KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – This Matt Robertson kid is a go-getter. And he’s no kid either.
Robertson, 32, is the Bassmaster Team Championship Classic Fish-Off winner. He went big on the Harris Chain to win and is living large at the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, his first.
At Tuesday’s registration, he promptly walked up and introduced himself to Davy Hite and myself, finishing by saying that he was going to win this Classic.
Moments before Justin Lucas gave his speech as 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year at Wednesday’s Night of Champions, Robertson drew eyes when he arrived in his stylish attire with wife, Kassie.
He said his coat was made of “Siberian mountain goat,” and he donned a beaver pelt lid and sunglasses to bring some swag to the shindig. Kid Rock, eat your heart out – resembles him a bit, don’t he? (Gerald Swindle was also somewhat fashion forward in pink Chuck Taylor shoes and pink vest and tie.)
Robertson, who busted 31 pounds, 15 ounces to win the Classic Fish-Off last December, spoke as boldly as he dressed.
“You know what they say, buddy, country boy from Kentucky, hey, I’ve got to dress to impress. First class while cash lasts.”
OK, Matt, how is your fishing going here on the Tennessee River?
“Pretty good, actually.”
What weight do you think it will take to win?
“I hope whatever I catch, buddy.”