2012 Bassmaster Classic Red River - Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, Feb 24 - 26, 2012

Congratulations to Chris Lane!

Everybody’s talking about

Chris Lane
being our new Classic champion. I’m no different except that I want to comment on something I saw him do that I think shows you what he’s all about and how good of an angler he really is.

This man changed fishing locations on the second day because of his launch position. That may sound routine or obvious to some of you but, as a professional angler, I can assure you it takes real guts to do that. He was on fish the first day. He knew they were there. Maybe it makes intellectual sense to move when other boats get to your area first, but in your heart it’s darn near impossible.

That decision tells me Chris has matured as a professional angler. I’ve watched him for a while, and he’s had his ups and downs. He’s up right now, and I suspect he’s going to stay that way. Congratulations to a fine angler, a fine family man and an all-around good guy who always has a smile on his face. He’ll do our sport proud.

I also want to compliment B.A.S.S. for their tournament coverage. I may be an old coot but I’m fairly Internet savvy. This year’s coverage was first-class. The articles were great, the photography superb and the live coverage unparalleled. It’s unbelievable to be able to watch a guy catch a life-altering bass in real-time. Congratulations to management for their vision, and especially to the men and women in the trenches making it happen.

The only negative was that I wasn’t there to get some of that coverage. I’m working hard this year to change that, though. I spent 16 hours Sunday getting my tackle ready for the southern part of our schedule and will probably spend another 16 before I’m finished. I’ve always said tasks like that are a labor of love, but they’re still labor. You’re still tired when you get done.

In between sorting tackle, I have to make a couple of sponsor appearances late this week. This Friday I’ll be in Dundee, Michigan — right across the Ohio border — at the Cabela’s store for a promotion of Abu Garcia products and Berkley Trilene fishing lines. On Saturday, I’ll be doing the same thing at the Bass Pro Shops up near Toledo. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood. I’d love to see you.

Fans are my lifeblood. Seeing you guys and gals is like getting a shot of adrenaline. I love talking fishing and answering your questions. The neat thing about Friday and Saturday is that I’ve fished many of the places (maybe all of them) you’ll be asking about. We can talk specifics. That’ll make us all better anglers.

That’s enough for now. I need to get back to Signcom. One thing I do want to mention before I go, however, is that if anyone has a topic or anything they want me to talk about, don’t be afraid to post your thoughts. I read every single one and I’ll do my best to address them.  


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