2009 Elite Series - Diamond Drive Lake Dardanelle - Russelville, AR, Mar 26 - 29, 2009

Why you NEVER give up

About the author

Don Barone

Don Barone

db has been in the reporting biz for over 30 years, won some Emmys and other awards, but is proudest of his four-decade marriage, his two kids and the fact he founded Tackle The Storm Foundation to help children.

A knock on my hotel door.

Outside is Elite Bassmaster pro Brian Clark. In his hand is a drained iPod.

"db, can you charge this up for me on your computer? I need it tomorrow as I get ready for launch."

No problem. I have a playlist to wake me up as well. It's called WAKE UP.

As we sit watching the iPod charge, Brian tells me a story about his first day on Lake Dardenelle.

If you were charging his iPod instead of me, this is what you would have heard:

Brian Clark: "At 1:15pm, I didn't have any fish in the boat. None. So I told myself, 'Don't get all boogered up about it, just go fish.'"

"So I just started fishing around and pretty soon I had four fish, four keepers. I lost one 4-pounder but it's getting time for me to check in. As I'm pulling up to the weigh-in I see on my depth finder it's 3:40 and I have to check in at 3:50."

The iPod is still charging.

"So I go to a spot on the other side of the jetty from the weigh-in. First cast, nothing. The depth finder says it's 3:43 and change. I make another cast and bang. The second cast was a 2 1/2-pounder. I get it in the boat and blast back around the jetty and pull in at exactly 3:49."

"db, it tells me every cast counts, and that whatever you do, never, ever give up."

Brian Clark finished Day One in 24th place with 5 fish at 13 pounds even.

And a fully charged iPod.

— db

Don Barone is a member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association. Other stories of his can be found on Amazon.com. For comments or story ideas, you can reach db at www.donbaroneoutdoors.com

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