Following the final
Wappapello Division Anglersí Choice event of the
season on Saturday October thirteenth of this
year I had the opportunity to speak with the
Division Points Champions for this year Scott
Fischer and James Goodpasture. The pair are also
the reigning points champions from last year.
This team has been unstoppable since the opening
event in 2018. This year they fished all seven
events and finished in the top five an amazing
six times. They were in the top three five
times. The proceeding is a brief interview with
AC: Being a flood
control reservoir Wappapello is always changing
from extreme lake levels and water conditions to
typical unsteady Southeast Missouri weather. Is
there a strategy you guys use for each
tournament based on the current conditions?
Fischer: Usually prefishing we just split it up. One of us will fish
shallow while the other one fishes deep and we
just try to figure them out that way, based on
the time of year and the seasonal patterns that
the bass should be in.
AC: When you find fish
prefishing does the pattern and area ever remain
the same until
Goodpasture: I think it does at times and this year we really didnít have
that many spots. We knew that fish were on those
spots and a lot of times we just had to wait
them out until they started biting. And that is
tough to do because the clock is always ticking.
But thatís what we did this year and it paid
AC: What if that
pattern just falls apart and waiting them out
doesnít look like itís going to work. Then what
do you do?
Fischer: Again, it depends on the time of year and what the fish should
be doing. We take that into consideration and
just go try to duplicate what was working at
Goodpasture: Sometimes we just fall back on the baits that have worked in
the past and try that, just to mix things up a
AC: What is the ďin
boatĒ buddy system you guys use. In other words,
are you both on the front deck or one on the
front and one on the back?
Goodpasture: Most of the time one of us is on the front deck and one on
the back unless we are sitting on top of the
fish, pitching bushes or boat docks then we both
are on the front.
AC: So, who is doing
what if one is on the front and one on the back?
Goodpasture: Most of the time, we split it up and one of us will be
fishing fast moving baits while the other one
AC: Do you fish
specific areas every tournament?
Fischer: You know we really didnít do that this year. We were fortunate
enough to figure something out from the
Greenville bridge all the way to the dam this
year. We fished the entire lake.
Goodpasture: You know going into today, we knew we just needed to catch a
good limit of fish, so we were just looking for
some point fish. We knew we were on the bad side
of a major cold front, so we just concentrated
on getting a limit of fish and then tried to
build on that.
AC: So, when
everything goes south and halfway through the
morning nothing is working how do you guys
decide to change direction? Is it a joint
decision or does one of you just call the shots?
Fischer: We talk it over and between the two of us we come up with what
we believe is our best chance to salvage the
Goodpasture: Most of the time we will try to regroup and try to think
back of how we caught them before in a similar
situation. Maybe even try baits that worked for
us in the past.
AC: How many years
have you guys been fishing together?
Both: At least ten years.
AC: So, is the
honeymoon over? In other words, do you guys ever
Both laughing. Fischer Jokingly: Sometimes we hit each other in the back
of the head with a jig.
Goodpasture: We donít really butt heads. We might get upset with
ourselves over a lost fish or something, but we
fish really well together. We fish a lot alike
and that is a big deal when you are fishing a
bass tournament you have to be on the same page
as your partner, and through the years we have
figured out how to do that.
Obviously, they have
figured out how to be on the same page. Everyone
knows that success in bass fishing is all about
momentum. It seems that once a team has figured
them out and are confident that they can repeat
the process in the next tournament they become
seemingly unstoppable. Fischer and Goodpasture
are masters at how to maximize momentum to their
full advantage and apparently are going to ride
that wave for as long as they can. They are two
of the most likable individuals on the
Wappapello circuit and with humility agreed to
do this interview. While they are quick with a
smile and a handshake, make no mistake at the
onset of each event, these two are going to be
fierce competitors and behind the affable
exterior there is a steadfast inner resolve to
go out and take no prisoners. At the end of the
day they are satisfied to leave it all on the
water. And just a note of caution to the teams
fishing the Wappapello Anglersí Choice circuit
next year: When you think you are doing well,
best to keep an eye on Scott Fischer and James
Goodpasture, there is a good chance that they
are hot on your six.
Good fishing and God Bless.