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Month: February 2015

Day 1 at the 2015 Geico Bassmaster Classic…a COLD day with Skeet Reese

I couldn’t believe what I was reading when I got the e-mail giving my pairings as a Media Marshall for the Classic…Day 1 with Skeet Reese! I was there in Greensboro, NC during the 1998 Bassmaster Classic. 1998 was Skeet’s first year making the Classic and he showed up on stage tanned, spiked blond hair, pretty much everything you might think of when the words “California bass fisherman” hit your ears. I remember they asked him to show a few moves on stage and he did…might have been the moonwalk or something like it…but it was smooth. We had a good laugh over those memories and thankfully he caught some fish. Otherwise I am sure that the words he spoke to me at Media Day would have been true, even without the brutally cold weather. Those words, after I excitedly told him I would be riding along with him, were “sucks to be you”…luckily it didn’t suck to be me on the coldest day in Bassmaster Classic history.

 

Skeet 1

It was a cold day my friends!

Skeet 2.1

Yes…heaters will melt a boat seat. Even Skeet was surprised.

Skeet 2

Probably one of the neatest things about the Classic is that families and friends are there to support them even from all the way across the country and on the coldest morning in Bassmaster Classic history.

Skeet 4.1

Getting the deck ready to fish with all those yellow rods.

Skeet 4

How many layers of clothes do you think this guy has on underneath the Geico suit?

Skeet 5

Remembering the men and women that make today possible.

Skeet 6

Right now (Van Halen)…our steering is frozen up.

Skeet 7

First cast…first fish of the 2015 Geico Bassmaster Classic.

Skeet 8

Showin’ it to the GoPro.

Skeet 9

Doin’ the ice dip. About every 3 casts, all day long, he had to clean the ice off of the rod guides. I spent most of the day getting snowed on…because the water froze on the line and then came off as ice particles as he reeled it in.

Skeet 10

After the first stop, Skeet stayed shallow the whole day hitting docks and brush piles.

Skeet 11

In addition to the icing problem on the rods and reels, the trolling motor started freezing up. Either it was frozen in the lock position or it wouldn’t lock down because of the layer of ice on the landing pad.

Skeet 12

Skeet and I were both sure that there would be a fish on this brush pile…but no bite.

Skeet 13

Biggest fish of the day on top…

Skeet 14

…lipped…

Skeet 15

…and the look of relief on Skeet’s face that it’s in the boat!

Skeet 16

That was my day with Skeet Reese who ended Day 1 in 2nd place with over 20 pounds.

2015 Bassmaster Classic practice with Andy Montgomery

I want to do a small post each day without giving away any trade secrets…so here are a few pictures from the practice day at the 2015 Bassmaster Classic while I was riding as a Marshal with Andy Montgomery. Andy’s from Blacksburg, I’m from Chester, we both grew up around cows, dogs, guns and fishing rods so it was no wonder we got along so good right from the start. I’ll post a lot more after the Classic is over. Hope you enjoy a little of a very cold day on Lake Hartwell.

Andy 1

“You want the boat or the truck”…nothing like jumping right into the action by backing Andy’s Z-9 down the ramp to Lake Hartwell. Think I’m going to enjoy being a Marshall at the coldest Classic ever!

Andy 2

Does Andy look cold yet? We were actually warm here but once that wind kicked up it got BRUTAL!

Andy 3

In search of the perfect glove…one you can fish and rig with but warm enough to take 24 degrees and 60 mph!

Andy 4

“…which way you going…I don’t know, where you heading…not sure yet…ok…” Good to see Ott Defoe today too.

Andy 5

Farm to Feet…100% American. That means the sheep, the wool and the labor all start and end right here in the USA.

Andy 6

and this is me trying to break the chill. Warm on the water, it wasn’t until after we pulled out and were stowing, then topping off the tanks that the wind really got to us.

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