Thousands of miles of lakes and river systems across the U.S. can take a gruesome toll on equipment of the best anglers in the world.
We don’t have pit crews or pit stops, we have service crews and technicians.
The crews from major boat, engine and electronic manufacturers are present at every event making sure each and every angler — and even our media boats — are on the water.
Tucked away from the public eye, these silent warriors never ask for the smallest amount of credit.
In most cases the companies do not want to publicize equipment issues, which is understandable, but as every basshead knows: any boat will fault.
You can make your case for Company A or Company B, but there’s not a question of “if” there will be issues, it’s when.
That’s what these fine people are for.
The admirable thing is the teamwork between competing companies, that only miles on the road and years of travel can forge.
I’ve seen Yamaha mechanics help Mercury, and vise versa, Lowrance tech Cheryl Spencer — the matriarch of the group — lend a hand to Humminbird and Garmin anglers.
They all wear different logos on their shirts, but work for one cause — keeping anglers and staff on the water.
Hats off to all the service crews, thank you for keeping us on the water.
And a special thanks to Mercury’s Scott Beattie for being that person today.