Weighing so many fish often leaves his hands finned and sore, but he enjoys that part of his job anyway. A longtime tournament angler himself, he can relate to the anglers. "You see their highs and lows. You understand what the fish are doing, and what the anglers have been through out there trying to catch them," he said.
Fans won't hear Weldon say much on stage. He's way too busy to talk. He works quickly because he wants to get the fish safely into holding tanks, at this Classic provided by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. But he's certainly paying attention to how the competition is unfolding, especially on the final day.
"The most exhilarating time is when the last angler measures his fish, and you watch the scale settle the weight, and you know if he's the champion or one of the other anglers standing behind him is the champion," he said. "In one instant, you see the thrill of victory — and the agony of defeat."
Weldon is always quick to praise the tournament crew. They work behind the scenes, and the public rarely sees them. "We have experienced B.A.S.S. tournament managers and staff who have a hand in all of this," he said. "There's a large group of people who make this happen and I'm proud to be a part of that team."