I was blessed to grow up in the heyday of Toledo Bend, my dad and his brothers guiding there. I often tell my son of the days of 80 to 100 bass days on topwater, or the old worm holes where you just tied up to a stump and made same cast over and over. My point to Chance is simple: We did not have two 12-inch graphs at the wheel with a double stack rig on the front deck. Lures were simple – 6-inch worms, a few topwaters and depending on time year maybe a tailspinner to work off the bottom.
My point was I’ve tried to teach Chance to read what's right in front of you. Look at how the big trees lean in that creek, those grew on the banks before lake was made. Now Chance is almost 30 and he gets it. Dad’s box of old-school lures will work and $10,000 worth of electronics and another $10,000 to $15,000 in lures is not always necessary. Companies will build and sell you what every you fall for, and some of this is good stuff. On the other hand, don’t forget that 100-bass days happened for years without Side Scan, Power-Poles and Spot-Lock All these are great tools; I’m just saying if you just simplified fishing, one might be surprised at the end of the day!