Last week I competed in the Bassmaster Open on Lake Champlain in New York. I had some good days and some not-so-good, but overall I fished pretty well, earning the number 7 spot. Lake Champlain is a really dynamic fishery with equal populations of largemouths and smallmouths. It also has a big array of shallow and deep structure, and a wide range of water clarities. Most importantly, however, is that Champlain has lots of grass, which is always good to fish in summer no matter which lake you’re on. That’s not news, I know, but what many anglers don’t realize (and the lesson that was reiterated to me during the tourney) was how much wind direction plays into success in the grass.