Beam me up, Scotty

Gerry Jooste of Harare, Zimbabwe broke bread with some heavy hitters. (Mike Suchan photo)


Gerry Jooste of Zimbabwe sat at the big hitters table, eating his Media Day lunch next to Kevin VanDam and Edwin Evers.


“Trying to get some tips,” the B.A.S.S. Nation angler said.


Fishing pointers were few, but KVD offered some travel advice. In Jooste’s 34-hour “doorstep to Springfield” trek, where he picked up his boat at Bass Pro Shops, he said he endured a sleepless 17-hour flight. He wished there was something to instantly transport him, like Star Trek's Beam me up, Scotty.


“Five or six bottles of vodka,” KVD qupped, continuing that he has no trouble sleeping on the many flights he takes. “I can be asleep before we even take off.”


Evers reported he enjoys the same snoozing ability. “I’ve had to have the flight attendant wake me up.”


Jooste isn’t so lucky, but he feels fortunate to be fishing his fifth Classic, which he said has become less complicated, despite the long travel and $2,200 plane ticket.


“It’s still exciting. The show gets bigger every time,” he said.

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