After more than 30 years of competing in B.A.S.S. tournaments, I’ve seen a lot of anglers come and go. Some I dig deep to remember, others I’ll never forget.
Glenn Browne is one of those that will stay in my mind forever.
I first heard of Glenn through his exploits in tournaments across Florida — regional derbies held on our state’s best waters. Places like Okeechobee, Seminole, the Kissimmee Chain and St. Johns River.
Glenn was making a name for himself through consistent high finishes, largely with a flipping stick. He loved that technique to a fault.
As time passed, Glenn advanced to the national scene where he became a force on the FLW Tour, claiming four victories. In 2013, he decided to compete in the Bassmaster Southern Opens — in the hope of qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series. And he was successful.
His year in the Elites
During the 2014 opener on Lake Seminole — his Elite Series debut — I shared a house with Glenn and Jacob Powroznik.
It was early spring and the bass were moving in to spawn. Jacob and I were finding plenty of bedding fish and we tried sharing that information with Glenn. But he didn’t want to hear it. He had established a flipping pattern and wasn’t about to give it up.
As the tournament progressed, Glenn’s flipping bite faded, and he ended up near the bottom of the standings.
In retrospect, I think, deep down, he knew our pattern was stronger. But rather than rely on the help of others, Glenn insisted on developing his own strategies. He was proud that way, and I respected him for it.
As the Elite Series moved north, Glenn and I continued to share houses and hotels together. And with each tour stop, we got to know each other a little better.
Unfortunately, his struggles continued. It seemed the harder he fought, the worse things went for him. Yet, through it all, I never heard him complain.
Anytime I figured something out, I would try to share it with him. But Glenn was so set in his ways, he would always stick to his own game plan. And by the end of the season, his Elite Series campaign was over.
Bigger battles begin
I recall after the final event on the Delaware River, things weren’t going well at home. His marriage and finances were in turmoil. That led to an ugly divorce.
Wanting to help Glenn through his financial struggles, best friend Rick Couch gave him a job at his local RV dealership. The two had been close fishing buddies throughout their adult lives.
While working at the RV dealership, Glenn entered FLW’s Costa Series. His intent was to requalify for the FLW Tour, which he did through an incredible run — ultimately winning at Champlain.