The moment the 2020 Bass Pro Tour schedule was released, MLF pro Fred Roumbanis felt his heart race with excitement.
“The whole schedule looks absolutely amazing,” Roumbanis gushed.
“Boom Boom” earned enough points during the 2019 season to qualify for REDCREST thanks to four Top-40 and two Top-10 finishes, so it’s safe to say he felt pretty comfortable with last year’s schedule. However, when he saw the big-name lakes with big-fish reputations on the docket for 2020, his eyes lit up with possibilities of an even better season.
“It looks like a big-bass schedule, which makes me really excited,” Roumbanis predicted. “Last year we had some events where it was about the quantity of fish you could catch. This year, it really looks like there are a majority of places where quality will outweigh quantity. We’re going to see a lot of big fish, largemouth and smallmouth, caught this year.”
The Arkansas pro has been fishing professionally long enough that he has what he deems a quality finish at each of the lakes on the schedule. Well, all of the locations except for one.
“I’m really looking forward to going down to Alabama because I’ve only fished Lake Eufaula once,” Roumbanis said. “I want a little redemption there because it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to. It’s somewhat of a new fishery to me, and I like that. I’ll get to go into it without any preconceived notions, and just fish with my instincts.”
While the locations are originally what caught Roumbanis’ eye, it was the timing for each stop on the tour that had him the most enthused. Any angler knows that depending on timing, a good lake can turn into a great one.
“It’s so critical to hit these lakes at the right time of the year,” Roumbanis explained. “If we can hit these fisheries when the fish are moving and things are happening, we’re going to catch a lot of fish. All these guys are good enough that they can catch them no matter where no matter when, but it’s extra exciting when we hit these fisheries right.”
“Boom Boom” is in the middle of his offseason right now and is without a boat to practice out of. He recently sold his 2019 Triton as he awaits his brand new 2020 model. He hasn’t started to prepare for the 2020 season yet as he spends time with his wife and two sons, but once that new boat arrives, he’ll start to get the itch for proper preparation.
“This is going to be the best schedule that I have ever fished, so I’m pumped,” Roumbanis said. “I feel like I came off of a really strong season last year and I feel like my fishing is at its peak right now. I can’t wait to get down to Lake Eufaula and get started. February can’t get here soon enough.”