Bassmaster Classic

Redemption Song

Redemption Song

Unlike many of you, I’m generally of the opinion that golf is a waste of good real estate, but nevertheless I was moved by seeing Tiger Woods celebrate his victory in the Masters on Sunday. As fishing fans have already been reminded this year, you should “never think that your best days are behind you.”

My Trophy Case Grows

My Trophy Case Grows

I’ve written previously about the thrill I experienced a couple of years ago when I was first published in Field & Stream, the magazine that truly lit a fire under my desire to fish as a 9 year old kid. Now, two years later, they’ve published me several more times.

Truckin'

Truckin'

After nearly 25 years of tournament fishing and 15 years of writing, I remain fascinated by the tow vehicles anglers use to get from Point A to Point B. Whether it’s Craig Lamb telling me about his days of being a personal driver for Forrest Wood’s Ranger-pulling Lincoln Continental, or Rick Pierce telling me about the Lane brothers’ grandfather pulling up to Rodman Reservoir in an old green hearse, I love to hear about anything outside the ordinary.

New Writers: People You Ott to Know

New Writers: People You Ott to Know

I really wish that I’d had some formal training in journalism, because despite a wealth of informal mentors I’ve had to learn many of the hardest lessons through trial and error. One of the skills that I’ve worked hardest on in recent years is the not-so-simple act of building working relationships with specific anglers and industry personalities. I suppose in hardcore investigative journalism they’d call it “cultivating sources.” It involves access and trust.

Dressed to the Nines

Dressed to the Nines

Every tournament angler, whether he’s just fished one local derby for fifty bucks, or has true aspirations of making a living at it, has envisioned the trip to the Bassmaster Classic stage and has picked out his walk-up music. If you tell me you haven’t at least thought about it, you’re lying.

Along for the Ride

Along for the Ride

I’ve blogged for B.A.S.S. at the last 10 Bassmaster Classics, and while I still geek out on it, the boat rides scare the hell out of me. Between wind, boat wakes and general idiocy on the water, I assume that there’s at least a 42.8% chance that meet my eventual demise trying to track down some glitter boat chasing fishing immortality.

Last Dance with A-Mart

Last Dance with A-Mart

Alan Clemons reminded me the other day that Takahiro Omori’s Classic win took place nearly 15 years ago, a lifetime in fishing terms. That was the first Classic I covered as a member of the media, a thousand or so articles and two thousand plus blog posts ago, yet it seems like yesterday.

When Will the West Win Again?

When Will the West Win Again?

Another Bassmaster Classic is fast approaching and as I looked back at the event’s recent history I was surprised to learn that the last western winner was Skeet Reese in 2009. As westerners have increasingly established themselves at the top of the Elite heap throughout the regular season and in accumulating AOY titles, there’s been a dearth of big trophy traffic going leftward across the country.

Classic Prep Should be Ongoing

Classic Prep Should be Ongoing

Plenty of young tour-level pros have 3-year or 5-year plans for getting their careers off to a good start, but comparatively few pros of any experience level or vintage seem to be ready for what happens when you win a Bassmaster Classic.

Being There

Being There

I’ve been getting consistently published in bass magazines and on related websites for over a dozen years now, so even though I sometimes still feel like an absolute rookie, I guess that makes me an old salt. I came into the gig accidentally, with no contacts and no journalism experience, so I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way.