The Life of a Fisherman

Bass Fishing!!!! When you’re hooked, you’re hooked for life. If you don’t believe me, just ask that fisherman who is pulling a $20,000 bass boat with a $200 pickup truck. How about the guy that has been waiting all year for a tax refund check so he can make tracks to the nearest Bass Pro Shop? They can tell you just how hooked one can get.

Let’s take a minute and look at the normal bass fisherman (if there is such a thing). He has at least six complete rod and reel combos, two tackle boxes, every lure ever made, at least two pair of polarized sunglasses, one bass boat, one truck to haul everything with, and one honey hole he calls his own. He speaks in a strange tongue unknown to non-fishermen, using such words as largemouth, smallmouth, spot, Kentucky, lunker, wall hanger and Hawg. He spends way too much time walking though the sporting goods section of department stores. He is always hunting for that one special lure that will attract every bass within 5 square miles. He will notice every truck, car or van driving down the road with a B.A.S.S. sticker in the rear window, and he will wonder if the person driving is heading out to their favor body of water.

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I am that person. I have been fishing all my life and fishing strictly for bass for the past 30 years. During this time I have fished the southern most regions of Texas to the northern parts of New York, with a few special trips to England, Spain and Japan. Yes, the black bass can be found just about everywhere in the world, and the fisherman I described
can be found there, also.

I met one of my best fishing buddies while standing outside a movie theater in London, England when I noticed him wearing a Ranger Bass boat jacket. That was all it took for me to walk right up to him and start talking bass fishing as if we had known each other all of our lives. We still get together for a couple of weeks each year for a special trip to a lake somewhere within the United States — just to fish for bass. Our last trip together was to Lake Fork in Texas — and what a trip it was — fish after fish after fish! We share information that we’ve collected over the past year about new equipment, lures, lakes and fishing techniques. We also have to tell each other about the trips we’d taken and about the ones that got away. We always keep in mind that all fishermen were born storytellers and stretching the truth is just a small part of who we are. Now don’t get me wrong — most fishermen are very trustworthy people, and I would trust most of them with everything I have — except with my wife and my fishing equipment, of course!

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