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Elite Prep with Cole Sands

Cole Sands with a wintertime largemouth bass
The Witch Doctor wanted to quickly touch base with our first-ever BASS Elite Series Pro, Cole Sands, to see how he is getting ready for his Rookie Season on the 2023 Elites.
“One of the perks of living in the south is that the fishing season never really ends. In addition, running a full-time guide service also keeps me very busy during the tournament off-season. The combination of those two factors greatly impacts my performance on the water when tournament season does come around. During the holidays I spent about two weeks without getting on the water, and what I noticed as soon as I got back out was that my mechanics were not quite as sharp as they were before. As my rookie season of the Bassmaster Elite Series is quickly approaching, I will be sure to get back into the swing of things by dedicating a lot of time to be on the water beforehand. Spending time on the water not only helps with mechanics but also aids in the amount of confidence I have in any situation. It also benefits greatly when it comes to understanding fish movement and behavior.
The past two months have been a whirlwind after qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite series. Trying to prepare for the upcoming season has included reaching out to multiple companies to see who wants to partner up for this next exciting chapter of my life. It has also included a ton of tackle prep as well. One thing I pride myself in is being equipped and organized so that I can make my time on the water as efficiently as possible. With that being said, I have made an extreme effort this off-season to take my tackle organization to another level. I am beyond excited to get this season started and cannot wait until I make my first tournament cast of 2023.”

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