Adam Bartusek: Business Development Specialist
has been a full year since I started at City Wide. Time sure does fly when
you’re having fun and working with an awesome crew. It’s been a privilege to be
on this team and I can’t wait to see what the future holds. We have been
killing it this year and it’s been a blast to be a part of.
everyone in the office knows, I’m obsessed with fishing. Luckily, I’m not the
only one in the office who fishes a lot: Greg, Jarrad, and Joel also fish an
abundant number of tournaments. Being in sales, I feel it’s important to stay
involved in competition outside of work. Tyler and I are competitive with each
other golfing, and I know he also skis in the winter. My outlet is tournament
fishing, and it’s the best adrenaline rush there is.
Last summer I had a good year and
qualified for the Fishers of Men National Championship in Guntersville,
Alabama. I was lucky enough to celebrate my one-year anniversary at City Wide
by fishing this national tournament down south, and it was AWESOME to get away
from winter for a bit. I traveled down to Alabama on April 6th and
it was a LONG 15-hour drive, but I couldn’t complain about spending a week in much
Practice was tough for us.
Guntersville was a new lake for my partner Aaron and me; but it fished similar
to Minnesota waters because of the time of year. We spent a lot of our practice
looking for shell beds on inside weed edges, eel grass presence was key. The fish
were ready to spawn because of the sudden warm weather. We caught a few good
fish in practice but weren’t really sure how it would shake out.
Day 1 we were pleasantly surprised
by a 5-fish limit that was almost 15 pounds. Normally, this would be a bad bag
on Guntersville but because of how tough it was fishing we were sitting in 42nd
out of 162. Day 2 was much more difficult for us, I’m not entirely sure why,
but there was not nearly as many fish in our areas and the wind picked up. We
were only able to bring in 4 fish for around 8.5 pounds. This slid us down to
the middle of the pack and we didn’t make the final day.
It was an awesome time down in
Alabama and I feel lucky to work in an office that allows me to pursue these
ventures. It certainly felt like a “once in a lifetime” experience, although I
hope I qualify for many more. Summer looks as if it is coming soon and I can’t
wait to get on the fantastic bodies of water we have around home, and enjoy
another fabulous Minnesota summer at City Wide!