No matter how regular and gastrointestinally disciplined you are, if you fish enough eventually you are going to run into an unexpected and inopportune case of the green apple quick step.
Over the course of 25 Major League seasons, Rickey Henderson stole a record 1,406 bases. Even assuming that he occasionally hit the bag standing up, that means that on well over a thousand occasions. Henderson slid into the bag, sometimes on hard astroturf, sometimes on slightly more forgiving natural grass. Henderson, who liked to refer to himself in the third person and also preferred to slide headfirst, beat his body up en route to the Hall of Fame.
I’m excited for the upcoming AOY Championship on Mille Lacs and the subsequent Bassmaster Classic Bracket event. The battles for AOY and Classic spots are far from over, and I think the Classic Bracket in particular is going to be balls-to-the-wall exciting with eight anglers competing live for a single spot in March’s big goat rodeo. As they work down to four anglers, and then to two, the pros may sandbag, but they’ll put it all on the line with every valuable cast. Unless I’m missing something, it’s going to be killer from a fan's perspective.
I just spent two days chasing muskies on Lake St. Clair, with my second day on the water overlapping with the first day of Elite Series practice on the big lake. For all of my time at B.A.S.S. events, I don’t think I’ve been on the water with the competitors since they eliminated co-anglers from Elite competition almost a decade ago, so I’m not aware of prevailing practices and habits.
Ever since the boating arm of the Johnny Morris empire purchased Legend last week, I’ve been besieged by emails and phone messages inquiring whether his position in the bass boat industry violates any sort of antitrust laws. I have repeatedly had to answer that I really don’t know because in three years of law school and nearly 22 years of practice I’ve never studied antitrust law nor dealt with a matter in which it was a factor.
I have dozens of buzzbaits, and if I were to take the time to count my stockpile it might turn out that my inventory has hit triple digits. But unlike the Senko, where I rely exclusively on a single brand, when it comes to buzzbaits there are numerous manufacturers represented in my existing arsenal.
I’ve blogged in this space since February of 2008, a total of nearly 9 ½ years. I’ve endeavored to provide at least two entries a week, and while I’ve failed to accomplish that on a handful of occasions, those failures are more than offset by the times that I’ve published three, four or even five pieces in a seven day span. That means that I’ve found inspiration on at least a thousand occasions to write something, and I’m sure that I have at least a thousand left in me.