Monkey off his back

After getting "the monkey" off his back by winning his first Bassmaster tournament last year -- a Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open on Lake Toho, Fla. -- Gerald Swindle said he likes to keep the monkey in front of him. Hence the stuffed toy he straps to his boat's navigation light pole. Not only is it a reminder to be confident in his abilities, the monkey provides a way to vent his frustrations. "Yesterday, every time I'd get mad at myself, I'd drop-kick that monkey," Swindle said as he waited for the launch of Day 3 on Oneida Lake.


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