Daily Limit: Myers’ dream quest
Days after capturing his first B.A.S.S. victory, Britt Myers was still trying to win it -- in his dreams.
Myers was startled awake on several mornings around 3 a.m. thinking he still had some work to do in the Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay presented by GoRVing. He had already topped Brett Hite by 4 ounces last Sunday and took the trophy home.
“Everyone keeps asking, ‘Has it hit you yet? Has it hit you?’” Myers said. “Every morning, I’ve been waking up extra early and I feel like I’m still in the tournament. I’m thinking what I’m going to do that day to seal the deal. It’s three days later and I’m still thinking it.”
The same type of anxious awakening happened to Greg Hackney during the 2014 AOY event, when on one wind-cancelled day he panicked after a nap thinking he was late to go fish for the title. Reality shortly came into focus for both.
While driving to this week’s event, Myers stopped at the JM studio for some TV/web shoots, and we got our hands on him for some news, notes and nuggets.
Although Myers lives in South Carolina on Lake Wylie (his CS Motorsports business is in Gastonia, N.C.), he doesn’t fish the state’s Low Country waters much, but he did find some useful intel on his scouting trip 45 days before the event. First, he found the easy piece of the puzzle -- the largest fish in the region’s rivers resided in the Cooper River, just under the Santee-Cooper Lakes.
“I did a lot of homework and research,” he said. “I knew with the way the floods have been, and because the water hadn’t been that good in other places, a lot of people would run to the Cooper River.
“I actually drove that twice from Georgetown. I counted the mileage, time and tides. You had to take into consideration the tide. If you ran against it, you’re going to burn more fuel.”
When and where to get fuel was another huge factor, he said. Little known to most competitors was the Daniel Island Marina and its hidden gas pump. It was on his shortcut and he took advantage each morning after running most of the way to his spot.
“I got gas every morning so I could fish until the last second, because the tide was always better in the evening, and that ended up being the key,” he said. “I caught two very, very late that were little, but that’s what won it for me.”
Yes, it seems he has come to the realization that he did win his first Bassmaster event, even if he’s still foggy on that fact each morning. This is what he told Tommy Sanders for “Winning Ways.”
“I have to pinch myself every morning when I wake to make sure this really happened.”
It did happen, Britt. Rest assured, it’s in the books. That trophy on your nightstand should have clued you in quicker.
TEACHING ELAM BUDDY SYSTEM
If Myers had missed his check-in on Day 2, James Elam would have heard an earful from him. Myers had the event’s second largest bag at 21-7, and he asked Elam to watch out for him on the 100-mile ride back from the Cooper to Winyah Bay.
“He maybe didn’t fully understand the concept. He kind of looked at me funny,” Myers recalled. “I was like, ‘I got a pretty big bag. I gotta make sure I make it back. Let’s ride together back.’ He said OK.”
All was well for the first hour or so, then Myers boat experienced a common problem of whacking something and “slinging an ear.”