Elite Man Caves Elite Man Cave: Buddy Gross Posted on August 23, 2021 Photo: Craig Lamb - "I parked in the driveway at what I thought was the man cave for Buddy Gross. After inquiring if the house next door was their residence, I got this reply from him. âNo, thatâs our neighbor. We live in here, too.â Photo: Craig Lamb - What began as a 40 x 60 metal barn for boat and tackle storage grew to a three-bedroom house, with two full bathrooms, a kitchen and living room. Here is the front door to the living space. Photo: Craig Lamb - Before moving here, Gross stored tackle in two rental storage units and kept his boat at their house. âNone of it could fit in the same place.â Now everything fits under the same roof of the two-floor building. Photo: Craig Lamb - âWe kept adding things that made sense.â Located outside the living room and kitchen is a porch with everything needed to enjoy backyard fun, cooking, eating â¦ and something else. Photo: Craig Lamb - âI wanted a lure test tank and my wife (LeAnn) wanted a swimming pool.â After deciding against building a house, they met in the middle, and added in the pool. âNow, we have both, the swimming pool and my lure test tank.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Just inside the front door â and connected to the man cave â is this spacious living room and kitchen. Downstairs is a master bedroom and bathroom. Upstairs are two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. Photo: Craig Lamb - The door beside the staircase leads to the Man Cave. Letâs take a tour, narrated by Gross. Photo: Craig Lamb - âThe shop space is 30 x 40. Thereâs a work space behind the boat and thereâs a floor drain for my boat. I like collecting old metal signs and those are all over the walls.â The centerpiece of the cave is the 2021 Bullet 21XRS. Photo: Craig Lamb - âI spend most of my time in here.â And why not? Thereâs even an easy chair and TV on the wall for watching Bassmaster LIVE reruns. Behind the tackle wall is another room containing more tackle and everything you normally store in a garage. Photo: Craig Lamb - âThe prints came as a smallmouth set by Al Agnew, and Iâve had them for over 25 years.â Photo: Craig Lamb - ... Photo: Craig Lamb - Agnew is a renowned wildlife artist â and avid angler â from the Missouri Ozarks, where he gained firsthand experience fishing for smallmouth in the streams and rivers of the area. Photo: Craig Lamb - Gross has a keen eye for old memorabilia, and itâs obvious throughout the man cave. He found this part of an old wood duck box while rummaging through a roadside antique store. Photo: Craig Lamb - Everything else on the walls was acquired during his travels over the years. Gross finds the collectibles at roadside antique shops, flea markets and elsewhere. Photo: Craig Lamb - âWe like to stop at antique shops and find treasures like those.â Photo: Craig Lamb - âAll three of the deer came from south Georgia. The one on the left was the last deer harvested by my dad before he passed away.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Gross was in the middle of preparing his new boat and tackle for the 2021 Bassmaster Elite season. This rolling rod rack is ideal for the job, as it allows him to move the rods around to the boat, or elsewhere in the shop. Photo: Craig Lamb - This multi-functional space is used for hanging outerwear and boots, including the riding boots worn by his barrel-racing daughter. Photo: Craig Lamb - âThe shelf is also a temporary trophy case. I hope to soon have a good reason for a more glamorous place for them.â The door leads to the living space. Photo: Craig Lamb - Gross recalls a true fish story from his Bassmaster Elite Series win in June 2020 on Lake Eufaula. âI caught most of my fish on that jig and lost it on the last day of the tournament. I got a message from a man that was out dragging the brushpiles he put out, and it happened to be where I fished, and that jig was stuck in it. He sent it back and here it is.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Gross lives near the site of the Battle of Chickamauga, a major battle of the Civil War. âThere is a lot of history around here. Across the road from the house was a Confederate calvary camp, where I did a lot of metal detecting over the years. I live less than 15 minutes from Chickamauga Battlefield. Iâve always been intrigued with the history around here.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Gross likes to collect antique motors, but even more so, vintage motor stands. âI found this one in an antique store near Lake George, New York, when we were up there for the Elite on Lake Champlain. It was only $35.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Just about everything in the room has a story to tell. Gross cut down this tree on a friendâs farm during construction of the house and shop. âI just wanted to bring some character, by adding some deer antlers and old signs on it.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Another rare find acquired at a flea market is this sign. Photo: Craig Lamb - Every man cave has a recliner and this one is no different. But Gross does more than kick back and watch TV in this chair. Photo: Craig Lamb - Beside the chair is a Lithium Pros battery and Lowrance unit and receiver. âI work on waypoint management while Iâm watching reruns of Bassmaster LIVE.â Gross unmounts a unit from the boat, brings it here, hooks it up and goes to work. Photo: Craig Lamb - On this wall hangs a mx of new and old, including a highly prized lineup of Lucky Craft BDS crankbaits, and a selection of prized and rare Xcalibur baits. âThose are all gold to me, so I keep them hanging high so everyone canât get to them so easily,â he said with a laugh. âI just like throwing baits that are in rare supply.