I grew up on Lake Scugog fishing every day during the summer. Unfortunately my work and school took we away from the lake and there were several years where getting out fishing 3 or 4 times was a great year for me. Since I moved to Bradford at the south end of Simcoe, the bug has definately got back under my skin. For the first few years I was fishing out of a 12' aluminum and this year I upgraded to an 18' Legend. Now that I have a little bit larger boat, it was decided to enter into some tournaments starting with the Kiwanis, Can/US Walleye then into the CSFL Central trail starting with the Casey Cup. Our first year has definately been a year of learning. The most valuable lesson I have learned is that fishing competitivly is exremely addictive. I haven't been in a tounament for over 3 weeks now and I'm absolutely jonesing to get back out there. In a couple weeks we have 2 events with the CSFL, first being on Sturgeon which I have only fished once and the second being on Scugog. My partner Mark Welling and I are so amped for these two events and hope to take home a top 10 placing for the first time. I can't really imagine a better place to have my first good showing in a tournament, then on the lake I fished for 20 years as I grew up.
My hats off to all of those that have taken the leap to fish tounaments every weekend and even throughout the week. Hopefully I can figure a way to make it happen next year for my partner and I as well. If competitive fishing is a sickness, I'm definately infected!