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Chad Morgenthaler BASSFest Chick

By Todd Ceisner BassFan Editor

Chad Morgenthaler’s career resurgence this season can be boiled down to three letters: PMA.

It’s an acronym that’s emblazoned on a bright yellow rubber bracelet he wears every day. It stands for Positive Mental Attitude and has been a trusty companion during his first season fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series.

“It’s just a reminder that when your day is going crappy, all you have to do is look down at it and find something else to think about that makes you happy, even if it’s not fishing,” he said.

The long-time pro angler has endured plenty of days and seasons in the past where things have not gone his way. Over the last year or so, though, he’s taken a different approach to the sport and he couldn’t be happier with the results. He’s more about fishing the moment and heeding what his instincts tell him.

“When you tend to try to fish safe, you tend to ignore that gut feeling,” he said. “That thought has already crossed my mind for the rest of the season, but I can’t fight what I’ve been doing. I’ve just been fishing the moment and it’s gotten me to this point so I have to continue to act on that. I can’t go out and throw a dropshot or shaky-head at the last two events and expect to maintain my spot and have a shot at Angler of the Year.

“I may zero but it won’t be because I’m not fishing my gut.” read more…

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