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Today I'm excited. Today we are here Derek Hadnall.
Derek – the main fisherman Bass Masters League with Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Derek 38 years old, he was born and raised in Baton Rouge. His wife, Anne, daughter Peyton, whose three and Braxton, who 15.
In fact, he grew up in a fishing something & # 39; and, he competed on a fishing trip in Louisiana with 16 years. His first Bass Master Open was in 2016, and it was then that Derek started fishing full-time. Every year he fished all departments Bass Master Open, to increase its versatility and its chances of getting the right to participate in a series of Bass Master Elite. He finished third overall in 2018, which qualified him for the Elite Series 2019 Bass Master Classic 2019. Hello Derek.
I am glad that here.
Thus, Derek, that you are now going to?
Man, I just went out of the way. I left Baton Rouge, Louisiana, around 5:00 AM Central time today in the morning, and then I just arrived in Anderson, South Carolina at Lake Hartwell, who & # 39 is our next event in the elite series in April, so I'm here to look around, to … look around this place before we cut to read this before starting to practice here in April. And I'm going out of here in Knoxville to start practice for bass masters classics.
I started. So you started fishing at the age of 16 years, but you can talk to us about how you actually start fishing?
Well, I grew up in a fishing family & # 39; and how you met. My dad was very famous in Louisiana, he was one of the most successful tournament anglers in Louisiana. And so I grew up under it. Thus, I was in the boat, since I could walk. Of course, I began to fish in tournaments with my dad when I was young, and then in the age of 16 … This is usually age limit when you can start fishing as an amateur, as a fisherman in some FLWBFL, and so on that, and it just blossomed from there. Thus, I was destined to have a fishing rod and reel in his hand one time or another in my adult life. But, man, I just took it and ran with it, but I was fortunate to grow in the home, where it was part of everyday life. It was part of our soul, it was part of our dinner, breakfast and lunch every day, so I was lucky enough to do it, and I was lucky enough to have a really good teacher.
Well, it seems to me that you started fishing compete. One, it's in your genes. Secondly, it is in your family & # 39; and, but you competitive in all other sports, besides fishing?
You know, there's … You know, not like now, but of course, I was engaged in baseball and football, and my 15-year-old son Braxton really great baseball. So I … Competitive spirit mind is definitely in the genes, and hey, why not fish competitively? And get paid to do it.
So, man. So let's talk about your competitive fishing. What is the biggest problem that you discovered in competition at the level where you are?
You know, I think it's the greatest … I would not even call it a problem, but, you know, like most competitive people in general, this is the case with you, you can not win them all. It's … You just can not win them all, and I am very hard on myself, like any competitive person, and it is only then that you can not win them all. Because usually we are not satisfied, if not win, just like everyone else. But I believe that if you have found the biggest problem, I think, in general, would be tribal. As for the Bass Master Elite Series, this … We do not have many days off at home there very long periods of time. Being away from my biggest support staff and my family & # 39; and hard, but they still get to breeding, they have come to the elite tournament series in the tent, Florida. Of course, they will be there in Groves and Knoxville, Tennessee. I think that has seven & # 39; and half of the city Knoxville booked for it. But it is, perhaps, the most difficult part – is separation from family & # 39; and.
That's right. Not only fishing tournaments and practice, but you have a lot of sponsorship commitments?
I do. In fact, the person I have gained quite a good social media. I'm doing a series of Life on Facebook called Build Your Brand. Where I help young fishermen build the business side of their brand. And so I said it my rule to never call them sponsors, is to call them partners. And yes, yes, I have a very, very good team partner with a lot of commitment. I have to work the show and I have to do an interview with & # 39; w, and so. And in fact, a couple of my biggest partners – it's me, I'm so lucky to imagine my state of Louisiana. If you go there, when someone will see me on social networks, either on the road or in a tournament, you will see how Louisiana feeds your soul throughout my boat and truck.
And I have the honor to take to the streets and to the excellent state in which I live, and it's more than that … I had to call their obligations, because it's just more a part of who I am, and I am a part of who I am I do. Or a part of who I am and of what I am doing. And this is only part of the attempt to become the best ambassador for the brand, which I can be.
Nice, fantastic. Thus, you do it for a long time. What have you learned that helped you achieve success at this level?
Well, this is in contrast to baseball, and I am very involved with many youth organizations of fishing, and I tell them the same thing. This is a sport where … Let's, for example, baseball. You can not teach someone fast ball for 95 miles per hour. It's just not something you can teach, is mandatory. This is what you need to have. It's something … hand eye coordination, it's just something that should be in your DNA. Where fishing does not necessarily work that way.
Fishing more … And I say this a lot, that's … Guys … your boys high level tour, Elite Series, FLW, even MLF, much of what makes these guys so good. is their ability to catch fish instinctively. And I, what I mean by fish instinctively, is the ability to go to find anything, to fish and compete to win. Because a lot of what you see going on, especially in the elite series of events, which are the four … It may last four days, the guys do not know what they are doing from day to day. We exercise only two and a half days, and I can promise you that this is not enough time to say, hey, four-day match, I'm going to do this one day, this day two, this day three, and on this day four . You are lucky if you get it for maybe two days, but then you catch the new water.
And many of these guys have the ability to trust your instincts, trust your gut and go with what they … Go with what they think will work, and it works for them more times than not. Thus, the most important thing will be fishing and instinctively trust the gut. This, too, can be one of the hardest things as a professional fisherman, get to that level. Because we simply do not have much time to find out.
Or are you one of those instinctive fishermen, or you make a plan for a particular body of water?
