Over the recent holiday, founder and club angler Daniel Fabiano spent a perfect day out on Lake Okeechobee during the January 3rd BFL/FLW tour. After trying to schedule a guide service the days following Christmas, I was upset to find out that every guide and boat in the surrounding areas were booked out for practice for the FLW tour. The only day available in the timeline of my trip was the day of the actual event. This however did not phase my decision to go out on Okeechobee, it only enhanced my decision to get out on the water even quicker. To my fortune, I was paired with a guide that was originally from Brainerd, Minnesota which made for an easy and relaxing transition, especially not being on my own boat and only have a very limited amount of my own gear that I shipped down to Florida before I left for my trip.
Justin Hill and myself (Daniel Fabiano) had the great opportunity to attend the Minnesota State Fishing Tournament during Labor Day Weekend this 2014 season. Having this opportunity as rookies from “Lakes Area Bassmasters” was not only an eye-opening experience to the ways of structured tournament fishing, but also helped us determine the personalities, drawbacks, regulations, stipulations that are present during your weekend around 200 of the best anglers from the state. Regardless, without getting into too many politics I wanted to share an experience Justin and myself went through on Lake Vermillion the day before the event during practice. We should have listened to other boaters, listened to our guy instinct on the water, and should have headed home when that gut feeling initially hit us.