Angler Hit On Way Home From Open

Breaking News: Steven Priest's boat was wrecked on his way home from the 2017 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open #1.

When he was hit by another driver, Steven Priest was leaving the Bassmaster Southern Open on the Harris Chain and heading to meet his brother for a YouTube video shoot for their channel Guillotine Digital. "I was about an hour from the lake, sitting at a stop light, minding my own business, and this guy slammed in to my boat hard," Priest said. "He was incoherent, and had no idea what was going on. The police ended up arresting him because he failed a sobriety test." 

Priest's boat was towed, and he had to empty it before heading home. "I didn't know if I was ever going to see my boat again," Priest said. "I couldn't go to a hospital or a hotel, because I had all of my gear in my boat. I ended up driving home to Ohio, and sleeping in my truck at a rest stop." Priest said he's physically OK though he's still trying to figure out what to do next. 

For the next Open, Priest will probably have to borrow a boat, and he still hasn't had time to examine the damage to his rig. "The boat could be totaled. It had huge gouges in the fiberglass. The PowerPoles were bent sideways."

For anglers towing their boats around the country, Priest recommends you have good insurance. "You never know what's going to happen," he said.