Mom will have to wait

Captain Dave Anderson and Janet Parker
Rob Russow
Captain Dave Anderson and Janet Parker.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, TowBoatUS Captain Dave Anderson may have some making up to do. But, accomplished female tournament angler Janet Parker will forever be grateful for the assistance he provided her during the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Table Rock Lake.

Yes, Janet swears it’s true, Captain Anderson actually declined a cell phone call from his own mother while assisting her with a dead battery in the midst of competition on Day One of the tournament.

Parker found Anderson’s decision to shun his own mother rather humorous, but there was nothing funny about being powerless, after just her second stop of the day on the first day of the tournament, when attempting to crank-up and run further north on expansive Table Rock.

“On my second location, I caught a keeper, but the fish were not really cooperating, so I decided to make a run further north, but my boat wouldn’t start,” explained the Little Elm, Texas angler. Thank goodness she listened to her inner voice at the mandatory angler registration meeting the night before, and signed up for a BoatUS ANGLER membership with representatives who were on site.

“I always had the ‘it won’t happen to me’ attitude, “ said Janet who runs a Ranger Boat wrapped with a recognizable Minn Kota Talon graphic.  “Fortunately when I was at registration, I had a little voice say I better sign up for both the BoatUS ANGLER Unlimited On-the-Road and On-the-Water Towing services,” said Parker.  “I figured if I never used it I’d only be out $72, but if I needed it – it’d be priceless – guess what – it proved priceless.”

“The TowBoatUS Captains went above and beyond what was required or expected. With permission from the tournament officials, Ranger Boats rep, George Liddle met Captain Dave at a marina with a new battery, and then Captain Dave and Delton came to where I was fishing and installed the new battery,” said Parker who was introduced to fishing by another female angler, her God Grandmother, Viola Lassiter. 

“Captain Dave and Captain Delton even came to the weigh-in later that day to see how I did,” grinned Janet. “And I reminded Captain Dave that he’d better call his mama back.”

Turns out, Janet Parker wasn’t the only angler that TowBoatUS aided during the event. Captains Dave and Delton answered numerous other dispatch calls for on-the-water assistance from Parker’s competitors during the three-day event on ‘The Rock.’

Tournament anglers who buy a BoatUS ANGLER membership will also benefit greatly from their subsequent free participation in the BoatUS ANGLER “Weigh-to-Win” tournament cash bonus program.

Simply said, it pays to buy a highly affordable BoatUS Angler membership regardless of what B.A.S.S., FLW, LBAA, College Bass or PAA events you compete in, especially when you’re registered for the Weigh-to-Win cash tournament bonus program, and that’s why hundreds of anglers signed up last year. To make sure you are eligible in 2012, just dial (918) 742-6424 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday – Friday, and ask for Kendell, she’ll make sure you get signed-up. Or to learn more, please visit