Fishing Fridays Radio Interviews Drew Benton – Fishing 2nd Bassmaster Traditional

Hi there all people, and welcome to dig in fishing. I am your host, Michael Grady. I am excited as we speak as a result of as we speak we have now drew bitten right here, the Bassmaster elite sequence. Drew had one, two main wins and the primary in a FLW tour, Lake Okeechobee, and the second bathtub grasp Toyota, Texas quick. Drew will even be fishing in a second Bassmaster traditional in Knoxville, Tennessee, and a few weeks. Welcome drew. Hey, thanks for having me. So drew, what are you as much as as we speak?

Properly, as you understand, I am up right here within the panhandle the place Hurricane Michael, simply this wrath just a few months again and as we speak I am working round the home attempting to get every little thing again so as. I am in between occasions, so I am sort of sporting two hats. The one pop proper now I, I am in Daytona Seashore, Florida and I can completely inform anyone listening if you have not seen footage of what a that hurricane did to the panhandle, like bomb went off up there. It actually appeared like a conflict zone and nonetheless does and a number of, a number of elements of my county is only a, I’ve lived by way of a bunch of hurricanes in Florida. We have by no means left and it is simply, it nonetheless amazes me the quantity of power that got here together with Hurricane Michael.

Properly, I am going to let you know after being in taught it for 25 years, I can completely let you know one factor is true. I might quite the wind each occasionally blow sideways and throws a hurricane at us versus 100 inches of snow.
25 beneath zero. Yeah, that is proper. I do not try this a lot chilly. I lived down right here within the south for a cause and I do not thoughts going up up north and fishing these small mouth fisheries within the summertime once we’re escaping {that a} hundred below levels and one hundred percent humidity down right here. However you understand, this time of yr and, and on an early spring, the south of the place for me.
Yeah Buddy. I, let’s discuss fishing, man. How did you inform our listeners, how did you get began
fishing? Properly, I imply my love for facial began fishing for Brandon and calf on math budge. My granddad as most youngsters, you understand, and I actually did not begin again till I acquired to highschool age and begin fishing round somewhat ponds and lakes round the home to my pals. And that is actually how I acquired my begin. Simply Wade fishing, floating, floating down equal high-quality and somewhat repairs round the home and float tubes and, and simply fishing for Bass. That boy,
so you probably did that as a child. So what made you get into aggressive fishing?
So know I performed baseball all by way of highschool and school and I used to be to pay the individual and you understand, we had little tournaments right here round the home, Tuesday evening tournaments, Saturday occasions and, and you understand, at any time when I used to be 16 I acquired me somewhat bass tracker and you understand, we began getting in these little native event doing rather well. After which I simply began climbing the ladder. I branched out to regional occasions. I am like seminar outdated, you observe and joined a bass membership and you understand, it actually simply took off from there. That aggressive facet of a, that fishing, what’s the very best of each worlds? For me, it gave me that competitiveness that I lead and you understand, the love for the outside. We affiliate the mix of each and it was simply, it was simply the right arrange for me.
Properly let me ask you, now that you simply’re fishing on the highest stage, what is the largest problem or drawback you present in competing with a few of the finest there are?
, clearly the largest problem that I can consider can be that it doesn’t matter what, you are able to do every little thing or I on this job, you may make the fitting calf, make the fitting choices, however you are still going after some time after which, and that x issue together with climate and every little thing else that may, might be thrown at you. It is, it is acquired, that is what makes it essentially the most difficult. You are able to do every little thing proper in your half and you continue to not receives a commission on the finish of the day. And that is simply, that is simply a part of the sport that we play.
Luck is a part of it. Huh?
I am going to say look as a lot as simply these uncontrollable elements. Gotcha. , such as you’d apply for an occasion, you’ve got acquired some fish discovered and it rains three inches the evening earlier than and it simply blows out your space or you understand, simply, simply x elements that mom nature and the facet of, you understand, you are chasing after awhile. Biblical tales pull him off. I imply, that is simply a part of it.
