Wes Miller has been employed at this production company since 1991. He came on as a driver for one of the production trucks, but he begged us to shoot camera for so long that in order to shut him up, we let him try it. I’m sure it was something simple but when we started covering bass tournaments in the mid-‘90s we had a cameraman get sick, and Wes took over. He never drove a truck again.
Let me tell you something, shooting camera all day is one thing but shooting it all day in a boat and getting the best shots while dodging a panicking bass fisherman is something else. Wes is in the Top 3 or 4 ever to pull this off.
As far as I know, in almost 20 years of covering these tournaments, Wes has never missed one.
Now then, James Overstreet … Oh my! What can I say? James came to us maybe 8 or 10 years ago. It was back when we were catching a couple of fish before each tournament started, hooked them up with radio telemetry, and then released them for tracking during the competition.
James is the guy who went early, caught the bass and helped rig them with the radio device. He was such a good angler that we knew he could catch the fish we needed.
I guess he was always a good photographer and, after we quit tagging fish, he just started shooting still images for B.A.S.S. I don’t mean to judge any other shooters, but James is like Wes – best in the world.
If you don’t believe me, go to his Facebook and see for yourself. On a personal note, I, like everyone else, feel blessed to be around him. He has never called me anything other than “Mister Jerry” and I love the man.
OK, we’ve got 2 out of 3 covered. Honestly, it would be hard but we could make moves to get Wes and James on the same angler. We don’t, but we could. We have no control over Rick Clunn’s path, though.
I want to be plain here. I am extremely proud of Keith Combs for winning the Falcon event. This youngster could be a star in the making. However, Rick’s run to a close second was huge in the outdoor world, and I can’t get it off my mind.
So here comes the toughie. Rick Clunn is No. 3 in this group, and how do you say something about this man that hasn’t been said before.