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Duckett ends season strong

It has been an interesting year for Boyd Duckett’s fishing career. The Demopolis resident saw his share of ups and downs while flirting with a couple of major event wins before ultimately missing the Bassmasters postseason.

“I was looking at a recap of the season,” Duckett said. “The last two seasons, I’ve had good seasons. It seems like what has kept me out of the postseason is having really bad events.”

Duckett started off with a bad event in 2010 at the Bassmasters Classic where, plagued by bad luck and motor problems, he finished 49th.

“I have to find a way to try to eliminate starting out a season the way I did this year,” Duckett said. “You build for yourself a mountain you have to try to climb out of all year.”

Duckett said his issue lies in his mentality. The stereotypical home run hitter, Duckett said he often looks for the potential of the big haul while passing up lesser catches.

The swing and the miss often costs him in the standings.

“I have my share of good events. These bad tournaments I have are normally the result of one really bad day,” Duckett said. “That is my goal is to identify those bad days earlier on. If I don’t find (fish) in the first two-and-a-half days, I need to make adjustments. I need to settle for 10 pounds, take 55th. If I can just make myself do that, I am in the postseason.”

Yet while he has not seen the postseason success he wanted, Duckett has been pleased with the consistency he has begun to achieve in his career.

“I’ve made five Bassmasters in a row,” Duckett said. “I’m starting to get into consistency. I ended (the season) strong. That makes you feel good.”