Gotcha. Properly, do you may have an adverts? What have you ever realized? , as a result of clearly, you understand, you probably did properly in FLW and now you are within the elite or what have you ever realized that is actually helped you succeed?
Principally simply preserve an open thoughts, you understand, he developed a sport plan in fact in apply and sort of get an concept what you need to do. However you understand, you’ve got at all times acquired to maintain an open thoughts when you’re on the market fishing within the event. I am a number of issues develop in the course of the occasion. My respect, an excellent level can be a Texas stuff. I did not work out the window till the afternoon or the primary day of the occasion and I had no concept that I used to be going to win that event. Had no concept I used to be on the one which sample. It was simply holding an open thoughts and you understand, fishing what was in entrance of me and you understand, taking issues desires to for the time.
You talked about that you simply put collectively a plan for the event of the lake. Are you able to discuss to us somewhat bit about what your processes and going by way of and placing collectively a plan for a selected physique of water?
Yeah. Sometimes I bear in mind, you understand, what stage the Fisher in, whether or not it is fairly spot on publish far. Attempt to discover that out earlier than, you understand, earlier than I even put the boat within the water, that that provides me an concept of the highest areas I want to have a look at it. It kills me. Or the fish goes to be shallow. Are they going to be in these stage and high areas of steeper banks? Are they going to be on these locations that they arrive and threat after they spawn or are they going to be out deep of their summertime pump? They, I imply it simply offers you a greater concept of places for Luke and that that is sort of the, essentially the most planning I do. After which I hop into simply attempting to find, simply attempt to get a chunk or two. Let the fish let you know what you understand, what is going on on
relating to placing collectively your plan or implementing it. Do you utilize any instruments or any info sources?
Oh yeah. My models are, you understand, they only take all of the guesswork out of all that I can. I can examine the mapping on Mahler and she or he and this and see the place the channel switching banks are, the place you understand, ditches and, and journey factors are, I can, you understand, use the construction stands the high-quality, you understand, rock Colin’s construction out, you understand, off factors and highway beds and issues like that. And really I am within the summertime that you may truly keep the colleges of fish. That could be a large device in addition to you understand, satellite tv for pc imagery, Google maps, bing maps, utilizing these to see, you understand, a satellite tv for pc image of the like and may see the place grass grows or worse sandbars are. We’re somewhat depressions are on flat, issues like that. That is all very, very useful and great tool that you should use earlier than you even get to the leg the place you meet to the quantity of water and you are able to do a number of homework, you understand, utilizing these instruments and, and, and take a number of the guesswork out earlier than you truly get on the water.
Yeah. And I requested this a number of a number of the elite guys, do you truly write down your plan in a, in a e book or do you simply sort of holding your head?
No, I do not. I do not write it down. I preserve it in my head. , I am very forgetful individual. When you, if you understand me, a matter of reality with the interview, in case you, in case you would not let me, it was some time in the past and he jogged my memory out or forgot about it. However relating to fishing, it involves getting bikes and issues like that. For no matter cause I can do not forget that stuff and he simply stays in my head. I do not actually have any drive something down
trigger this, it is what you like to do. That is proper. So let me ask you, wait, you understand, you set collectively your plan and also you sort of go on the market and also you get some expertise in your apply. What is the, what sort of outcomes have you ever gotten from, you understand, a few of your totally different, you understand, issues that you simply do over and again and again?
