Friday, January 4, 2013

2013 Tournament Schedule.....Almost.

I'm so happy it's 2013! This is the year I've dreamed of for a long long time. Literally since I was a little kid I wanted to fish tournaments at the national levels. I got a small taste last year competing in the Bassmaster Central Opens and that just made me 100 times more determined and driven. I know I still got a ton to learn, the only way I roll is on my feet so I may as well learn on the fly. I'll take my lumps on the chin but this year I'm aiming to win. I'm competitive, there's no denying that. The more experience I gain, the more my expectations rise. This year is looking great but my mentality is exhausting, I want more, never ever satisfied.

My new present day goals aren't set to judge my abilities. Last year I wanted to make the top 50 in the points, this year I want top 5. After all, my highest of goals are to qualify for the tour level. I thought strongly about fishing the FLW Tour this year but decided against it as I still want the sense of belonging. I'd like to prove my place through the professional open levels. Plus the sound of "Josh Douglas Bassmaster Classic Qualifier" has a great little ring to it doesn't it?

I've been staying real busy these past couple months trying to get everything in order so I can simply concentrate on fishing when the season gets rolling. I've created a pretty hectic workout regimen to assist me when on the water and give me every advantage a guy can get. I'm a firm believer that a healthy body fuels a healthy mind.

The tournaments that I'm confirmed for are the Bassmaster Southern Opens (Kissimmee Chain, FL - Douglas Lake, TN - Lake Logan Martin, AL). I'm registered and awaiting confirmation for the Bassmaster Central Opens (Red River, LA - Arkansas River, OK - Ross Burnett Reservoir, MS) as well as the FLW Everstarts Centrals (Lake of the Ozarks, MO - Lake Pickwick, AL - Kentucky Lake, KY - Detroit River, MI). I'm also registered for the FLW Everstart Southeastern on Lake Guntersville, AL.

I'm awaiting conformation but am also looking at either fishing the Bassmaster Northern Opens and/or the PAA Tour. Right now I'm heavily leaning toward the PAA as they have the best payouts, television coverage, excellent competition and the top 15 qualify for the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.

Until then, business as usual!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking Forward to 2013!

Happy New Year! The year 2012 is behind us and the new chapter titled 2013 is now underway. Reflection can be a double edged sword, you remember the good but are forced to face the bad. This past year was one to remember, Bri and I up and moving to southeastern Tennessee with aspirations the size of Texas! It was kinda scary actually.

We've known for years we wanted to move south, so we planned, worked to change our lifestyles and followed the plan relatively flawlessly. We had to say goodbye to families and friends, this was easily the hardest. Then the stress of leaving good jobs, good people and a great place like Minnesota comes with its obvious anxieties, but ones we were ready to take head on.

Breaking in 2013 we now call Tennessee home. We're attempting to and carrying out a lifetime dream I've had since I was a little kid and if it wasn't for these great companies and their products, as well as my family's support, I wouldn't be turning this dream into a working reality.

As I continue to prepare for what lies ahead in 2013, I can't help but be excited. I'd like to personally send thanks for your continued support!

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The Vintage Moose Tavern nestled in the heart of Colorado's Rocky Mountains is a must stop anytime you find yourself cutting across I-70, to or from Denver. "A Tiny Tavern Big on Bull" is the perfect slogan for this cozy mountain joint. Known for their great beers and smoked meat, it's also the perfect place to talk outdoors, in fact it's welcomed. Their new website is currently under construction, until then follow them on Facebook!

Lowrance is and always has lead the way in boating electronics. The introduction to their new HDS Touch system has completely changed the direction of fishing electronics by making these units much more efficient and user friendly. Please visit their website at and check out my video showcasing the new Lowrance HDS Gen-2 Touch System.

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When I'm fishing, I make sure I got a hook that bites back! Trokar is by far the best and sharpest hook on the market. Innovative design and pure toughness is what I lean on when it's all on the line!

There's certain companies that you learn to depend on when you embark in competitive fishing. They're the ones that no matter what, you know you'll be using their products. In the world of soft plastics, very few can say they're in line with Lake Fork Trophy Lures. No matter the lake anywhere in the world, there's a plastic in the LFT line that will flat bust their jaws. Just preaching truth. Order yours at

I depend on my Lowrance and Navionics to assist me in breaking down tournament waters, but there's one electronic unit that flat out produces bites. If you've been living in a cave or are brand new to bass fishing than I'm happy to introduce you to the one and only, Hydrowave. Capable of literally starting a feeding frenzy, this is a mainstay on every tournament pro's boat. Read why at

I wrote an article for Bass Utopia titled, "Putting it All on the Line". This couldn't have been a more fitting title for a deep written lecture on why I trust Seaguar when it's all on the line. They offer the best quality and most sensitive lines with everything varying from mid range fluorocarbon to extremly high end Tatsu fluorocarbon as well as mono and braid.

Since I was a small kid I wanted to own a G Loomis rod, now grown I can happily say I have 25 or so of them. Why? They're the best! They were then and they are now. The competition keeps coming but the crown always stays with the king. and be sure to check out the new GLX Crankbait series, they've broken the mold.

Japan knows a thing or two about fishing reels and no one sets the standard like Shimano. When you're used to fishing the best, the rest is simply not an option. Offering state of the art fishing reels in all shapes, sizes and prices to fit your needs.

If there's one bait I use the most it's a jig and Outkast Tackle offers up everything and then some to help you pull big donkeys away from cover. Available in all shapes and sizes! The Outkast Money Jig is a mainstay for me whenever I'm around grass. Really, I mean's game over.


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