Pre Tournament Motivation Speech

by Jake Freeman October 14, 2016 2 Comments

Pre Tournament Motivation Speech

Let’s face it, the world of competitive bass fishing revolves around 5X3. 5 Fish by 3 O'clock! 

On any given Saturday most of us will be setting in our boats and waiting for that first glimpse of daybreak to shine onto our battlefield and the call of a number that signifies it’s our time to put on our armor and head out into the unknown. Our arena is set for battle and we will win. We will cast, wind, jerk, scream and curse. We will pray to the fish gods to have mercy on us all the while cursing them for every missed opportunity. We will take our fiberglass "war horses" and drive them to the breaking point with reckless abandon from battle scene to battle scene with the intensity of a madman. Hoping every spot is the land of opportunity and that our nemesis will fall victim to the bait that we have chosen as our weapon. Each hook set is more than a fish; it’s what we have prepared not only the last 6 days for but what we have dedicated a large part of our life to. From first to last cast we give it 110% because we know anything less will result in failure and failure is not an option! We have the mindset of a well-trained soldier, the skill of a surgeon and the strength of a demigod and no one can stop us. We spend the day mentally and physically tearing ourselves apart all the while hoping that time will slow and give us more time to do battle. When the battle is over and we crank up that war horse with just minutes to spare and charge back to face our fellow competitors, you already know in your mind if you have a chance to stand victorious all the while you are hoping the other warrior’s day was filled with missed opportunity and strife. In this game sometimes you are the gladiator that rose from the ashes to be victorious and sometimes you lie defeated on our field of battle but what defines you is how you respond to defeat. Anyone can stand strong in the face of victory but it takes a warrior to stand strong in the face of defeat. And remember that when the sun sets, whether you were the winner or the loser that none of that matters because the very next Saturday it’s a whole new battle. Bask in victory if you were the winner on this one day because with the end of one battle comes preparation for another a mere six days away. As you ready yourself to step into battle, again remember there is always another gladiator preparing twice as hard to make sure that is your last taste of victory.


This is what makes us the 5X3 Nation. NO EXCUSES!

 




Jake Freeman
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2 Responses

Kevin Franklin
Kevin Franklin

March 09, 2017

Excellent words of wisdom for those of us fisherman who take the sport as serious as a heart attack in the middle of a barren desert. We work hard through the week at our “day” jobs and prepare relentlessly during each evening to ensure every Saturday is a success. Regardless of the outcome, we have 1 mission as a tournament angler and that is to have 5 bass in the livewell by 3:00PM. To most of us, there is no other option. I believe this is why I associate with the 5X3 Fishing family so much!! Your words above confirm that affinity I have for this way of life. I am a tournament fisherman and my goal is to give everything I have from 7:00AM to 3:00PM with NO EXCUSES for the outcome. Thank you for the reminder that everything we have is not merely given but earned based on commitment and excellence.

Tim Pridy
Tim Pridy

October 17, 2016

This is so true. To some of us this slogan isn’t just words or flashy clothes with a logo on it. it’s a way of life, it has so much true meaning. It’s a meaning I strive for each and every single day that I hit the water. To me, for as hard as I prat ice and study and plan…..there is No Excuse for me not to have five fish by 3 o clock! That’s why I wear and support the true meaning of 5×3. Every time I look down and see it on my carpet or on my clothes, it puts me back in that zone to keep my head down and fish harder and harder and to remember what it’s all about. Cause no matter what, I will have my 5×3 No Excuses! Thanks for the inspiring me to be the best angler I can be. Tight lines to your all.

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