BassWestUSA - January/February, 2011, Page 52

winnings. Apparently Mark did not qualify to sh the amateur event because of his success in that one FLW event. They both took it with a grain of salt and returned all their winnings, but jokingly say, “The Org wes us the etry fee back.”

» ALONG CAME

It wasn’t too long after that rst ama- teur tournament that they decided to sh a full circuit. They chose at the time 100% Bass Pro Teams. When they rst showed up they felt, like most would, a bit of in- timidation. They were now going head to head with anglers that they had admired and looked up to for quite some time, the legendary Dee Thomas, Bobby Barrack, and Chris Raza, to name a

SUCCESS

also then that they realized that they would have done much worse had they not made the right decisions on the water. You see, by noon they only had about fteen pounds with a big sh of about ve pounds. They decided to abandon their game plan and make a move to a different area and sh a different pattern. They ended up culling every sh in the live well, except for that ve pounder. It was at that point that the light bulb clicked on in their heads, “We can compete with these guys.” They went on to nish in second place in nine differ- ent tournaments in 2009. They were very happy with their success and consistency yet a little disappointed at the same time. They worked hard in every tournament but couldn’t crack that rst place nish they de- sired. All it meant was, more hard work was needed to push them over the top. In 2010 they nished as “An-

these two have a list of reasons why they are so successful. Most would think that to have so much success means that they are spending every day of the week on the wa- ter pre- shing for the weekend. For Mark and Jamond, this isn’t the case at all. Both work full-time, Monday through Friday jobs. This doesn’t mean they are not pre- shing all week. They are, just not on the water. For Mark and Jamond, their pre- shing starts well before the very rst tournament of the year. They get together and rst de- cide which circuits they are going to sh. Once they have that narrowed down, they then take all the dates and enter them into a computer. They then go to each tourna- ment and look rst at the date. Let’s say the rst tournament is in January. They then get out a map of the Delta and start eliminating water. They know they will have muddy water from the rain and run off coming in via the main San Joaquin River. So there goes

few. It ended up being a pretty good day for them, actually, a great day. They had whacked a thirty pound bag and thought, “Man, this is it. Nobody is going to beat us.” To their surprise, they ended up nishing fourth. At rst they were a little discour- aged, but it motivated them in ways they can’t put into words to try harder. It was

52

gler of the Year” in four different circuits. And so far they have started 2011 off with a bang!

» SECRETS TO SUCCESS

Though most people contribute their success on the water to a couple of things,

the southeast side of the Delta, and probably the south delta from all the muddy run off from farms and creeks. Now they have eliminat- ed two areas. Next, they look at what is left

«

January/February 2011