No Time for Strader Haters

No Time for Strader Haters

I’ve been around this sport long enough to know which anglers are generally despised and which ones are known to “do things the right way.” No, I’m not going to divulge any names from the former group, but if you read between a few lines you can probably figure some of them out. In fact, if you read between the lines, there’s a lot you can learn about the levels of respect that various anglers are afforded.

At Your Convenience

At Your Convenience

We may not always recognize it, but we are living in a golden age of fishing. Part of that is because many of our fisheries are healthier than ever. Additionally, much of our equipment is light years ahead of where it was even a decade ago. The final foundation of that three-legged stool of excellence doesn’t involve fishing directly – rather, it’s because we are living in an era of convenience store exceptionalism.

Golden Gloves

Golden Gloves

Two years ago I wrote about how Huk wisely capitalized on Greg Hackney’s inner arms and armpits, branding their logo in places where it would likely only be seen as he raised his arms in victory. Apparently his other sponsors have caught on, because during the recently-concluded Kentucky Lake Elite event I saw several pics of Hack wearing gloves with a prominently displayed TH Marine emblem on the back.

Peter Piper Picked a Peck

Peter Piper Picked a Peck

In 25 years of riding around in bass boats, I’ve seen all sorts of meals brought on board. Of course, there have been thousands of packs of Nabs and hundreds of cans of properly-aged Vienna Sausages. There’s been at least three Herefords worth of beef jerky and a gross of Pop Tarts. I’ve seen a partner eat Chinese food (with a spork) out of one of those little folding takeout containers, and I’ve witnessed another place a half rack of ribs on his butt seat for easy access.

A Need for Mead

A Need for Mead

B.A.S.S. announced on Wednesday that the 2019 Classic -- number 49, if you’re keeping track at home -- will take place on the Tennessee River out of Knoxville.As far as I can tell, it’s a good choice, a new venue for most of the field in a decent-sized city in the heart of the Bass Belt.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Water

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Water

We’re 50 years into the history of B.A.S.S., a portion of the way into the 13th season of the Elite Series, and 17 years past the cancellation of “Freaks and Geeks” and we still aren’t able to apply anything meaningful from the world of statistics unto professional bass fishing.

 

Tucker the Kingmaker

Tucker the Kingmaker

As part of the organization’s 50th anniversary, B.A.S.S. has provided me with an opportunity to investigate and write a series of “Where are they now?” articles chronicling important players from our history. I started with “Randy Dearman and the Birth of Braid” and next I talked to Joe Thomas about his iconic collaboration with the late Tim Tucker entitled “Diary of a Bass Pro.”