Wesley Strader sets up his Lowrance electronics prior to Stage One of the Bass Pro Tour. Photo courtesy of Wesley Strader
By Wesley Strader - February 6, 2020
Saturday, 10 p.m., Feb. 1
I’m fresh off a two-day stint talking fishing in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
Somehow, I’ve made the arduous drive to an undisclosed location in north Alabama – picking up an old buddy along the way – to get my much-anticipated 2020 Ranger 521 (which by the way, I haven’t even seen yet).
Good thing: it’s at the shop getting wrapped. Bad thing: I haven’t had the chance to get this boat ready yet.
You see, I’m the guy that enjoys and takes great pride in rigging my own boat. So this boat is naked: motor only, no Power-Poles, no graphs and not even a trolling motor. Oh and FYI, I have to get all this done and be ready to compete by Tuesday at the latest! That’s three days if you’re counting.
So, you might say that me getting this boat back so late in the year has me madder than a long tail cat in a room full of rockers.
Sunday, 4 a.m., Feb. 2
Welp, the wrapping/sealing/finishing up took longer we had hoped for. The boat looks good but it’s missing a trolling motor (I’ll get into that later).
Sunday 11 a.m., Feb. 2
Frisco sandwich, check.
I’ve chosen a high-powered Dewalt drill to be my faithful companion today as I’m rigging this beautiful Ranger boat. I have a plan, but I’m gettin’ ready to be busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kickin’ contest!
I’ve been on this trajectory before, so let’s get this groove on: starting at the back of the boat and working forward is my best-laid plan and the Strader way!
First thing is to check my new Atlas jack plate and the connection to this super-powered Evinrude G2 250. Man this thing is gorgeous. I can’t wait to hear her growl!
The time blurs together now …
Major League Fishing Lake Eufaula, let the 2020 season begin! Let’s rock!