The Daily Limit recently looked back at 2020, the year of the pandemic, as an awful one for humanity but awesome for the sport of fishing.
The delayed and revamped Bassmaster tournament schedule provided fantastic storylines with redemption, renewal, first-time winners and live major network television coverage that led to a historic deal with FOX Sports.
Sure, it seemed like a really long year, but it was chock-full of enthralling stuff. Following are the author’s favorite posts of 2020.
No. 10: Skill sets of bass pros
Let’s start with a look at the varied skills required to be a Bassmaster Elite Series pro. The idea came as the Bassmaster LIVE crew worked to entertain and inform a new audience for ESPN2. Tournament bass fishing is so much more complicated than dunking a worm on a hook.
Davy Hite was enlisted to illuminate on the topics, and he enjoyed discussing the many hats worn by a bass pro, from weatherman to race-boat driver to strategist and more. Only snippets of the interview were used, and Hite said there’s enough information to fill a book on the many skills of a pro angler.
No. 9: Yelas makes HOF
Jay Yelas had plenty to celebrate on his 55th birthday in September. The 2002 Classic champ and 2003 Angler of the Year was coming off a Top 10 at Lake St. Clair and had recently been announced as an inductee into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame.
Yelas said it was a great honor to be recognized for his life’s work, but much of his attention centers around his work as executive director of the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, which organizes fishing trips for special needs children. With a kind heart and always seeming to be enjoying a beautiful day in the neighborhood, Yelas seems a perfect fit for that rewarding work. He was just as pleased to be referred to as The Mr. Rogers of bass fishing.