2014 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Dardanelle Lake Dardanelle - Russellville, AR, May 15 - 18, 2014

Just ask

“I prayed, ‘Dear Lord, please don’t let the tornado hit my house but if it does please just take me and not my wife and baby.’”

Mark Young, a 30-year-old Electrical Supply sales guy from Conway, Arkansas, came to the Elite event to watch the weigh-in, and suddenly found himself in front of my camera.

Yeah, I went out and picked just someone, a fan, who came to watch the weigh-in.

“I fish once a week if I can, now with the new baby, Parker, he’s 2 months old, there’s not much time to fish right now, but I’m trying hard to save some money and buy me a bass boat…but it’s going to have to be a really USED one for me to afford it. Right now, I have to get someone to take me fishing, but hopefully one day I’ll be able to just take myself fishing.”

Mark told me he fishes because it helps clear his head, “I was an avid golfer then a buddy of mine took me bass fishing for the first time and I came home and sold the golf clubs and bought a fishing rod and reel the next day.”

And then came his personal story: “The tornado that hit Mayflower, I was outside in my driveway and saw it coming right at us so I ran inside our house, told me wife to get into the closet, scooped up Parker our 2-month-old son, gave him to my wife, Abby, in the closet, put a blanket over the two of them then I laid on top of them and the blanket to protect them both.”

Fortunately for Mark and his family, the tornado turned; unfortunately for the people in Mayflower and Vilonia, it turned their way, and you are in our prayers.

When I finished the interview with Mark, we took a selfie photo together which he pasted on my Facebook page along with sending me a message which said, in part, “…Parker was born on Classic weekend so I'm thinking he and I will go next year for his birthday.”

And if that happens, there will be three of us in the next selfie.

“…'cause I really wanna know.”