Can I talk about something that has nothing to do with bass fishing, but has everything to do with bass fishing? Quite honestly all I can think about is Kevin Oldham, a 34-year-old firefighter from Chicago who is fighting Cancer.
Now I've told this story on several occasions before, and I'm going to try and tell it again, from a different angle. The story is about how a little pound and a half bass, which doesn't have a clue as to what's going on above the water, can be so important to so many fans.
Predications on who will be the Bassmaster Classic champion are a dime a dozen. Every newspaper article or website having anything to do with the outdoors has a guess from people who think they know the winner.
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?