The Past, The Present, and The Future

MH1The Past, the Present and the Future

By: Mark Howard

The Past: I cannot tell you in words how incredible it was to fish the FLW Tour in 2014 as a Co-Angler, and on top of that, to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup. With one win and 3 top 10’s over the past three years fishing as a Co-Angler in the FLW EverStart/Rayovac series, nothing can compare to qualifying and fishing the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup. What made my Forrest Wood Cup experience an off-the-charts experience was getting to share it with my family, my support group and sponsors back home. I bought 6 matching jersey for myself, my wife, brother, sister in law, daughter and son in law. Some may have thought that a little overboard as a Co-Angler but I am proud of my family and the support they have given me. They were on the docks at the crack of dawn each morning in my support. Living your dreams and sharing them with the ones you love is priceless and I must say they have all pressured me a little about qualifying for the 2015 Forest Wood Cup since it is going to be just a few hours away in Arkansas.

The Present: It is go time for this Tour Co-Angler as I finish final prep on tackle and equipment. I am just as excited about the start of this new FLW Tour season as I was in 2014. The Lord has Blessed me with a newer vehicle (Toyota Sequoia) to travel to the Tour events in 2015 thanks to my friends at Texas Motorcars. Two other anglers and I have launched The Bass Connection-a social media marketing and branding company that has helped us achieve some of our sponsorship needs for 2015 and will create a solid path for my associates and I in the future. I am determined to fish each day in God’s Grace and to keep an open mind about how to make the bass bite from one hour to the next. Each day is a learning experience and the Pro’s have taught me so much in a short time about reading the water and the fish we seek. I am Blessed as well to be able to lodge and fish Official Practice with my mentor FLW Pro Rich Dalbey as well. I am ready to get this 2015 Tour party underway.

The Future: The future is all in God’s Hands. I rely heavily on my faith in Jesus Christ to see me through this journey day-to-day. I have my thoughts and plans but I will be patient and let Him reveal to me what the next step is on this journey. I do hope that His plans hold for me a qualifier spot in the 2015 FLW Forrest Wood Cup.

I encourage you to follow me on Facebook at Mark Howard Bass Fishing and give my 2015 Sponsors a like. Kistler Rods, Pro Point Fishing Lures, Hag’s Tornado Bait, Lunkercatch.com, 4G Bait Company G Money Jigs, Shane’s Baits, Numa Sport Optics, Service Marine, Sartin Marine, and Legend Boats.

Be Blessed,

Mark Howard