Lexington’s David Fritts and Auburn, California’s, Skeet Reese will be the featured pros at the Feb. 23-25 Central Carolina Boat & Fishing Expo at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Greensboro.

Fritts perfected his crankbait skills at High Rock and Kerr lakes before putting them to use on the old Red Man circuit and subsequently the BASS and FLW trails. He has six FLW victories and five BASS victories.

His career earnings total $939,639 on the BASS trail and $1,377,393 on the FLW trail. Fritts was the 1993 Bassmaster Classic champion and the 1994 BASS Angler of the Year.

Reese has eight wins on the BASS circuit. He was also the 2007 Toyota Bass Angler of the Year and the 2009 Bassmaster Classic champion.

Both fishermen are on the 2018 Berkley pro staff.

Fritts will be available all three days of the show; Reese will be at the show from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Correction: Robert Mixon’s partner at the Feb.3 CATT Yadkin tournament at Badin Lake was Scott Henley, not Scott Kepley.

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At Saturday’s Anglers Choice Open House, former Bassmaster Classic champion Hank Parker addressed the gathering and told them the difference between the average fisherman and the successful pro is the attention to details.

“It’s not some magic lure or a secret hot spot, but the attention to details while you’re fishing,” said Parker. “Fishing changes from day to day and even from hour to hour. What works one day may not work the next.”

Parker said finding fish in practice before a tournament doesn’t always translate into catching them during the tournament.

“You hear fishermen whine about that constantly,” said Parker.

Parker said fish constantly move and reposition themselves for a variety of reasons. The successful pro notices these changes and makes adjustments quicker than the average fisherman.

Parker said if a fisherman pays attention to details, the fish will tell him during the day the changes that are taking place.

“If you keep basing your fishing on what happened the day before, you’re in for a lot of disappointment,” said Parker.

Parker then gave two examples to illustrate his point.

“I once fished a tournament and never practiced because of a problem with my motor,” said Parker. “I didn’t know a thing about the lake. During practice, my partner had found some quality fish that struck a spinnerbait in the back of a creek, so that’s where we went.”

Parker said they never got a bite. He asked his partner if the water was coming in or going out from the back of the creek or was it sitting still when he caught those fish. His partner hadn’t noticed.

“I couldn’t believe he had overlooked that critical detail which made all the difference in the world,” said Parker. “Conditions had changed; the lake had dropped a little so the fish moved out from the back of the creek to a hump near the mouth of the creek. I saw one shad flicker, and that’s how we relocated the fish. That one shad told me what had taken place; the fish hadn’t left the creek; they just repositioned themselves. Keying in on details will let you know what took place.”

Parker said in another tournament, he and Larry Nixon were fishing the same nooks within a creek. He would be coming out of the nook and Nixon would be going in.

That took place all day long, and both were tossing the same colored jigs.

“Only Nixon was catching 3-and 4-pound fish, and I was catching 1-and 2-pound fish,” said Parker. “After the tourney, I asked him how he was getting those bigger fish.”

Parker said Nixon had been using a 1-ounce jig because in practice he noticed the fish wanted a fast-falling bait and the heavy jig fit the bill. Parker was fishing a lighter jig.

“Details like that can make all the difference,” said Parker. “In this case, I missed that detail, and it cost me.”

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Jarrett Freeze of Landis and Rodney Adams won Sunday’s Bo Russell wildcat at High Rock with 15.66 pounds.

Tony Garitta is a fishing columnist for The Dispatch.