River dreams


All photos Don Barone

“And even though I know the river is wide…”

Dateline: St. Johns River, Palatka, Fla.

“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”
- John Updike 

And so on this, the seventh day of February in the year 2019 the lifelong dreams of many of the new Elites have launched on the St. Johns River from the docks of Palatka, Fla.

I told several of them yesterday, take a moment and look around, drink it all in, the sunrise, the crowd, take a moment to smile, take a moment to realize that, yeah buddy, dreams do come true.

And then snap out of it and fish your ass off.

Welcome to the bigs!

My goal this season is to bring you even closer, bring you inside this sport and to have you see it through the eyes of those seeing it for the first time.

Drill down.

Drill deep.

All the while looking for, trying to figure out which of the new Elites will lift this sport to the next level and carry it on their backs, as did those who got us these last 50 years. 

This is going be cool, here we go.

“…I walk down every evening…”