Hello everybody, Well the new year is finally here and I am ready to get this one started. Last week the first Bassmaster Southern Open was held in Florida at Lake Toho, I was there and I don’t know if you heard or not but the day before the first day of practice my boat along with 7 others including Dave Smith were broken into and a large amount of fishing equipment was stolen. This was the first time that I had lost anything to thieves out of my boat. I had my truck broken into a number of years ago, but the only things that were taken were some cds and a radar detector. The people that did this robbery at the hotel were not just a grab and run group they were either bass fishermen or had stolen so much that they new what brands of equipment to steal. Out of the 8 boats that were hit each one was robbed of only certain things. Video cameras around the hotel recorded the time that they were there and what kind of vehicle they were driving, (white ford excursion). They stole G Loomis rods as well as Shimano reels along with a couple of Signature series Power Poles. With the kind of response that I received on facebook about what people wanted to do to the thevies I get the feeling that these guys are headed for a really bad ending. There has been alot of rumors lately saying that the guys had been caught but as of right now I haven’t seen any of my rods and reels.
With that being said, I want to thank everybody for the offers of help that many people sent me. It is great to know that the majority of the fishermen out there really are great people and don’t let a few bad apples ruin the whole bunch.
I am getting my rods back together now and I will be ready to go by the next tournament at Okeechobee next week. This week I went to Ranger and picked up my new Z520, I will be posting photos as soon as the new wrap is completed. Thanks everybody and I look forward to seeing all the fans at the New Orleans Bassmaster Classic, come by and say hello. Thanks again, good luck and good fishing!