Why You Should Be Rooting for Brett Preuett

Have you ever heard of Brett Preuett? Well, he's a bass fisherman. He managed to climb the ranks of the Bassmaster and FLW college tournament series and was able to qualify for both the Forrest Wood Cup and the Bassmaster Classic! After that he qualified through the Opens to fish the Bassmaster Elite Series and is in the midst of his rookie season on the Elites. 

So... why should that matter to you? Because this guy is an inspiration! On and off the water he's faced some serious struggles. Matt and Tim met Brett on Lake Fork recently and both were blown away by his story. Do yourself a favor and hear what this guy has to say...

...If you're not a Preuett fan after watching that video I don't know what to say. He's an inspiration to all of us and a reminder that no matter the setbacks, God has a plan. Stay focused, keeping moving forward, and who knows... you might just find yourself in the Bassmaster Classic! 

Understanding Lake Maps

With all the gadgets and contraptions that bass fisherman use today its easy to get ahead of ourselves and skip important steps when approaching a new lake. Even with GPS, mapping chips, and a network of friends I still spend a lot of time pouring over maps before venturing onto a new body of water. Many anglers have abandoned the paper map in favor of more “modern” options, never stopping to check which is more accurate.

Though I run GPS on my boat I’ve never forgotten the paper map. I still carry maps on the boat and reference them constantly. For this reason I was quite pleased to get an email from an angler asking for an explanation of lake maps and some of the associated terminology.

For this explanation I pulled out the first map my hand landed on, it happened to be Lake Fork, Texas. Though I have not spent a great deal of time on Fork I have been there enough to get a feel for the lake and an understanding of its features. Hopefully this video will shed some light not only on Fork but on every fishery you encounter.

I expect more on this topic in the future from Adam Hinkle, a regular contributor to the site. I’m sure Adam will have a different approach and it will be fun to see how the approaches vary. I look forward to your feedback.