I first met Ronnie Moore at the Elite Series event on the Delaware River in 2014. I needed a ride to the ramp one morning and somehow ended up in the passenger seat of Ronnie’s silver pickup, where I was treated to a 75 mile per hour run up the road, dodging early commuters and running up on a sidewalk or two as we hauled the mail to get there in time for blast-off.
He hasn’t slowed down since.
In fact, Moore, who covered Elite Series events while still a full-time college student, making it back for class every week, might have picked up the pace.
In the nearly three years since then, he has become a full-time employee of Ma B.A.S.S. and done just about everything under the sun for the tournament organization. He’s covered Elite Series events, Opens and college tournaments. Among other tasks, he’s written articles, set up GoPros, taken pictures, and ferried memory cards from the water to the media trailer to get online galleries up as quickly as possible. Often he’s done all of those things in the same day. They’ve also groomed him to become an on-camera presence, and I suspect you’ll see much more of him online and on TV over the next few years.
The fishing media world is an unforgiving one, with (relatively) low pay, few guarantees, and few elder participants moving out of the way to make room for newbies. At the same time, it’s also a venue that is ripe with opportunity – if you’re willing to take on any and all tasks that present themselves, as well as some that you just make up on the fly. In the decade plus that I’ve been in the business, I’ve seen lots of young workers either reach the limit of their abilities or flame out entirely. There have been a few who’ve had tremendous potential, but ultimately gave up. For anyone saying that there’s a glass ceiling or no opportunity, though, you only need to look at Ronnie. Tens of thousands of miles on that truck later, he’s still going. The passion is there, and so is the work ethic.
You may not have a chance of becoming the next KVD, the next Zona or the next Don Logan, but if you doubt that there’s a permanent place in the fishing industry for those with a bit of talent and elbow grease, you need to check out all that Ronnie Moore has accomplished in just a few years.
If you can catch him.