As far as many of you are concerned, Chad Morgenthaler’s 2013 season started in December at Lake Okeechobee when he won the Wild Card event and qualified for his first Classic in eight years. As far as I’m concerned, it started in January, also at Okeechobee.
Most of us will only get to pursue excellence and notoriety in one field.... There may be second acts in American lives, but only the most select few really gain equal fame, satisfaction and excellence in more than one arena.
I know that the “this is what I’m thankful for” column at this time of year is a little bit clichéd and perhaps more often than not a bit contrived, but I’m going to go on with it anyway.
I’ve owned bass boats since Bradley Roy was in diapers, and since that time I’ve always held one bedrock assumption to be inviolate: “There is no substitute for time on the water.”
When the 2014 Elite Series schedule was released, it contained lots of the usual suspects, big bass factories in towns that have experience hosting big tournaments ... but the one that intrigues me most is stop No. 7, the Delaware River, hosted by the City of Brotherly Love.
It is the nature of bass fishermen to be unsatisfied with the status quo.
Mike Iaconelli is confident enough to know that he has a legitimate shot to win every time out, whether it’s a northern lake, a tidal river, a southern impoundment or a parking lot mud puddle.
Put a hundred of the best fishermen in the world on some primo waters, and we’re bound to see a parade of huge bass, right?
After the final weigh-in at Oneida Lake, I went out to dinner with a small group of friends that included Bassmaster photographer James Overstreet and Bassmaster writer Craig Lamb. As we sat down, my wife turned to me and said, “There goes Edwin Evers.”
It’s been almost six weeks since the last Bassmaster Elite Series event but it feels like much longer.