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Outdoor adventures: Local series put on hold, but many other tourneys on the docket

Published: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 12:38 a.m. CST

It seems as though this dry spell we are in just does not want to end. Every once in a while, the forecast looks good, and I start to think we may get into a wet run and put the drought behind us.

But every time it looks good, nothing happens. Maybe there’s a few sprinkles of rain or a dusting of snow, but that’s it.

This severe lack of water has forced me to reconsider many things for the upcoming season, the first of which is the Monsters of the Rock catfish series. I have decided to put the series on hold for the 2013 season. I just can’t justify taking sponsors’ money when I know the low water will severely limit attendance. It was obvious last year the water was extremely detrimental to the series.

For instance, the first three tournaments held last year had an average entry of 25½ boats. That is a great number. However, as the water dropped off the table for the last four tourneys, our attendance dropped with it, to a mere 14½ boat-per-tourney average. 

Now, I have been holding off and kicking this around, but there is just no sign that we are going to get the significant moisture we need to restock the Rock with water. So, with that being said, we hope in 2014 we can resume a full series.

The good news in all this is that we will be holding some tournaments. The first one will be May 11, and launch out of Prophetstown State Park. It will be a manufactured bait-only event sponsored by G&S Cheese Bait and J&N Dip Worms. The hours will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will have a 10-fish live limit. There will be a lot of guaranteed money, as well.

For more details on that and other tourneys, stay tuned to the tourney section at catfishacademy.com, to our Monsters of The Rock Facebook page. I want to make this series a success, and I believe it was evident by the first few tournaments that it will be. We just need a little help from Mother Nature ... so break out your best rain and/or snow dances.

In the meantime, there is cool news on the tournament scene elsewhere. The Cabela’s event returns to Dixon for the fifth time in as many years, and will be held June 8. What a huge deal this thing has become. The four largest single-day tourneys in Cabela’s history? I’d say that’s a big deal. Thanks to all the great sponsors that continue to make the event happen. I appreciate it a ton. I think many others do as well.

The Red River in North Dakota has long been on top of my list of places I just gots to fish. Who wouldn’t wanna fish there, when 30-pound channel cats are involved? Well, thanks to Cabela’s for finally getting an event there. Thanks to my sponsors, I will be spending a few days fishing that awesome water, and even jumping in on the tourney action, to boot.

I am pumped as pumped can be, and am counting the days until August. I will also be fishing Cabela’s tourneys in Nebraska and West Virginia, so this will really be a neat year.

Anyway, friends, please keep wishing for rain. Get your rear ends off the couch and go outside this week.

Go Catfish!

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