Brushes with Balsa

Brushes with Balsa

On Monday I quizzed 2015 Forrest Wood Cup winner Brad Knight for the better part of two hours about how he compiles his arsenal of Lew’s Custom Speed Sticks, but we had 15 minutes left before we each had to move onto other projects, so I started digging around in his boat.

Flash Me!

Flash Me!

On Monday I got to spend 90 minutes in the boat with David Fritts, 1993 Bassmaster Classic Champion, 1997 FLW Championship victor, and widely acknowledged crankbait savant. About a decade ago I’d spent a day with him on the Potomac River on a tour practice day, but that day he was focused on finding fish so I really couldn’t pick his brain. This time, it was all about the Q&A.

Tommy Boy, Hall of Fame Edition

Tommy Boy, Hall of Fame Edition

Before last week’s Bass Fishing Hall of Fame induction ceremony fades too far into the rearview mirror, I wanted to offer one last thought about the inductees. While nonagenarian Berkley Bedell wowed me, Gary Klein and KVD were shoo-ins, and Helen Sevier could probably buy them all (James Henshall, who died 93 years ago, slightly before Bedell caught his first fish, was not in attendance), it would be irresponsible not to give broadcaster Tommy Sanders some love in print.

The Past is Never Dead

The Past is Never Dead

On Thursday night I attended the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame’s annual induction banquet in Springfield, Missouri and I was heartened by the appreciation for our sport’s history that seemed to defy otherwise semi-clearly drawn battle lines, both new and old.

Things I Have and You Don't -- Powdered Sugar

Things I Have and You Don't -- Powdered Sugar

For the better part of a decade I’ve been bugging Yamamoto VP of Operations Ron Colby for a range of new products and soft plastic colors, some of which I’m surprised he hasn’t adopted and others of which I’ve realized I shouldn’t mention anymore.

The Pool's In But the Patio Ain't Dry

The Pool's In But the Patio Ain't Dry

Hope you’re not tired of my questions about the state of professional tournament fishing, because they continue to pop into my brain one after another after another. That may be because I spend a lot of time on social media, where the topic has been twisted, turned upside down and given an enema by hundreds or even thousands of fans.

What Does it All Mean?

What Does it All Mean?

Between rumors, innuendo, strategic leaks and occasional snippets of fact-based reporting, it now appears that there will be three major bass tours in 2019. Both the peoplewhoknowmuchmorethanme and the peoplewhoknowmuchlessthanme seem to agree on that, despite not agreeing on much else.

Once, Twice, Three Times a Tourist

Once, Twice, Three Times a Tourist

Obviously, Tuesday’s press release from the MLF crew created a frenzy among fishing media and fans. My phone, email and Facebook accounts have been blowing up since then with questions about what I know and what I think about the state of the fishing world from here on forward. More than one person has asked “When are you going to write about it?”

We are the World

We are the World

Prior to our west coast trip, my wife Hanna and her friend Cindy made a decision that we would not stop and see friends or family along the way – and certainly wouldn’t detour to find them. With only seven full days and two partial days to eat and drink our way from Seattle to San Francisco, there simply wouldn’t be time….and if we made an exception for one couple’s friends, it would only be fair to do it for the other’s. Therefore, they settled on a policy with no wiggle room.

Don't Stand So Close To Me

Don't Stand So Close To Me

About 15 years ago, my boss was invited to give a presentation in Hawaii. By “invited,” I mean required to go, although it hardly seemed like a hardship as we suffered through the depths of a brutal mid-Atlantic winter. After all, they were going to fly him out there, put him up at some hotel on the beach, give him a per diem and all he had to do was give an hourlong talk about a topic about which he was already an expert.