I have always been a fishing junkie. For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with anything to do with fishing. I fished my first derby when 5 years old.
In this article Ron Klys talks about the Southern Open on the Santee Cooper
Bass fishing back in 1967 was more enjoyable than it is today because there was less boat traffic, and a lot fewer fishermen. I think the bass were bigger, and there were more of them.
Alton Jones has won well over a half-million dollars on lakes that contain blueback herring as the dominant forage for bass. Yet Jones doesn't care to compete on anymore blueback herring lakes anytime soon.
I spent the early part of my life in the U.S. Navy (1942-1948) then switched to the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1967 with 24 years of active duty. I was on the USS Hornet (CV-8), of Doolittle Raid fame, when she was sunk Oct. 26, 1942. I was rescued by the USS Barton (DD599) and was on her when she got sunk 17 days later, Nov. 12, 1942. I later was assigned to the USS Bland, and we made four major amphibious landings in the South Pacific (and I never learned to swim).
In this photo gallery you will see images of the elite series Carolina Clash on Lake Murray. It is thr fourth day behind the scenes.
In the annals of BASS competition a few accomplishments stand out. Roland Martin's 9 Angler of the Year titles, Rick Clunn's 4 Bassmaster Classic championships and Bryan Kerchal's Classic win coming out of the BASS Federation Nation quickly come to mind.