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Gross' love for vintage marine collectibles includes outboard motor oil cans and containers. These are lined up on the upper shelves. The finds came from antique shops as well. Photo: Craig Lamb - All of these spools of P-Line will soon be empty. His supply of line for the season is here. Photo: Craig Lamb - The line will be spooled on these Daiwa reels used by Gross in the tournaments. Photo: Craig Lamb - Like his peers on the trail, Gross feels the need to keep glide baits ready for action. Some of his lineup hang here. Photo: Craig Lamb - âHere is more Lucky Craft. I found these the other day. They are the LVR lipless baits in some of the rare colors.â Photo: Craig Lamb - These boxes will soon be reorganized, or replaced with new baits, and then go into the storage compartments of the Bullet. Gross maintains a rotation of specialty baits, adding them as needed for a given trip. Photo: Craig Lamb - Another shelf filled with vintage oil cans. Photo: Craig Lamb - And another. Photo: Craig Lamb - Every man cave has a TV, and this one plays a rerun of Bassmaster LIVE. Photo: Craig Lamb - Gross called this his pre-game checklist white board. He compiles a list of the rods, reels and baits that he needs for a given tournament, gathers them together, and loads everything into his boat or truck. Photo: Craig Lamb - Gross has his work desk located between the boat and the tackle shop. Lots of business gets done here, including phone calls and running the business side of his game. Photo: Craig Lamb - Above the desk are family tokens and items used to keep tackle and gear organized and ready for the road. Photo: Craig Lamb - âMy grandfather was a big fisherman, and he died before I was born, in 1970. This old Falls City Beer bucket belonged to him.â Photo: Craig Lamb - On another shelf is this vintage Lowrance Fish Lo-K-Tor, also known as the classic âGreen Box.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Nearby are stickers that are labeled with the pound test of line that will be applied to each Daiwa reel for easy identification. Photo: Craig Lamb - Upstairs is a loft. âWe have a lot of traveling anglers come through here. Thereâs a sofa bed and a place to hang out. Downstairs is a full bath, and itâs temperature controlled up there.â Photo: Craig Lamb - The spiral staircase was made by a childhood friend specializing in metalwork. Photo: Craig Lamb - You get a full view of the ground floor from the top of the stairs. Photo: Craig Lamb - âThis is the dearest gift that I have ever received after winning anything. So many memories.â The collage showcases work by the Bassmaster digital team of photographers, and captures his most memorable moments of winning the DeWalt Bassmaster Elite Series at Lake Eufaula. The framed art was created by Mickey Cox of McKinley Cox Design. Photo: Craig Lamb - A mini-Mercury memorabilia museum is upstairs, beginning with this vintage Kiekhaefer 6-gallon fuel tank. Gross found it at an outdoor sale in Alabama. Photo: Craig Lamb - Next is a Mercury Kiekhaefer cast iron motor stand, used back in the day for mounting outboard motors for repairs. The mounts are highly sought by collectors, Gross included. Photo: Craig Lamb - âThis one is really rare, most likely from the 1930s.â Photo: Craig Lamb - This old Mercury outboard came from an antique shop. Photo: Craig Lamb - Gross found this stand at a shop near Lake Seminole. It was outside, laying in the dirt. âI had to clean it off, and itâs just a cool piece. The owner has three, and I got two of them.â Photo: Craig Lamb - On the stand is a 1940s-era Kiekhaefer Mercury âSuper 5â outboard motor. Photo: Craig Lamb - At the opposite end of the room is the sleeper sofa and hang out area for guests. Photo: Craig Lamb - For his 40th birthday, Gross received a special give from his parents. Photo: Craig Lamb - Inside the boat-hulled shaped table is a special family heirloom. The centerpiece is his grandfatherâs tacklebox, and filled with lures used by him on Lake Chickamauga and elsewhere. Photo: Craig Lamb - The contents are priceless, with the tacklebox loaded as it would be for a day of fishing. Nothing was added for looks. All the baits were actually used by his grandfather. Photo: Craig Lamb - A package of Mannâs Jelly Worms, still in the package, with the photo of Tom Mann on the card. And another unopened package of Mister Twister Centipede Worms is nearby. Between them are vintage hard baits, including an Arbogast Hula Diver. Photo: Craig Lamb - Lures are artistically placed inside the table to bring back fond memories. Photo: Craig Lamb - The corner of the loft is the ideal place for relaxing, and even sleeping on the sleeper sofa. Photo: Craig Lamb - This is a separate room filled with more tackle and items youâd find inside a home garage. Photo: Craig Lamb - What stands out, though, is what Gross calls the âZoom Wall.â Photo: Craig Lamb - âIâm a big DeWalt fan and here are some of the other tools that I received from them for winning the Eufaula tournament, in which they were title sponsor.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Attached to the lid of the tool cabinet is a special photo. Photo: Craig Lamb - Itâs a photo of his dad, whom friends and family called âBoonie.â âHe was nicknamed after Daniel Boone, because he always liked being in the woods." Photo: Craig Lamb - The wall is filled with Zoom Baits of every size, type and color. Photo: Craig Lamb - âThey have always been good to me over the years.â Photo: Craig Lamb - The baits stay here until needed in the room next door, where they hit the road for the tournament trail. âI use every one of these baits.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Gross calls this âThe Owner Wall.â Photo: Craig Lamb - âIâm a big user of their products, and especially the swimbait rigs.â Photo: Craig Lamb - Tucked away in a corner are these special purpose boxes, including a container for Scottsboro Tackle Co. baits. And with that, the tour ends, and Gross returns to preparing for the season.