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“The Newbie”

When Jonathon asked me to write this second blog, I told him, you must be desperate. I am not the person you want writing anything. The more I thought about it, I realized, there are a lot of people out there like me. People that have never competitively bass fished, but are passionate about it and also competitive as well. I’ll be the first to tell you, I am no expert. That fact alone may make you think, then why would I want to know what you do? Simply put, TO LEARN. Learn from my mistakes especially. Because there is one thing I can promise, and that will be a lot of mistakes. I have researched, read articles, watched shows, and all that can only get you so far. The best thing to do, I believe is just do it and learn. With that you will hopefully get better. My hope for this blog is to help others that are first timers stepping into competition to learn something. So lets get started!

My prep for the Alabama Bass Trail started in September of 2020. Up until that point I was fishing out of a 17ft aluminum boat with a 45HP mercury. Needless to say that was not going to cut it. So, I started searching for my first tournament boat. I wanted to stick with an aluminum boat because for me, that is what I grew up on. There are some really good aluminum boats out there that are tournament ready. If you don’t believe me just Google anlgers like John Cox and see how he was tearing up the competition in an aluminum boat over the years. In October, after many hours and days of researching what I wanted, I decided to go with a Vexus AVX 2080 with a 200HP Pro XS. Let me tell you, those two things together do not disappoint. The motor is a BEAST! After I bought my tournament boat, I talked with Jonathon about random things I may need for the tournaments that I normally wouldn’t think about. He brought up a few things that I didn’t have like a rain suit, cull tags, and a measuring board to name a few.

Middle of January we started fishing Lake Martin. We began finding some spots and researching some areas, because I had never fished Lake Martin. Actually, speaking of that, I haven’t fished any of the lakes that we are going this year besides Logan Martin Lake and Lay Lake. The first couple of times we fished Lake Martin it was really cold and windy. We never caught a limit but when we did catch fish they were quality size. As Jonathon said, “focus is on the areas and some graphing, not as much the catching right now.” After each trip I would start to study maps for spots to try and fish next time, so we could spend more time fishing rather than trying to find places on water.

As we are getting closer and closer to our tournament, I have continued to sort and organize tackle, so it will make it easy on tournament day to find what I need. I bought all new Lure Lock boxes and have labeled everything so I can maximize our time on the water. Like I said, I am no expert. As we go through this season, there will be things that I find out I need while out on the water, as well as things I don’t need. I will be sure to let y’all know, so that you can learn from my mistakes. I hope y’all enjoy this journey with us, because I think it will be a fun one.


Andrew Ling

1 John 5:11-12 “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”