I really feel like so long as I’m going in and simply attempt to get an concept and do not actually get too hung up on one factor, one sample, I simply sort of get an concept of start line for the occasion. Not essentially, you understand, I am going to do that, this does not work, I am going to do that. And if that does Oregon, me see I really feel like if I simply work out, you understand, an concept someplace to start out after which sort of checklist the event developed to me, you understand, develop itself to me and I simply sort of preserve an open thoughts and to sort of roll with the punches. I discover myself way more profitable man. If I get hung up on one factor and, and simply, you understand, attempt to make the fish, you understand, I believe you are far more profitable in case you let the fish telling you what to do. You simply kinda put your self on these excessive p.c
whenever you’re sort of working, working alongside, you understand. Do you sort of preserve the time in your head about how lengthy it has been in between fish or that sort of factor? Or do you may have a set time? I am so, in different phrases, you stated in case your course of is sort of fluid however you get them be like, wow, nothing’s occurred in 20 minutes, I acquired to do one thing else. Or are you simply, we’ll simply go together with what’s occurring.
Properly yeah, in a method. I imply each physique of water eat totally different, you understand, some, some like, you understand, he is likely to be station for for seven bucks a day. Whereas I really feel like Chino which have an enormous fish inhabitants, you are hitting bit, you understand, regular and also you, you have to sort of take that under consideration and issue that in. So yeah, there’s gotta be a high, you understand, sort of a psychological time clock in your head. I am going off of right here. When you’re spending an excessive amount of time doing one factor and never get bit, you clearly get to maneuver on, however you bought to take into the account of physique of water you are on. I imply up north, in case you’re not getting bit, you understand, you higher be doing one thing else trigger the environment friendly, very robust up there. They acquired large populations of fish and I do not get fish for Austin.
However whenever you’re down right here within the type, say for example on you understand, physique of water life, however the traditional venue, you understand, it will be march, it might be three spawn. , you may not essentially get the variety of bikes you’d at a spot like Saint Lawrence River or a saint participant nowhere. However you, you understand, you, you bought to stay to, you understand, the areas that you’ve confidence in and within the strategies do you may have confidence in and permit these bikes to city. However there undoubtedly needs to be no time clock factored into that in case you’re not getting bid in any respect.
So what you are saying is the Saint Lawrence is totally different than tohow are Okeechobee, Huh?
Yeah, completely it’s. Can you understand, fishing Saint Lawrence, it is simply so filled with fish. I imply you are going to get it just about in every single place you go on that place. And the massive cheese for a spot like that. So is the standard and you understand, a 3 and three quarter pounder and a 4 pounder are very, very totally different. You have acquired upon these had been discovered by, that is the entire key there. And, and whenever you say time clever, in case you’re getting a number of three and really quarter, three and a half down by trigger you are getting bit, you have to go do one thing totally different. I imply you are not, you are, you are discounting your self vastly by not going after that, that greater high quality by elsewhere. So that you gotta you gotta transfer round and work out easy methods to get these 4 pound by simply trigger you are getting bit doesn’t imply you are heading in the right direction. These locations, once more, it is all in accordance on to the quantity water you are fishing.
Gotcha. So what would you say is the largest factor you’ve got realized or essentially the most profitable factor you’ve got realized this made you higher because you began fishing? , F FLW and naturally your leasers. Okay.
The, the largest factor is it is having the ability to be versatile. You’ve guys that you’d name your, your deep water. You bought to you guys or simply shallow water guys know we might be, you understand, dropping on them up north and they’ll go attempt to discover some discipline shallow. And from what I’ve discovered, he is acquired to be versatile. You may’t, you’ll be able to’t be that man that you simply’re simply recognized for being shallow water are recognized for being a terrific deep water angler. You have to get out of your consolation zone and you have to work out methods to catch them in these occasions that they’ll be known as off, you understand, out I am going to present or you understand, vice versa. It is simply the character of the sport. Essentially the most profitable guys within the sport are versatile and that is the largest factor I’ve realized.
Gotcha. So whenever you’re going and making up your plan, you are additionally having a look at depth of water in several areas, Huh?
