Since “Captain America: Civil War” hit movie theaters this past weekend, I thought I’d share the story behind the unique helmet I wear when running down the lake in my Skeeter FX20.
After seeing a lot of serious anglers wear masks, goggles and even motorcycle helmets to protect their eyes and face from cold wind, rain and insects, I thought it’d be wise and practical to have one too.
I decided to go with the motorcycle helmet. But I didn’t buy just any motorcycle helmet, I searched the web for a unique tie to my love of Iron Man, because those who know me best would probably tell you, that behind my faith, family, friends and bass fishing … is my love of Iron Man.
My fascination with fictional billionaire, ladies’ man, business leader and super smart engineer Tony Stark’s ability to transform into a superhero began when I was a kid thumbing through the pages of my uncle’s comic books, and I’ve been a fan ever since.
Now I’m not saying that he’s the perfect mentor, or a guy we should all emulate morally, but it would be pretty cool to have a reactor in your chest to produce self-renewing energy on those long drives home in the Tundra after a multi-day tournament.
To step up even Jarvis’ programming, I’d have built-in structure scan and side imaging sonar in my brain – how cool would that be? And, I’m also thinking Iron Man’s supreme business savvy could really come in handy to deliver great value to existing and future sponsors.
Lastly, I’m thinking I could use the jet boosters Iron Man has in his feet to propel myself off the front deck for a bird’s-eye view of the lake – man, that could seriously improve the efficiency of prefishing efforts.
I hope by now you’re grinning and not thinking I’m a total goof. I’m not – I’m just a Carhartt College Bassmaster angler that happened to develop a love of Iron Man as a kid. I thought it’d be cool to have a helmet showcasing that passion while keeping my ears, face and eyes warm and protected when I’m running down the lake.
I’d love to hear your feedback if you went to the theater to see Iron Man 4 this past weekend.
And if you see Iron Man boating around on Lake Minnetonka, Pools 4 and 5 on the Mississippi River or the Arkansas River during the next few weeks – don’t freak out – it’s just a crazy college kid from the University of Minnesota that really loves to catch bass and Iron Man too.