As at I look at my Bass Snatcher results from 2008 through 2015 there can be no doubt about it. My first 4 years in the Club my finishes got progressively better each year. Then I had my stroke in late 2011 and the bottom fell out in my finishes, especially after the 2012 season. The fact that I didn't fish much out of a boat the past 3 years has got to be one factor, but I think a small one.
The biggest thing is I don't think I'm nearly as locked in mentally as I used to be. Just as I find it hard to collect my thoughts for writing this blog, I find it hard to collect my thoughts to make adjustments on the water. I also don't care about my results as much. I want to catch fish the way I want to catch them and am not listening to what the fish want as much as I used too.
But the thing is I don't feel like my abilities have suffered as much as my results are showing. I am frustrated by the way this year ended, not even getting close to a limit in two consecutive tournaments for the second year in a row. Last year it happened in the middle of the year, but I snapped out of it posting respectable finishes in the last two. I definitely have a bad taste in my mouth in how the last four tournaments turned out this year that is going to be with me for a long time.