Cajun Custom Rods® is proud to announce our newest Team member to the CCR ProStaff family, Ms. Liz Urban. Liz hails from Spotslvania, Virginia where she fishes with Battlefield Bass, a B.A.S.S. Federation Nation of Virginia Region 1 club that include local and home waters of the mighty Potomac River, Rappahannock River and Lake Anna. Here’s a few comments from Liz as she prepares to launch into the 2015 bass fishing season with her team, to include a few thoughts regarding some of the preparations she’s conducting to be ready when that trophy largemouth or scale tipper chomps the other end of the line on her Cajun Custom Rods®:
“The 2015 season is right around the corner! Our first tournament, B.A.S.S. Federation Nation of Virginia’s Mr. Bass tournament, is at Lake Gaston in March. As the season approaches, I am spending a lot time reading articles, forums, blogs and watching videos because I will be the first to admit, all the information on “where, what, how, why, etc.” is overwhelming for a new angler. So, I am going back to the basics and trusting my instinct to prepare for my first bass fishing tournament of 2015. I start by cleaning my reels, sorting and organizing through all of my tackle and then learning as much about the lake as I can, literally dissecting Lake Gaston. And by “dissecting”, I mean talking to people who have fished Lake Gaston, ordering up some topographic lake maps in order to help me feel more comfortable not only with my surroundings when I’m on the water, but most importantly to better understand “where” or “why” one location might hold or produce bass better than the next. I feel that my education and study, coupled with that of my partner’s information and experience, is an excellent combination that should help us catch, or at least target nice fish during the tournament.
In addition to those preparations, I also depend on the anglers who I fish with from the back of their boats. I have never fished with someone who did not offer me whatever baits they had on their boats. For this, I am truly grateful. I have had the opportunity to use baits that I would have never purchased and some that are now my “go-to” baits. So to my partners, friends and co-anglers who have helped along the way – ‘Thank You!’
I had never cleaned a reel before, so I searched through some videos and managed to do some basic cleaning – you know, general maintenance and lube, etc. I was able to break down the reels, clean the reels, lube the gears, apply oil and put the reel back together with no leftover parts (a definite plus as reels don’t work too well missing a few pieces 🙂 I can’t wait to pair my favorite reels to my Custom Cajun Rods® and load the line up with a largemouth bunker – but all of this … to be ready if I get that opportunity.
The Mr. Bass tournament will take place in March and this will be the first time that I have fished this early in the year. I started to sort through my baits to see what I had and more importantly, what I need. Lake Gaston could prove to be tricky this time of year due to weather and the fact that the water level is controlled. So, I’ll be carrying some common cold water baits, along with some pre-spawn baits, but from experience … I’ll also have a few “go-to’s” just in case the day is tough. Needless to say though, you can bet that I will certainly have my cold weather gear along for the trip to Lake Gaston.
Regardless of how many, or what size, I am truly loving my commitment to the sport of bass fishing and learning as much as possible. At the end of the day, it’s about having fun, enjoying the time with nature on the water, and enjoying the camaraderie of the anglers and the competition.
I’ll keep everyone posted and up-to-date with additional preparations for the season to include updates on how the tournaments wrap up. Wish me luck and I’ll see you on the water!”
– Liz Urban
Cajun Custom Rods®, Inc.