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April 25, 2015

A family of fishermen


As a Bassmaster Elite Series pro, I am fortunate enough to have the best job in the world. I am able to do what I love to make a living. Even if I wasn’t doing this for my occupation, I would be still fish as much as possible. It is something that was instilled in me from a young age as I grew up fishing with my family. The memories as a child fishing with my dad, grandpa and brother Jordan are what made me who I am today.

My dad was always the one who took me and my brother fishing when we were younger. Our family trips were going fishing where many other families would go to theme parks, sporting events or the beach. We watched Jerry Mckinnis on The Fishin’ Hole sometimes, and it seemed like Jerry was always fishing the Boundary Waters in Ely, Minn. He would be out there in his canoe catching one giant smallmouth after another. We always dreamed of one day making a trip to these waters.

Years later, when Jordan and I were in our teens, dad decided to take us on that trip up north. We drove for what seemed like days to get there and were a few hours from our destination when dad fell asleep at the wheel and totaled the truck. Since we packed so much gear and tackle for the trip, I was following them in another truck and saw the whole thing unfold. It was a frightening moment for all of us, but thankfully we were all safe. And miraculously our boat was unscathed. Jordan hurt his ankle in the accident, but we were so close we decided we couldn’t turn around. We hitched up the boat to the other truck and kept going. Jordan fished the first few days from the back of the boat on crutches and still out fished us all.

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