Unsafe at Any Speed

Unsafe at Any Speed

In June of 1997, I fished an FLW Tour event on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka as a co-angler. I remember the event largely because I finished 14th, and after failing to catch my limit fish on Day Two I missed the top ten cut by less than a pound and a half. Had I made it, I would’ve gotten to weigh in the next day at the Mall of America, which would’ve been pretty cool -- how many people can say that they’ve weighed in their fish, then immediately hopped off the stage and bought an Orange Julius?

Dirty Jobs

Dirty Jobs

I left work Wednesday night pretty disgruntled, headed north to the Elite Series on the Upper Chesapeake with the intention to return to the job on Monday fully gruntled. I love the work that I do for B.A.S.S. and even the long days and occasionally crappy weather usually leave me recharged.

The Chopping Block

The Chopping Block

With two and half Elite Series tournaments left this year, everyone is still fishing for something – everything from the AOY, to requalifying to just plain pride. If the season were to end today, young Bradley Roy would be our AOY, and usual suspects like AMart, KVD, Skeet, Palaniuk, Swindle and Hackney would be in the Classic.

Girls' Day Out

Girls' Day Out

Last Sunday my wife and I both woke up at 4am. We got out of bed, brushed our teeth, applied sunscreen together, and then got into separate vehicles. We met at the convenience store, and then again at the boat ramp, where we got into separate Bass Cats and headed in opposite directions.

Give it Away Now

Give it Away Now

The beauty of the internet is that it has democratized information, and of course this applies to the fishing industry. Whether you caught your first bluegill last week or you just cashed a second consecutive Bassmaster Classic check, you can learn in short order from a chair what took prior generations hundreds of hours on the water to figure out.

An Eastern Guide to Snakes

An Eastern Guide to Snakes

I have a friend from Texas coming here Friday night with the goal of catching a Potomac River snakehead. He’s someone who has helped me tremendously since the earliest stages of my outdoor writing career, when he was the pro-staff manager of a major rod company, and I was some guy just struggling to get published.

Five Back, Five Forward

Five Back, Five Forward

I love this time of year, when there are back-to-back Elite Series tournaments with an overlapping FLW Tour derby on a premier smallmouth fishery for good measure. It’s an abundance of riches for pro bassing freaks like me, with not quite enough personal bandwidth to give it all the attention it deserves.