Don Barone

Why you NEVER give up

Mar 27, 2009

A knock on my hotel door. Outside is Elite Bassmaster pro Brian Clark. In his hand is a drained iPod.

Green egg & ham

Mar 27, 2009

A man's best friend is his dog — a charcoal broiled foot long with mustard, relish and a hot sauce that melts fillings. If not for barbecue sauce there would be no reason for chickens.

The feeling of one

Feb 22, 2009

A few days back, I was sitting at a picnic table with Skeet Reese when I asked him if he had ever experienced euphoria.

The Running of the BASS

Feb 21, 2009

Somewhere in Shreveport a security guard is shaking his head. He's tellin' the wife a Classic story of his own.In security guard school, they don't train you for this: A Close Encounter of the db Kind.

Packin'

Feb 11, 2009

If you have to wear a flashlight strapped to your forehead, and you're not a mile down in a mine, you shouldn't be doing what it is you're doing, which is getting tackle ready to catch fish, which a respected biologist kid I know in middle school told me are not even awake at first safe light.

The R-Word

Feb 8, 2009

The R-word wins when the boats stay on the banks. The R-word wins when the boat trailers stay in the driveway. There IS NO OTHER CHOICE but to take to the water. Anything short of that, and the recession wins.

Children of the Heart Gallery

Dec 23, 2008

Last year, DCF finalized 600 adoptions! So Javi, and the children of the Heart Gallery, I know you are waiting and desperately seeking a family, but you need to know one of the greatest gifts we can give each other is hope.

Christmas for Javier

Dec 23, 2008

In a dim garage on a cold November day, inside a crumpled newspaper insert, five words jumped out at me: a strong passion for fishing. Javier is in the sixth grade, and he has been in the care of DCF since 2002, when his parents "severed" their ties to him.

Bass caddy

Oct 24, 2008

Professional Bass Caddy, Steven Wells is the kind of guy that if you are in trouble, you would like to have him next to you. He is completely devoted to his wife Pamela Martin-Wells.

Mashed potatoes and history

Oct 23, 2008

There it stood in all its glory: heap upon heap of the fluffy motherload, sitting there all proud in some sort of huge martini/margarita shiny glass. We're at the Women's Bassmaster Championship and that there is some championship DESSERT.

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