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I love this part of it all, this United Nation of Bass Fishing thing, to be honest I don’t know what nation the first two flags are for, I recognize England, but a quick story: On registration night I stood in line, gave out hats and shook the hands of all the competitors, at one point we had a bit of a traffic jam at the table I was at. In front of me stood anglers all in a line beginning with Mexico then South Africa followed by Ohio, Portugal, Maine, Italy … and Jersey. I’ve been at international events with competitors from all over the place, nothing like what happened at registration ever happened to me at any event before. As they all tried to communicate with each other I just stood there and smiled (had Jon been there with me I know he would have started crying).
Photo: Don Barone / Words: Don Barone