Every Elite Series tournament has its own flow and character. The things I tend to remember are the behind-the-scenes moments that most fans will never know about. Now that the dust has settled on the Berkley Bassmaster Elite at Kentucky Lake presented by Abu Garcia, here are my most memorable moments from the tournament:
1. Redneck ingenuity: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays the Bassmaster media crew from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” I’ve made an edit to the unofficial motto of the U.S. Postal Service to shed some light on my Elite coverage partner Steve Bowman. Day 2 of Kentucky Lake was a soggy mess, with heavy rain falling all morning. Bowman and I put on the Carhartt rain gear and went out in search of Bobby Lane. When we couldn’t find him, we opted to do a live feed with Marty Robinson for Bassmaster LIVE. We were testing a new piece of equipment that is able to stream video even when cell signals are poor. We worried about ruining the new equipment. But Bowman used some of his typical redneck ingenuity and wrapped both the camera and the streaming backpack in garbage bags (photo above) and then got about his business. And that’s typical for Bowman, he finds a way to get it done even when circumstances throw us a curveball.