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and see how they did in past experiences in those areas. Once they have developed what they call “productive water” for that time of year, they then look at the tides. Maybe area “X” is only good at low tide. But low tide doesn’t play into the tourna- ment for that day. So now they have elimi- nated yet another spot. This plays out until they are

the north. They always trust their instincts and are never afraid to change on the spot.


Once they are on the water they both stress the importance of comple- menting each

are shing against throwing the same lures to the same spots. They see guys burning a bank both throwing a half ounce white buzzbait to the same open pockets. Though they

confi- dent that the areas they have left are, or should be, productive and give them the best chances for success that day. This process of elimination is used for every single tournament they enter for the year. Before each tournament they spend countless hours on the computer and phone going over what they had previously established. Now they factor in current situations that may affect their decisions for that weekend. Once on the water that very morning, they may even throw out a few more of their plans based on that day’s conditions. Maybe there is a big southwest wind, or a weather system coming in from

other’s techniques. No, they are not re- ferring to a pat on the back; they are talk- ing about lures or patterns that comple- ment each other. If they know that the tide is going to be high on top of the weeds, the guy in front will pick up a shallow crankbait while the guy in the back may pick up say, a Chatterbait. If one guy is ipping a jig, the other may ip a tube or beaver. Even when punching mats of vegetation, one may have a skirt on his bait while the other does not. It could even be subtle things such as one guy using a ½ ounce jig and the other a lighter jig to present a different fall. May- be even just a different color Senko. They never throw the exact same bait unless it is just a wide open bite on a certain lure or color. Both Mark and Jamond nd it almost comical when they see other teams they

m a y catch some sh, most likely, they are not going to catch the sh needed to win. “Fishing is a game of odds” says Mark. “If you line up all the odds in your favor you will have more success, consis- tently. If you go through a tournament just taking chances or not paying attention to minor details then it is more like playing Russian roulette!” Both stress the impor- tance of putting all conceivable odds in your favor.


They both realize and acknowledge what it is that makes a good team more dominant over others. They understand that some teams are really there just to have a good time, and they are ne with that. They too try to make the best of every trip; laughing, joking, and singing. In fact,

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