Gerald Swindle, the crowd-favorite Elite angler from Guntersville, Ala. never lacks for colorful commentary and he did not disappoint on Day 2 of the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open on the Kissimmee Chain. Explaining how he caught a limit of 18 pounds, 2 ounces, Swindle credited the flexibility afforded him by his choice of active wear.
A pair of $9 silver basketball shorts.
That was Swindle’s option when he stopped for gas halfway to Florida last week and realized he had left his suitcase at home. Too far to backtrack; too costly to have it mailed to his destination, Swindle hit the local big box store and added a couple pair of shorts and a pack of cheap underwear to the only clothes he had in the truck — the pair of jeans he was wearing and two extra sun shirts.
“I noticed that when you’re reeling in those big ones, I really get in the Crouching Dragon position a lot better,” Swindle said. “Not the deep knee bend that (Mike) Iaconelli used to pull off, but I got lower than I normally would because of the freedom.”
Apparently, the store Swindle visited had a limited menswear selection and, upon further consideration, he opted to leave one pair of shorts in the bag.
“My red ones were so flashy I was scared to wear them, so I’ve worn these (silver shorts) five days in a row,” Swindle admitted. “I haven’t washed them yet and if I make the (final-round) cut, I’m not washing them tonight either. I think sometimes you have to laugh at yourself. I could have let this spin me out, but it ain’t the end of the world.”