John's Journal... Entry 198, Day 1
FISHING TIPS FROM JAY YELAS
The Worst Mistake I Ever Made
EDITOR'S NOTE: Jay Yelas of Tyler, Texas, has fished on the B.A.S.S. Masters tournament circuit for many years, qualifying for the BASS Masters Classic often and winning the 2002 BASS Masters Classic.
QUESTION: What's the worst mistake you've ever made in
I allowed myself about 45 minutes to make it to the weigh-in with the biggest stringer of the day. The waves were enormous, and I'd never dreamed Table Rock could get that rough since it's a serpentine, narrow lake that normally doesn't get windy. The rain fell horizontally. I traveled through gusts of wind and lighting that popped all around. I flooded my motor, which quit, and I never made it to the weigh-in. I was so late that the tournament officials finally came to get me. Eventually I weighed my fish and ended up having the biggest stringer of the day, but I didn't get a penny because I was disqualified, since I was over 15 minutes late.
QUESTION: What did you learn from that experience?
TOMORROW: JAY YELAS' TOP BASS LAKES