Johnson Preparing for BASS Nation Championship

Johnson Doing His Homework on Hartwell

As I grabbed lunch with Tadd Johnson prior to him competing in a Thursday night competition on Prior Lake, we chatted about the upcoming BASS Nation Championship that he’ll be competing in on Lake Hartwell.

“I couldn’t be more excited to take advantage of this great opportunity that I have in front of me,” stated Johnson.  “I’m going down there to compete and not leave anything in the tank!”

Johnson and fellow Prior Lake Hooksetter club member Greg Ruff qualified for this event this past spring on Lake of the Ozarks will be headed down to South Carolina to pre-fish together and hopefully establish a pattern that will propel Tadd into the 2018 Bassmaster’s Classic.

I told Tadd that all it takes is 15 bites…he smiled and said, “I’m going to enjoy the experience and have fun, but moving on is what I want.”

Much like Tadd prepared for the Divisional event this spring, he has spent hours upon hours on his phone looking at Google Earth and maps of Hartwell.  “With the technology we have today, I can zoom in and see the docks with brush piles near them or shorelines that just look right.”

Tadd coins himself as a shallow water angler and this is what he’ll look to be doing on Hartwell in the coming weeks.  He hopes to be using a shallow running crankbait, spinnerbait or a jig to locate and catch the right size of largemouth Lake Hartwell has in it.

The other possible pattern that will present itself on Hartwell is fishing light line for suspended spotted bass.  “If that ends up becoming the deal, then I may sink,” smiled Tadd.  “I know if I can find some stained water and keep moving, I’ll run into the right mix of fish to put me in contention.”

Tadd and Greg will begin their competition on Lake Hartwell on October 19th, with the full field competing two days and then the field being cut down and the final angler’s competing on October 21st.

We wish Tadd and Greg the best of luck on Lake Hartwell and will be posting updates on their trip to South Carolina on the Classic Bass Facebook page.

“I want to thank my wife, family and friends for the support and encouragement that they have provided as I have been preparing for this event,” said Tadd.  “I also couldn’t be doing this without the support of the Minnesota BASS Nation, Classic Bass and All-Terrain Tackle.”

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