2014 Dick Cepek Tires Bassmaster Elite at Lake Seminole presented by Hardee's
Lake Seminole - Bainbridge, GA, Mar 13 - 16, 2014

Rabbits & bulldogs

Paul: “It’s like I have this driving force inside of me, I may not be stronger, but I can be smarter. Sure I get frustrated out there with all the new electronics we have to deal with and I go into an instant stupid…but you asked what the secret to life is…I think it’s knowing what matters, and knowing what really matters keeps me on track.”

To those who know of Captain Kangaroo, and to those who don’t, a quick story about listening to the unexpected.

I’m at a BBQ with Paul, our neighbors put on a BBQ and invited us; most all of them knew Paul, not many knew me.

One old guy, between frying catfish, kept coming up and talking to me, an ex-Vietnam Vet, long-time employee of the Florida Department of Health and an avid angler. He asked, “Do you fish?”

“Not really.”



“You say you are an outdoor writer?”

“Yep, but I don’t really like the outside, makes me sneeze.”

At that, he stopped frying catfish and came close to me, but said nothing.  He’s all wily now. I know that move, I’ve done it thousands of times while interviewing someone.  He’s waiting for my move.

I take a hit off my bottle of Root Beer.


I know the question, been asked it a thousand times before, but the old guy couldn’t contain himself, made his move,

my turn.

“What’s your name?”

“Ah, Kimbrel Brown.”

“Why do I do this? Because I love what I do. I love the fact that the anglers I cover love what they do as well, and that when you love what you do, and they love what they do, it just becomes pretty damn special.”

And yep, Kimbrel Brown sucked me in...he had made his move long ago, and I missed it, because the old guy wearing the Bass hat and smelling like fried catfish leaned in even closer to me and said,

“You the rabbit, spitting at the bulldog, ain’t you,” and then he smiled, and not as the bulldog.

The Bulldog is the person who tells you who you are.

The Bulldog tells you to stop, that you don’t belong.

The Bulldog, barks retire.

Once again, Rick:  “Never allow yourself to accept that all your best moments are in the past.”

And from me, “Find what you love, and love it crazy, life is our own personal air guitar, grab it, hold onto it, play it and DANCE but,



stop spitting,

at the Bulldog.

“…and keep on pushin'.”

“Keep on Pushin’”

Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions



Update from Shaw after the Day 1 weigh-in on Seminole: "db, it was a blessed day…in my 30-plus years of fishing tournaments, it's only the 4th time I've caught over 30 pounds…don't ever believe that your best days are behind you….don't ever believe that."