Fall fishing and filming

I’m sure many of you believe our busiest time of year is during tournament season, and it can be. But not always.

There is plenty to do in the offseason, as well — like prepping our current boats for resale and ordering new ones, negotiating contracts and fulfilling last-minute sponsor and media obligations. And most importantly, the offseason is our chance to reconnect with family and friends.

When the Bassmaster Elite Series season ends, the time of catching up begins.

Sponsor stints

Even before the tour was complete, my calendar filled with a number of sponsor obligations. One was with Shimano — helping them to create images for next year’s catalog and filming various video clips for use in TV and social media.

I enjoy that type of work almost as much as tournament fishing … especially when the people I’m working with make the job even more rewarding.

Because of these efforts, Shimano is utilizing my image for their new catalog and ad campaigns. Watch for the new Curado TV commercial, too. It’s pretty cool. It starts out with a series of images showing the evolution of the reel, then inserts clips of the pro staff anglers. At the end is an aerial view of me in my boat, surrounded by a sea of duckweed.

Shot with a drone, the camera starts up high, then rapidly descends to just above the boat where you’ll see me holding a Curado rod and reel combo above my head, looking directly into the lens. It’s a dramatic shot, and it makes for a perfect finish to the sequence.

Shimano is also featuring me in their Curado print ad campaign. Here’s a copy currently running in several fishing magazines, including B.A.S.S. Times.