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Senior Tournament Manager, College and High School
I had two moments that stood out to me. First was the High School Southern Open with 347 teams competing in it. That's the largest field to ever fish in a Bassmaster event and such an encouraging thing to see all those young anglers out there. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention watching Jordan Lee win the Classic after watching him cut his teeth on the Carhartt College Series.
Well, sir, I have several top moments from the season. I could go all selfish and say that me the internal Bassmaster office Fantasy Fishing league is no. 1 – which it is; I’m awesome at that and should have a column on Bassmaster.com). Others would be Dave Mercer riding the DICK’S Sporting Goods Rodeo Bass at Texas Fest, or Skeet Reese slaying them Day 2 of Bassmaster LIVE coverage at Mille Lacs. But no. 1 without question is easy – Brandon Palaniuk winning AOY. An awesome angler and a legendary performance.