Being a professional bass angler is a taxing vocation. You rise long before the sun, spend long hours standing on your feet in all sorts of adverse weather conditions, and you travel for months on end.
Gaige WIlliam Vinson is sending father, Greg, some encouragement.
But despite three long practice days in preparation for Friday’s start of the Bassmaster Classic, Greg Vinson says he’s actually getting more rest now than he was in the two weeks leading up to Classic practice.
Vinson is a brand new father. His wife Stephanie gave birth Feb. 6 to Gaige William Vinson, the couple’s first child.
“I didn’t get a whole lot of good rest before I came to Shreveport,” Vinson said. “I used to think I didn’t get much rest being a fisherman, but I’ve found out you get even less rest being a father. He’s on a three-hour cycle, so I’ve been getting up a lot at night to help take care of him. But I’m not complaining. It’s the most awesome experience I can imagine. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.”
Gaige hit the scales at 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 19 inches.
“He’s definitely a kicker,” Vinson said.
Stephanie and Gaige don’t plan to attend the Classic, but they’ve been sending Greg daily updates, including notes signed by the newborn.
“I think Steph is actually writing the notes,” Vinson said. “I don’t think Gaige is that smart yet.”
While mom and baby don’t have this week’s Classic on their itinerary, Vinson said that will change if he’s in contention on the final day of the tournament.
“That gives me a real good incentive to do well,” he said.
There’s a precedent for new fathers winning Bassmaster tournaments, a phenomenon that has come to be known as the “baby pattern.” Fred Roumbanis won the 2007 Bassmaster American shortly after becoming a new father, and during the 2006 season, anglers Preston Clark and Dave Wolak notched victories close on the heels of special deliveries from the stork.
“I didn’t really know about that before, but now I’ve heard the rumors about the baby pattern,” Vinson said. “If that’s what it takes to win the Classic, I’m all in.”