wrong decision, and every lucky or unlucky break will lead to your final fate in the points standings. This year, I was lucky enough to fall inside the classic cut.
A few of the final events we fished were held on the “Great Lakes”. These events included fishing the tributary of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and the massive Sturgeon Bay off Lake Michigan. It was a serious test to our skills, equipment, and mental toughness as day after day we fought brutal waves and wild fish in our relatively small 21 foot bass boats. I enjoyed the test, but I am glad I don’t have to see another body of water that big any time soon!
Over the next couple months, I will be working on getting my new equipment in order for the 2016 Classic and Elite Series schedule. Similar to most sports, preparation is a huge key to being successful in tournament fishing. Good research on future tournaments waters can lead you in the right direction to having a great tournament. This is the perfect time of year to start that research.
I do want to take a minute and express my huge gratitude to the amazing crew at Smokey Mountain Snuff. We have been partners since I made my first ever cast on tour in 2013. Smokey Mountain’s loyalty and commitment to me have allowed me to chase my dreams every day. Most importantly we have helped so many anglers and outdoorsmen beat the habit of chewing tobacco. It has been an amazing run so far, and I look forward to many more years of working with Smokey Mountain Snuff!
-Josh Bertrand, Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Angler