What’s the one day that had the biggest positive impact on your career?
It was the third day of the 2003 Bassmaster Classic. I had serious issues in my personal life and in my professional life. Things were in a mess. I’d basically decided that I’d had enough and that I was going to quit professional fishing right after the Classic.
But when I won, everything turned around. Obviously, being a Bassmaster Classic champion changed my career. That’s a given. But it also put me in a positive frame of mind so that I could deal with, and resolve, my personal problems. The whole thing was a life saver.