By David A. Brown
September 12, 2014
Much has been said about Anthony Gagliardi’s Cinderella story victory at the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. The local pro with a lifetime of home lake experience nearly missed his chance to compete in front of the home crowd when an inadvertent rules violation caused a heart-breaking disqualification at the season’s opening event on Lake Okeechobee.
Rightfully so, many reporters – myself included – pointed to Gagliardi’s diligence, his faith, his resilience as key factors in his amazing comeback performance. Those are good points, valid points, but we also can’t discount the fundamental truth that the guy’s a darn good fishermen. Many examples surfaced during the Cup, but one in particular was Gagliardi’s in-depth explanation of his use of the Yamamoto D-Shad.