Hite recalls pluff mud career-changer

Instead of competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at Winyah Bay recently in his home state of South Carolina, Davy Hite was in Little Rock, Ark., working as a commentator on the Bassmaster LIVE video production team. 

It marked the completed cycle of a career change, the seed of which was planted in the pluff mud off the Carolina coast three years ago. When the two-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year and Bassmaster Classic champion plowed his boat into the pluff mud on his way to the Day 2 check-in on April 8, 2016, it appeared to be a disaster. It would prove to be a blessing.

Hite had been told about a shortcut to his fishing destination that day at Winyah Bay. It was smooth sailing on the way down; not so much at a lower tide on the way back. If you’re not familiar with the “Carolina quicksand” known as pluff mud, it’s a silty ooze of decaying plant and animal life, grayish brown in color, with a distinctive smell. Step off into the pluff, and you can go poof, but more likely sink up to your knees or hips. High tide is the only remedy for a bass boat banked in the pluff.