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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.”

Most of My Heroes Don't Appear on No Stamps

Most of My Heroes Don't Appear on No Stamps

On a trip to India this past December, my nieces spotted Aziz Ansari on vacation with his girlfriend. They approached him and he proved to be exceptionally gracious, engaging in conversation, taking pictures with them and writing each of them a short note.

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.

The Times We Live In: Ten Thoughts

The Times We Live In: Ten Thoughts

Last Thursday, the New York Times published a lengthy (approximately 3,000 words) feature on the state of bass fishing titled “This Is the Most Lucrative Moment in History to Catch Bass.” The writer, Haley Cohen Gilliland, previously of mega-serious and prestigious publications like The Economist and Vanity Fair, did a fantastic job with what is likely a difficult topic for people outside of our orbit to understand.

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.

Classic Fanatic

Classic Fanatic

Over the past week or so, I’ve been wrestling inside my own head with the questions of why I’m so excited about this week’s Bassmaster Classic. I go through the same process every year about this time, getting hyped up for a tournament that I’m not participating in, only watching.

Analyzing the Hacknexit

Analyzing the Hacknexit

It seems that I couldn’t have written a more piss poor prediction had I invented the Sports Illustrated curse myself. Just a few days after I blogged about Greg Hackney being one of three anglers who’d leapfrogged KVD and two others to become the top three on the Elite Series, the Cayuga event concluded with KVD on top and the Hack Attack dead last.
It’s clearly unfair to state that this represents some sort of career plummet for Hackney. His Day One catch was disqualified, and but for that he would’ve garnered some valuable points despite losing his previously substantial lead in the AOY race. The individual tournament result doesn’t reflect any decline in his fishing ability, just a lapse in his decision making ability. He’s still in 5th place in the AOY race, and while this poor finish might ultimately doom his chances of earning his second such Elite Series title, he’s still within range.