Doesn't happen very often, but once in a blue moon Trip calls a day off.
Think the last time at the Tour level was during an event at Toledo Bend in 2003. Maybe? It happens so rarely that it's hard to remember. The last BASS event where I was entered that was called was a 2004 Southern Open at Eufaula. Called it due to one of the hurricanes that tore up the Gulf Coast that year. Good call, too.
Here at Guntersville, the rain started sometime during the night. It started as a light pitter-patter on the roof of the Lance camper. The pitter quickly turned to thuds as large drops fell from the sky. At 0430, it was still raining and showing no signs of letting up.
No big deal; that's why they make Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex Live In It; Believe In It. Keeps you dry all over. They should have been here this a.m. filming a commercial for the stuff.
So at 0500, it's out the door and headed through the downpour for the ramp. No rain delays here.
We don't need no stinkin' rain delay. That's sissy stuff for golfers and baseball players. Us bassers play in all the nasty weather; rain, sleet, snow, hail, high winds (not too high), and lightning (don't like that stuff). But we don't take a day off because it rains a little or even a lot.
0515 Pull up at the ramp, unbuckle the boat, and wait in line to dump the BassCat in the pond. Ish comes up to the truck window and says, "Go home. Today's cancelled."
Trip pulls up next to us on his way out of the parking lot "Today's cancelled. Keep your partner for tomorrow. Go get some rest."
Heard it straight from the man himself. Seriously. Cancelled for a little rain? I don't think so. If the man called the day off, I feel pretty confident he had some pretty good scoop on the weather getting bad sometime during the course of the derby day. Canceling a day of competition is not something that any tournament director takes lightly.
0600 it's back to the Lance and a few extra hours of nap time, which is something that has been in short supply since the past weeks Top 12 at Clarks Hill. Eleven days on the water sounds pretty cool until you actually do it. As I drift off, I think about how nice it is to not have to be somewhere, doing something.
0900 and now what? Here we have 108 of the top bass fishermen in the country at one of the best bass lakes in the South and no one can wet a hook for 24 hours. What to do, what to do?
It's raining cats and dogs outside, so it's not like we can all sit in our boats and play with our toys.
Kerry used to think that our Lance camper was plenty big enough for the two of us until she had me in her face for a full day. She's grown accustomed to having the place to herself all day while I am out on the pond. Not used to having me pacing the length of the 11 and a half foot floor. She says something to me about a day care for anglers. Very funny.
Maybe we can find a bowling alley.
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