Hey folks! It's been quite awhile since I have posted or even been on UB. Not that I ever really spent a ton of time on here but I was normally pretty consistent with my lingering and occasional postings. However, 2021 was a hectic year for me. Myself and the family moved to southern Illinois (Scott AFB) and between my work schedule and my wife's, I have hardly been on the water. My YouTube activity reflected that as well. I went from putting out at least 60 videos in 2020 to just 6 in 2021! Then when i finally take some time to spend a week in MN to do some fishing, my cameras crapped out on me! The fishing was incredible though.
At the beginning of October, I deployed to the middle east and will be here until April or so. I've been working my butt off and have lost 30 pounds since I got here. Before anyone goes congratulating me, it should be said that I am still a chunky dude. Now I'm just a slightly less chunky dude.
When I do get home, I plan to do much more fishing. I entered the Illini BFL's for the 2022 season. That will be my first time fishing any BFL. Really looking forward to that. By all accounts, bass fishing in IL is a grind. So much so that I am told that if you manage to weigh in at least one bass per event, you are all most certainly guaranteed a spot at the regional. It's been a long time since I have lived somewhere that you have to fish so hard to just catch a limit every day. It will be painful but I know its going to help build me as an angler.
Lastly, I 100% plan to spend more time on UB in 2022. It's always a pleasure coming here and seeing how everyone interacts and helps each other. I am a member of other fishing forums as well and while they are each great in their own way, UB is the only one I come to that isn't filled with a bunch of negative people. People here either want to learn or want to help. And I'm here for every bit of that!