Launch gets underway for Day 1 of the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship.
The 2013 B.A.S.S. Nation champion spent his practice days scoping out spots, but not fishing them. Today he's hoping they produce some big fish. "I didn't catch any during practice, but today I'm going to catch some good ones on those spots. I'm ready," Lugar said. "I've got some spots that I'm hoping are going to produce. I'm looking to get back to the Classic."
Members of the B.A.S.S. Nation had the special honor tonight of hearing from Ginger Gilbert Ravella and her son, Greyson Gilbert. The two spoke on behalf of Folds of Honor, which hosted the sponsor dinner for the competitors in the 2014 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, as a way to introduce the organization’s new Patriot Fishing Days.
The Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Championship sponsor dinner was held in conjunction with the Folds of Honor presentation as Nation anglers fellowship and prepare for the upcoming Nation Championship.
You may have read earlier today in Don Barone's column "The pool man and the Afrikaners" about Joe Dee Dycus and his new friendship with Japie Botha. Here are the characters in that story. Dycus and his wife, at left, hosted Japie and Elandi Botha, center, at their home in Monroe, La., last week. The Bothas learned about trick-or-treating, and now they're trying to convince the Dycuses to visit South Africa.
Randy Burch of Wisconsin must be pretty good at fishing. The Flambeau Bassmasters member has qualified for his state team 17 times, and this is his fourth trip to the championship. Accompanying him this year are his wife and son. His wife, Jane, is here for the second time, and his son, Dan, for the third. "But I've been here all four times," said Randy with a laugh.
The B.A.S.S. Nation anglers and their families enjoy a Louisiana barbecue dinner from BBQ West provided by the Folds Of Honor organization. "The B.A.S.S. Nation and Folds Of Honor is the perfect partnership, and we looked forward to what we can accomplish together."