Larry Nixon On Tournament Bass Fishing
Getting Ready For Tournaments
Editor's Note: With 77 Top-10 finishes on the Bassmaster circuit and 14 wins, Larry Nixon has a reputation as the consummate pro. He's won the Bassmasters Classic and BASS also has named him Angler of the Year twice. Nixon, third on the all-time money-winning list of BASS, has won just over $1.5 million in his fishing career. Nixon has watched the sport of bass fishing grow up since he started fishing tournaments 29-years ago.
Question: Larry, what's the most-difficult aspect of tournament bass fishing for you?
Nixon: The most-difficult problem I have in tournament bass fishing today is getting myself mentally and emotionally excited enough to fish my very best. After fishing professionally for 29 years, I still love to bass fish and compete. I get really excited about the tournaments that lend themselves to my style and technique of fishing. But when I have to fish a lake during cold, nasty weather, I really have to work hard to get myself mentally prepared to fish.
Question: How do you mentally prepare yourself for those tournaments?
Nixon: I have a mechanism inside that causes me to strive to be the very best fisherman that I can be. So when I go to a tournament that I'm not excited about, I get up each morning and tell myself "This is the only day that matters. I have to do the very best I can on this day because this is the only day I have to fish. I love to bass fish, and I love to compete." Then I fish each day as though it's the last day and tournament I'll ever fish.
Question: How do you get yourself out of a slump? If you've had a couple of bad tournaments, and you're not finding and catching bass, how do you get yourself mentally up to continue fishing?
Nixon: All I need is one good day in a tournament for me to revive my attitude. Once I start catching bass and catching them the way I want to, the world is a beautiful place again. That competitive edge comes back quickly. When I have one or two good tournaments consecutively, I get fired-up and can hardly wait for the next tournament.