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Monroe: No respite wanted

Monroe: No respite wanted

It'd be understandable if Ish Monroe wanted to get away from fishing entirely for awhile following the recent 6-week run of events on both major circuits that saw him log just one Top-50 finish. That's not the case, though.

"I'm not 100 percent where I want to be fishing-wise and I want to keep my brain focused on fishing," he said. "Technically, I haven't even had a week off yet."

Immediately after the Beaver Lake FLW Tour, he participated in a charity tournament to benefit the Children's Miracle Network. Then it was off to Kalamazoo, Mich. for a promotional event at D&R Sports (owned by Kevin VanDam's brother and Jonathan VanDam's father, Randy).

This week he's at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas, representing sponsors at the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash. That'll lead right into next week's Toledo Bend Bassmaster Elite Series.

He'll enter that derby in 80th place in the Angler of the Year race. He's 96th on the FLW side after qualifying both championship events in 2013.

"I feel like my fishing is trying to improve a little bit, so I want to keep going," he said. "I've got to get out of the funk I'm in of not landing fish.

"I've been on fish at every tournament. At Beaver I felt like I was on the winning fish, but I didn't put them in the boat."

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