There's a lot more to competing successfully as a professional bass fisherman than you think.Every Elite angler can catch a bass, but the little things can be what separates the best.
A Classic win, and a "never give up" statement, launched Mike Iaconelli to another level, but my point is still what I started the piece out with. Winning the Bassmaster Classic is by far the most important thing that can happen to an angler in our world.
There's nothing bigger in the bass fishing world than the Classic, and maybe I can make it even more interesting.
I use to participate in teaching events lots back in the '70s and '80s and as I looked at the crowd in Shreveport, I realized it was the same group of people that I talked to 30 and 40 years ago.
I've met with quite a few excited sponsors and their interest and support has been very uplifting. Everyone wants to come together and make a good thing better. Now it's my job to see that those fires keep burning.
It occurred to me that during the four or five months that I have written this blog I have said very few things about the Elite Series anglers or the people around it.
Did you ever stop to think how much money is spent on travel, equipment, education, etc., that's pointed toward outsmarting this creature?
Wow, what a whirlwind several days I've had since the B.A.S.S. transaction was completed. My goodness, now we're going to actually have to do what we said we were going to do.
Arkansas has a great Sports Hall of Fame that inducts several new sports figures each year. This is a Sports Hall of Fame not an Outdoor Hall of Fame.
I've yapped about a lot of things but one thing I've neglected to do is tell more about my two partners in the endeavor of purchasing B.A.S.S, Jim Copeland and Don Logan.