Well, you know, so instinctively. I found that especially in the last years of my car & # 39; EASURES, getting here, I have found that in a tournament I had to fish more instinctively. Because it is … As a professional fisherman or anyone out there listening to fishing tournaments, you spend two, three or four days in the reservoir exploration, and you will find … Well, I can do it, do it, but passes half day, and what you are doing is not working. This is one of the most difficult things, like fishing tournament, is to stop and do something else. I have to go find something else. I have to run the new water. I have …
You know a lot of people, hey, I caught them on a worm in fifteen feet of water at these points and go through three or four hours, and they still did not bite, but they do not change. They continue to do so, and they continue to do it, and they continue to do so. Thus, when I say that I instinctively caught fish, it means that something is not working, you have to leave what you're doing to find something else. Do something else. Yes, yes, I consider myself to be an instinctive fisherman, but I think you really have to be to achieve this level. And even before the end … In the last year in Revelation it was a good year, and fishing third on points. Of the four events in the Central heart, I can tell you about three of them, I had to fish instinctively. I had to start new water during events because something went wrong, or something did not go as I had planned to find a new fish and still compete.
You know, instinctively and fishing is similar to that when you're going and you seem to be … you are working on your plan that you have in the morning, how long will you sit? You actually watch the clock, and then get up to half an hour, an hour, hour and a half, and nothing happened. And you like it, well, it's time to change. Or are you more like that feeling?
This. This is absolutely a feeling that … At some point, when your gut starts to tell you, I need to move. I need to move, I have to go, I need to try something else. I need to go somewhere else, that's when you need to do this step. In this there is no doubt. Of course, if you do not catch the shadow spawn, and something like that, this is only the first hour of daylight. Or spotted bass in the summer, when it's really the first 30 minutes are so important, before you give up something. Man, all to feel that it is some sense of my fishing instinctively, that you have to trust their own instincts. And if your gut says that this does not work, you have to move. You have to change and trust.
This instinct you think that's what you've always had? Or did you know that over the last 20 years?
You know, I absolutely learned it. The man did not so long ago. Indeed, my first 2016 2017 I have had good experiences I have had not so good events. And then I knew that I must begin to change the way of fishing. I had to start … You know, I have a predisposition, as many anglers, you have a tendency to grind. You know, I found the fish in the pocket, and they just sit there and catch it slowly as possible, as much as possible and try to methodically and eventually just feel like you're chasing a ghost.
But a couple of years ago, I began telling myself that I must begin to learn to fish more instinctively. I have to start to move, if I know that something is not working. I have to start to listen to your gut. And yes, indeed, over the last couple of years I started to force myself to do it, and it is amazing how almost every event, when I forced myself to start new things, if Plan A does not work, I have been successfully working only instinctively. Or the fact that many who likes to call a jump on a fishing trip. Just everything you can do to try to bite or try to find a new model.
Because the last thing you want to do is try to figure out which model is not in the day of the game. So, like the answer to your question, yes, I had to change himself as a fisherman. Especially in the last couple of years, because the fishing Bass Master opens, you have another 200 people who are trying to qualify for the series Bass Master Elite, and it's the same thing you do. And you can not have a bad event. In order to get into the top five at the end of the year, you really can not have a bad event. You should have four solid very good event, to be there at the end. So I think that someone will be very difficult not to catch fish and get Bass Master Elite Series is much less survive by doing this.
Do you think that this is the most important thing about what you have learned since you started to compete at this level?
That's what I said. I do not think that there is a doubt that I had changed and become better anglers in the past couple of years – is the ability to instinctively fish. An opportunity not to be disturbed for example: "I need to leave that found the practice, and I have to go do something else." And, as I said earlier, it makes it very difficult. Because in your mind, well, I practice so well done, flipping jigs and downs, but it's gone, and this is really hard to leave. Well, I have to get out here and start making jerks the bait, I have to go deeper here with a device for swimming, or just something else. But it is without doubt the most important change.
I started. And finally, as we approach the end of our interview with & # 39; u, I always ask these two questions. If you are ready, what is your most successful fishing secret?
The most successful fishing secret? Fishing your strengths. And I know that this may seem lost answer, but it's true. Because there are times when, if I can give you a quick example? The lake Veneer, where we had just arrived, the first two days of practice I had three bites in two days. And I was fishing with deep clear water, but I'm fine man. I do not mind … I can catch them deeply, but I'm fine man. That's just … So on the last day of practice I got shallow where it is not supposed to be a fish, and there I found them. Thus, when I say my best … your greatest … My biggest fishing secret, if nothing else works, catch their strengths.
Come back to what you know.
All right. Okay, question number two. What is your most successful or favorite lure or bait?
It's simple. Missile bait D Bomb. It's something … That little missile decoy D Bomb, probably put more money in your pocket, and then any other unusual bait to my arsenal. I – a guy missile device Pro SAS, but before I got in touch with John Cruz, he and I are now good friends, but it was a couple of years before we even joined, and I won a lot of money on his bait, and he saw her and he followed me. But this is just one of these … This confidence in me, I know that when I swim for one thing, he & # 39; eat it. But the missile decoy D Bomb – it is absolutely a fishing machine.
It's weird. I would like to thank you for what you took part in our show, but before you go, it is a professional fishing, and we all have to pay some bills. Thus, you have something that you want to promote? And if so, tell our listeners what it is, and how can they get it?
Well, hey, man, there's a lot of things. Guys, if you want to travel, go to Louisiana, Toledo Bend, which is, of course, world famous. Make sure you're acquainted with the state of Louisiana. North Toledo Bend State Park, South Toledo Bend State Park, they are fully equipped cabins, all you will ever need. But do not hesitate if I have any cost help you guys.
What's your number, Derek?
My number is 225-763-1001.
Fantastic. Derek, thank you for the great information. I want very much to thank you for what you were on our show.
Hey, man. My pleasure, at any time.
Derek, good luck in the Elite Series this year.
Thank you, sir.