Jacob Wheeler had his day interrupted by a Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation officer shortly after 10 o’clock. Wheeler got checked for a fishing license, which all Bassmaster Elite Series anglers are required to show to B.A.S.S. tournament officials at the anglers’ meeting before each tournament. So, of course, Wheeler was in compliance.
"Could you please not pull up on the deal in front of me," said Wheeler, as the officer approached. "I have a big tourney today, and I'm fishing for a hundred thousand dollars, and I'd appreciate it."
The officer was apologetic, saying he didn’t realize Wheeler was in a big tournament. It was only a brief interruption in Wheeler’s day, but it was an interruption.
Photo by Ryan Latinville