Put in the time, never give up

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Put in the time, never give up

Danny Meador is one of the anglers fishing in the KayakTournaments.com August Online Tournament and had been close to the top of the rankings for a couple weeks. Last week, some other anglers caught some good fish, bumping him down to 9th place. Danny was not discouraged but was just grateful he was catching decent fish during this tournament. On the second to last day of the tournament (the last day Danny was going to fish), he spent close to 14 hours on the water trying to cull some fish. Danny had a two 15 inch, and a 14.75 inch fish that he wanted to cull. After 14 hours, Danny had culled two of those fish for a gain of 3 inches. He was content with that as the sun was starting to dip, and he needed to be home hours ago. Danny wanted to fish one last spot. He knew there was fish holding there, and it was on the way back to the ramp. So a last minute effort he made a few “last casts”. Danny was using a bait and technique that he had only started fishing for a few weeks and just starting to get comfortable using. Danny made that infamous “last cast”. Well as that bait hit the bottom he felt something slam it. He swept the rod back and his rod bent over. As he was working the fish to the top, he thought about the catfish that he had caught at this same spot first thing in the morning, and was hoping he had the right species on the end of his line this time. The fish boiled the surface right next to the kayak but Danny still couldn’t tell what it was. Then the fish dove down and went under the kayak threatening to get the line hung up in some brush that was down there. Danny fought bringing the fish to the surface where he then realized it was the bass he’d been after since he started bass fishing. Danny was not going to take and chances, so he grabbed his net, dipped it in the water and tried to get the bass in. After a little fiddling, he got the bass in the net and pulled if over the gunnel of the kayak. Danny was shaking with excitement as he grabbed his measuring board and camera, and got a few pictures of the bass. Danny has landed his personal best, and at twenty three inches on the dot, he knew this was the fish that would put him back in the money.

With that all being said, my point of this story was, never ever give up. You have to put in time and effort, and when you do, it will pay off. Maybe not at the most critical time like it did for Danny on his last day he was able to fish of a tournament, but it will pay off eventually.

Put in the time, never give up

Put in the time, never give up

Check out Danny on Instagram @Danny.Meador

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