Gussy Ready for 2017 FLW Tour Season

Canadian Pro Looks to Keep Momentum From 2016 Season

With a quick overnight stop in the Twin Cities to catch up with Elite Series Pro Seth Feider, Gussy continued his annual trek south to kick off the 2017 FLW Tour Season.

The first stop for the Canadian Pro was fellow FLW Pro, Wesley Strader’s house near Lake Chickamauga.  Here Gussy would finally be able to drop his new rig in the water and make sure all of his Humminbird HELIX units and Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor was ready to begin practice on Guntersville for the first Tour event of the 2017 season.

The new Minn Kota Ultrex is an awesome new trolling motor.  The Spot-Lock function is going to help me catch more fish this year for sure!

The new Minn Kota Ultrex is an awesome new trolling motor. The Spot-Lock function is going to help me catch more fish this year for sure!

“I always enjoy getting out of the snow, ice and cold and heading south to kick of the season early,” chuckled Gussy.  “I enjoyed the off-season with friends and family back home, but I’m ready to pick up where I left off last season.”

Since this is Gussy’s fifth year fishing the Tour, his annual season preparations are now a routine that runs like a well-oiled machine.  Gussy’s boat and truck will be staying down in the States until mid-April, so he has to pack everything he’ll need for the first few events of the year.  “This year I did pack less extra tackle than years past,” stated Gussy.  “I still need to bring the extra stuff, but bringing the random bag or two of plastics that I MAY use isn’t worth the space or hassle of keeping things organized.”

My new Lund 2075 Pro-V Bass is a pretty sweet fishing machine!

My new Lund 2075 Pro-V Bass is a pretty sweet fishing machine!

Gussy has only spent two days previously fishing Guntersville and has never fished any of the Tennessee River lakes this early in the season.  So yes, Gussy is excited to get out fishing and get the season started, but of all the events this season, this first one is one where he hopes to avoid a stumble to kick off the season.  “Starting the season off on a bad note, is tough as you need to work uphill the rest of the year to get back into the Cup standings.”

It is no surprise that fishing a lipless crankbait over the grass for pre-spawn bass will likely be the dominant pattern on Guntersville.  Gussy is a big prominent of fishing his lipless baits on braided line and a medium action rod. “With braided line I can rip my bait through the grass and I automatically know when the bait has been fouled with grass,” stated Gussy.

Gussy likes to use a standard size lipless crankbait or a slightly bigger one, like the Jackall TN70, with the addition of heaver gauge wire treble hooks on it.  “I just like throwing bigger baits and seem to have more success with them,” said Jeff.

Getting all of my gear organized the day before practice starts at Lake Guntersville.

Getting all of my gear organized the day before practice starts at Lake Guntersville.

Coming out of Guntersville, Gussy is looking forward to fishing the Cumberland River in Kentucky.  This early April event will likely be a pre-spawn smallmouth event, where Gussy’s northern jerkbait and finesse tactics could excel in the clear water.

Stay tuned to ClassicBass.com for event recaps from Gussy following all of his 2017 FLW Tour events.

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