SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. -- David Walker was grinning Friday, feeling good after posting fourth place on Day One of the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, and only 11 ounces out of the lead.
A six-time Classic qualifier, getting back into the Classic had been one of his goals in joining the Bassmaster Elite Series for the 2011 season. He made it by being 28th in Elite points, a deal he sealed after winning the final event of the Elite season.
That tournament, on Alabama’s Wheeler Lake, was when his “Why not me” signs appeared in full force. Walker had never won a major event in any circuit, and he thought it was high time to change that. Hand-drawn, the signs were held high by his wife, two daughters and friends during launch each morning.
Who’s to say the signs did not make the difference on Wheeler?
But the signs did not appear at the Bassmaster Classic on Friday.
“We already went down that road, we had to have a new slogan. Now it’s ‘Go Daddy,’” he said. “But ‘Why not me?’ for the Classic would be good.”