Yeah, yeah. I imply, for example, this, if I am considering that, that, you understand, every little thing’s spawned a priest on, I will be trying in these areas which might be, you understand, 5 foot or much less. Hmm. Presumably little melancholy, stitches, you understand, main into spa and pockets and issues like that. After which if you understand, I am know the every little thing’s publish bond, extra luck in June, the summer time sample, I in all probability will not be shallow, you understand, until it is a grass leg, we’re formally a shallow yr spherical, you understand, most of these facial transfer out to a 3 river channel age or a deep draw off or one thing like that. So you understand that that sort of offers me an concept of a place to begin no less than.
Gotcha. Properly lastly, if we come to the top of our interview, I need to ask you and I ask all people these two questions. Primary, what’s your most profitable phishing secret?
Oh, properly I am going to, I am going to reply that as a result of I’ve had a number of questions and Saint John’s river, I’ve, I’ve had a, you would not consider the variety of emails messages on social media now. I had a, a pump up sprayer on the again of my boat with somewhat blue resolution combine stuff in it. And all people desires to know what’s in that pump up sprayer. Properly, I am sight fishing within the spring. You clearly have a number of pollen on the water that point of yr in addition to any sort of wind that blows. It is exhausting to see. You may be capable to see the mattress, however she will’t get an excellent have a look at the fish and see what he is aware of. Quick fishes the properly I can do, however somewhat little bit of a blue daybreak dish washing liquid, which is, you understand, environmental. We are saying I am not, you understand, combine it up somewhat like water, nevertheless it would not pump up sprayer and I can spray it like there’s little ripple within the water. I can spray it, you understand, a ten by 10 space and it will click on that decrease off the place I can see, see actually good and see what that fishes see how he is appearing or if there’s pollen within the water and spray it after which I can disperse that pollen and stuff. That is in all probability one of many largest figures I’ve acquired. And it is Kinda, it is, it is recognized. It is not an enormous secret or something, however lots of people have requested me, you understand what that’s? And that is, that is what it’s.
I needed to let you know that is the primary time I’ve heard of it and that’s, that’s superior trigger you are sort of utilizing it as a surfactant so you’ll be able to truly reduce down on the declared. Proper? Yup. That is wonderful. All proper. So query quantity two. What’s your most profitable or your favourite lure or bait?
Oh, that is a troublesome one. I’ve to say although, you understand, going all around the nation, a bay that catches them in every single place. It is in all probability somewhat crying. They and Bagley makes a incredible one. It is known as a sunny day. It is somewhat six to eight foot diver. In fact you’ll be able to put heavier garden on a fishery shall or, however she put 15 pound check. It is sort of down about 60 it is a tight wobble, small crankbait. It will get a ton of bites and it catches large ones. It is a, it is a Balsa Lewer that comes by way of any cowl you’ll be able to think about. And it is acquired a good Subaru listed motion with nice pillars, the match to any sort of Ford’s you need. And it will catch them from Florida to New York. In order that’s a, that is a bait that I throw a ton. I will have a number of competence.
Good. You have given our listeners a ton of nice info. I actually recognize that. That is skilled fishing. So do you may have something that you simply need to promote?
Properly, you understand, we could not do that with none of our sponsors and that, you understand, when, whenever you requested me one of many exhausting issues, the toughest issues that I’ve realized about, you understand, this sport, it is exhausting to, to reply that with out mentioning the, you understand, the sponsor facet although, you understand, it is two jobs and fishing and selling and you understand, yearly we acquired extra fishermen and it is more durable and more durable to get sponsored {dollars} trigger I get break up up. , I knew about Bagley being boat, millennium, Marine Lorraine’s Energy Pole, doomsday nickels, Lewers, Phoenix, Rod, CJR proprietor hoods. All these firms are, you understand, sort of a staff that has put collectively they usually work rather well collectively. And you understand, I am simply, I am glad to be part of their household and you understand, I could not try this. I am so, they’re merchandise that may, that may put extra environment friendly all people’s boat, and I would just make sure you test them out.
Superior, man. Thanks for the good info and thanks for being on our present.
All proper. Thanks for having me. I recognize it.
All proper. Good luck within the elite sequence this yr. Thanks.
Thanks once more for listening.

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