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!