February 27, 2013
“Are you for scuba?”
Dive instructor Claude, from the movie “Along Came Polly”
I’m just back from the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, which featured weather that can best be described as “shrinkage-inducing.”
They told us upon arriving that “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, just wait 30 minutes and it’ll change.” Unfortunately, it just went from nasty and snowy on Wednesday’s practice day, to windy and pouring rain on Thursday’s media day, to absolutely Arctic on the first day of the tournament. That’s change this writer cannot believe in.
My utterly unfashionable ensemble on Friday included the following: thick socks, 800 gram thinsulate boots, two pairs of long underwear, a hooded sweatshirt, thick pants, a windstopper vest and a Guidewear rainsuit. I had a face mask, a beanie and gloves, which I had to remove occasionally in order to blog for Bassmaster.com. Fortunately, our camera boat driver brought a small propane heater, which I used to defrost my fingers. I’m not sure how safe that was, but I was willing to take a risk in this case.
The bottom line? The older I get, the less I like weather extremes. That’s why I always pay attention to what the anglers wear. It’s in their best professional interest to be comfortable and as a rule they spare no expense (or no sponsor expense) in getting the best space-age stuff available. Several pros in this tournament, including Greg Hackney (pictured above), wore suits from a company called Stormr. It’s a neoprene windproof/waterproof shell that also provides buoyancy for safety. I’ve never seen one other than in Tulsa, but it’s high on my list of items to check out.