Amid the flurry of activity in the War Room and on the water, there's a whole other side to the Bassmaster Classic -- the dedicated folks who come to the Classic as fans and take advantage of the Expo and other activities.
Rodney and Amy Blank (weBfishin on Twitter) stopped by the first ever Bassmaster Classic Tweetup Saturday at the Expo to meet fellow Twitterers and B.A.S.S. owners Jim Copeland, Jerry McKinnis and Don Logan, as well as B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. The two drove from their home in LaGrange, Ga., to Shreveport-Bossier City, La., for their annual trip to the Classic. This time, they came with a story to tell.
In May 2011, Amy, 36, was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. "I've been on the kidney transplant list for months now, and no one in my family was a match or was healthy enough to be my donor," said Amy.
"We're the perfect match," said Rodney, looking at his wife with a smile, "in more ways than one."
Rodney, her husband of three years, will go through six months of recovery once the transplant takes place in March or April.
"I've lived my life," said Rodney. "Now, she is my life. I can live with one kidney, but I can't live without her."
"We're ready to get back out fishing," said Amy. "We got engaged on a bass boat, and we come to the Classic every year."
We wish the lovebirds the best, and we hope to see them back out on the water soon and in Tulsa next year for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.