Well, the 2019 tournament season is setting up, and everyone is making decisions about what they will fish. I know I will be fishing and running the Central Wisconsin River Series with my partner, in fishing and in life, Chet Netzel. We have fished together for a few years now, and are becoming more solid as a team on and off the water. Those tournaments include Lake Puckaway in May, Willow Flowage in June, Lake Nokomis in July, the Minocqua Chain in August, and a 2-day championship on the Manitowish Waters Chain in September.
I am a member of the Portage County Bass Anglers, and I would like to fish as many club tournaments with them as possible. I am also the Secretary of Park City Bass Anglers, which has just switched over to a BASS Nation club this year, so I’m excited to see what I can fish with them, including possibly a 2-day getaway in the U.P.!
I’d really like to fish Lincoln County this year, as I had a great time fishing that with Mike Rhyner, a new fishing partner, last year, but with limited weekends, I may have to pass on that one this year.
I will be running a memorial tournament for my late husband, Rod Gaskill, on Boom Lake in August, too. It will be the second year of this tournament and last year we raised almost $800 for Tackle the Storm, which is a great organization that gets kids out fishing who have been through a storm in their life. Don Barone, writer for BASS Elite Series, heads up the organization and, for anyone looking for a solid place to put some money -where it will do REAL good, I would recommend looking Don up on Facebook or go to the Tackle the Storm website, and make it happen. First class all the way. I don’t have all of the details of the memorial tourney yet, but last year Let’s Go Fishing’s Hodag Chapter sold food and beverages at the event. Michelle Strasser-Goman engineered the raffles, which featured prizes donated by so many area businesses, families, and individuals, and Gregg Kizewski and Brian Schultz handled the Dash for Cash hours as well as Gregg being the weigh master for the tournament. This year, Joe Heitschmidt Woodworking has offered to supply the trophies for the tournament, which would make Rod smile more than most realize. I look forward to fishing this tournament with Chet, although we will have a lot going on onshore as well.
Chet and I will also fish various opens, including the June Winneconne Open and the Northern Lakes Minocqua Chain open as well as a few jackpot tournaments on local lakes. Another tournament we are both looking forward to, but fishing separately, is the Veterans On Water tournament in August, which will be on Lake Mohawksin this year. Each boater is paired up with a disabled veteran for the day. I have not been able to fish that one in the past, but am looking forward to doing it this year!
So, all of these things are in the works. I will be taking with me all of my sponsors for 2020, of course: RockyBrook Sinkers, Denali Rods, Glo-Pro Lures, Super K Jigs, Secret Weapon Baits and Stik ‘Um Graphics, Bass Reaper Baits and Vector Hooks