People tend to think that just because they enjoy bass fishing, they are a shoe-in for a job at a fishing company. Not so fast.
The ink is barely dry on Pure Fishing's purchase of Sebile lures, but the whispers have started already: "There's too much consolidation in this industry," "They'll destroy the brand," "The little guys don't stand a chance anymore," "We need to go back to the old days in the fishing industry, when companies toughed it out, fought back instead of selling out."
I attended my first Classic in 2002, the year Jay Yelas won the event on Lay Lake by swimming a jig around shallow shoreline cover. Because it was a new experience for me, a newspaper journalist covering it for my paper's sports section, everything seemed significant. I loved seeing the anglers enter the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex arena as their favorite song blared over the loudspeakers.
At the Big Rock East Dealer Show last week, the mood was not so much upbeat as it was not somber, which could have been expected given the current state of the economy overall and news that consumers are still unwilling to make discretionary purchases.