For Rigid Torture Team Member and BASS Elite Series Pro Angler Dean Rojas who resides in Havasu City, Arizona, preparation for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell actually began in Escanaba, Michigan on September 22nd knowing hequalified for his 14th Bassmaster Classic.
“Leaving Escanaba and making the long drive home, I began to mentally prepare myself for what is the biggest tournament of the year. Although it was stillseveral months away, in order to win that tournament everything has to fall into place at the right time and it’s my job to be prepared from the beginning of practice until the last fish is weighed.”
Like many of the Classic competitors, Rojas was able to take advantage of some pre-practice prior to the Dec. 31st off limits period of Lake Hartwell. “Spending time out on Lake Hartwell in South Carolina, getting an idea of how the lake sets up and trying to determine what I may or may not see when February rolls around and official practice begins was very important to me.” says Rojas. “I was able to find a few things, that fit my strength and depending on the weather and a few other factors, I might have something to build on when we return.”
Fishing in 14 Classics would be quite an accomplishment for any anglers career, but Rojas, who although is thankful to be fishing the event has an axe to grind. “I know what to expect and what the week will bring with media, fans etc.. That is why I try to get everything prepared way ahead of time. Being mentally and physically prepared as well as having all my equipment in-order before I arrive is key to success in this event,” states Rojas. “I still go into the event like I do all events, open minded and ready to make adjustments. Anything can happen at any time, it’s being open to those changing conditions, recognizing them and not forcing any one pattern or bait and letting things happen on their own. Every single fish is important. It’s my job to bring the five best fish a day for three straight days to the scales and not worry about what is going on around me. My tackle, my equipment, and myself needs to be at 100% all the way through the event for me to be successful on the biggest stage in professional bass fishing.”
When asked how he felt about his chances at this year’s Classic, Rojas’ response was as serious as the look on his face when it’s time for the tournaments blast-off, “I have been second a time or two in the past, I am ready to bring that trophy home to Arizona where it belongs!
Dean Rojas, 43, from Lake Havasu, Arizona has earned over $1.7 million dollars in 181 Professional Fishing events during his career and is sponsored by Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, Gander Mountain Sports Stores, Rigid Industries LED Lighting, Gamakatsu, Gill, Lowrance, G2 Gemini, Spro, Big Bite Baits and Duckett Fishing.