Caleb Kuphall fishes. He also fishes, eats and sleeps, plays a little softball, and fishes.
“It’s all been fishing for me. I haven’t really known much else,” said Kuphall, who scored a wire-to-wire win in the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, May 20-23.
Just days after turning 38, the second-year Elite angler had a dream week in solving the legendary fishery in transition. Behind the event’s big bag of 27 pounds, 10 ounces on Day 1, Kuphall went on to total 85-14 and win by the second-largest margin in Elite history.
“I did not see that coming,” he said. “You might as well win big. I’d rather be in second or third and come from behind, but if you’re going to lead, you want a cushion. You don’t want to blow it on that last day.”
That was his worry after weighing the event’s second biggest bag of 23-9 on Day 3 and sleeping, or not, on an 11-8 lead. Kuphall sure didn’t want to be known for failing on Championship Sunday. He won’t be.
Kuphall started slow on the final day but culled to 19-1 — the third time he had the day’s top bag in the event — and finished with a 17-14 margin over Wes Logan, the only other angler to top 20 pounds on two days. Kuphall now has two titles in 21 B.A.S.S. entries.
“It’s just incredible. It gives me just a ton of recognition,” Kuphall said. “All the texts and emails, people contacting me on social media, all the followers I’ve gained. It just totally inflates what I’m doing.”
That would be fishing.