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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Fishing Goals for 2016

Ten years ago I wrote my fishing goals for the 2006 here on my blog.   I crashed my truck that summer into a deer totaling it which sent me into a depression that ended my participation in the Team Bass Club.  We also moved out of the lake place that spring and into where I live now, which threw me off of ice fishing until last winter.  I never wrote another list of goals again until now.

Bass Snatcher Goals:
1.  Get "Wood" in at least one tournament. (1st-3rd Place Finish or Lunker)
2. Win my 1st tournament. (My best finish to date is 2nd Place.)
3. Get "Lunker" in a tournament.   (Preferably one over 5-8 to win the revolving big bass pot that I'm now entered in thanks to somebody finally winning it last year.  With 3 big bass lakes on the schedule there is a shot.)
4. Get paired with Chuck Fields.  (He usually only fishes a couple of tournaments a year so chances of it ever happening are not very good.)
5. Finish in the Top 10 at the end of the year.  (Something I haven't done since 2011)
6. Catch a limit at every tournament of the year.  (I've done this twice, but in 2012 I only fished 4 out of the 6 tournaments due to a bad back.)

Technique & Tackle Goals:
1. Catch some fish on a River2Sea Whopper Plopper. (This will be my 3rd year with this bait and I haven't caught a fish on it yet.  I'm not sure if I even threw it last year.)
2. Catch fish on my wake baits: Lucky Craft, Livetarget, and Rapala.  (I hardly ever tried the Lucky Craft's and I got the Livetarget and Rapala's late last fall)
3.  Throw a football head jig at the GOMH.  (It will work, no doubt about it.)
4. Get out in the Trophy.  (It's been 3 years since I've had it in the water.)
5. Win something in Fantasy Fishing or Facebook giveaway/contest.
6. Catch fish on a Lucky Craft Gunfish 117 (Lures I just won on Ebay)

Fish Goals:
Crappie:
1.  Catch a 14" or bigger. (This has been a goal of mine for a long time predating the blog.)
2. Catch* over 300 this year.  (Very doable at this point.  I'm at 199 right now)

Dogfish:
1. Win my 3rd Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Championship
2. Catch a MN State Record fish. (11-4  or 35" x 20")

Pike:
1. Catch* over 150 this year. (I caught 205 last year.)
2. Catch a 38" or over.

Bass: 
1. Catch a 21plus inch or 6lb Largemouth
2. Catch a 21plus inch or 6lb Smallmouth
3. Catch* over 500 bass this year. (I caught only 450 last year.)
4. Catch* at least 5 smallies.  (I caught 10 last year)

Blogging:
1. Blog about anytime I reach a goal.
2. Blog the BASS Elite AOY on Mille Lacs Lake.

* Catch is anything I deem it to be including follows by pike or smallmouth (while pre-fishing), a pike missing my lure, fish seen on the Aqua View, and fish that get off before I have them in hand that I can positively identify.

5 comments:

Pat Bibb said...

Great goals! I have never sat down and written down my goals like that for fishing. You have inspired me to give it a try. I am in Kentucky so none of my goals will include any kind of ice fishing. Thanks for the inspiration.

Basspastor said...

Your welcome Pat.

Anonymous said...

Whopper ploppers catch fish, smallmouth love them

Tami Curtis said...

Hi Dave,

Enjoyed your goal list...look forward to seeing fish pictures and more blog post. You better not fall into the peer pressure of other bloggers ending their blogs cause you have a great sense of humor and it makes an excellent read.

Fish on, and tight lines...

Basspastor said...

Thanks Tami! Good hearing from you again.