UPCOMING EVENT: Walmart Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Okeechobee

Of Facebook and fishermen

JT Kenney

The writer's opinions and observations expressed here are his own, and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views, policies or positions of FLW. We live in a unique time in human history. Social media has brought people together like nothing else - ever. Can you imagine 50 years ago being able to trade hunting stories with Fred Bear? How about asking Ernest Hemingway about writing "The Old Man and the Sea," and what his inspiration for it was? It would have been pretty cool, huh? Well, guess what: Cool is here and now. I've often wondered what Jimmy Houston thought the first time he saw a spinnerbait. All I have to do is ask him through the wonders of the information superhighway and a little site called Facebook ... or Instagram or Tumblr or Twitter. Pick your poison. Point being, we can actually be friends with our heroes, and we don't have to be delusional to do it. You can ask Arnold Palmer his opinion of the perfect golf swing, or if the greens at Augusta really are as tricky as everyone says they are. Have you ever wanted to know what Ted Nugent means when he talks about the mystical flight of the arrow? Facebook, my friend. Just ask. Also, you can keep up with what your favorite fishermen are up to. You can see what they do when they aren't on stage at a major bass tournament or on the front deck of a boat casting for cash. See Brent Ehrler at Disneyland with his family or Jacob Wheeler catching little smallmouth in a creek he fished as a kid. How about Mark Rose putting a serious beatdown on a bucketful of crappie, or Chad Grigsby cooking his favorite Asian dish for his family? Or maybe even yours truly doing - well, heaven knows what, but it'll probably be worth a comment or two. Never has there been a time in history when we could be in touch with people the way we can be now. Just think about it. You're out at your favorite lake. You put your boat in and notice the water has dropped and that it's really cleared up since the last time you fished it. You know who would do well in a situation like this? Cody Meyer. Well, instead of sitting there muddling around and beginning to make up your excuses, Facebook him a message. It might not be right away, but he'll get back to you. Another example: It's Wednesday afternoon before your big derby on Saturday. Big storm's rolling in, and you know it's going to have the lake high and muddy for the weekend. You would really like to get some advice on high-water pitching and flipping. Who do you know that's good at that? No brainer: Jason Christie. Boom, Facebook. Jason's a busy guy, but I bet you get some advice from him. Fishing would be the easy part, though. I can see this getting carried away very easily. Before long I might be Facebooking my girlfriend, asking her why she is all the sudden irate with me? Probably I wouldn't get quite as straight of an answer as I would from David Dudley about rigging and fishing a wacky worm. Wonder if I can Facebook the traffic safety commission and ask to get the speed limit raised to 100 mph, but only for pro fisherman traveling to tournaments? Bet I get farther asking Dan Morehead about Kentucky Lake crankbaits. I guess social media isn't the cure-all for what ails mankind, but it sure is a way to get a lot of "friends." As my Dad used to say, isn't science grand? Check out my Facebook Page.

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Mom’s Fishing Lessons

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An Unexpected Gift

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How to Catch Big Fall Smallmouths

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Weekend Angler: Off the Water Practice

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The Good Ol' Days

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Frog fishing 101

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A Fisherman or Fisher of Men?

It was a series of ups, downs and way downs, though I ended my season with a nice check at the Potomac River. I thought squaring off against a prehistoric reptile in its own backyard was tough, but I have to tell you that fishing against these FLW guys was tougher than dealing with alligators back home. READ MORE »


Rhinos, Bass and Great White Sharks

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Getting Whipped by the Young Bucks

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SOAR Derby a Success

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Shifting Gears

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Do You Really Need So Much Stuff?

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Never Miss a Bass Again

Do you ever listen at the weigh-in at how many guys talk about all the fish they missed? I can’t accept that it’s part of the job at hand. It’s one of my pet peeves. Most of us would do much better if we would just ask the simple question “why?” In prefishing we have already done most of the hard work. During the tournament, a missed fish can’t be accepted. I consider it a good tournament when I come back to the ramp with no missed fish, regardless of my finish. How does that happen? It starts way before the tournament. READ MORE »


A Bass is a Bass, But Not Always

Amigos, as you may remember, we left the past blog with a big question mark on the well-known saying, “A bass is a bass, no matter what.” Well, it’s time to give you a different point of view. A lot of you, while reading these lines, might start questioning my ideas. READ MORE »


From Kayak to Bass Boat

Like many anglers, I am a fanatic about my equipment for the things I do. For example, I’m a four-time world champion whitewater kayaker and have won three of them in a boat of my design. I started Jackson Kayak to take kayak design to the next level and to do things that the bigger company I was working for wasn’t willing to do. I am also a long-time bass fisherman, which led me to fishing 2015 Walmart FLW Tour as a co-angler. READ MORE »


More Than a Fisherman

The competitive fishing world is a small one, and when narrowed down to the competitive bass fishing world, it is even smaller in the grand scheme of things. This, of course, isn’t to say that this small group doesn’t have an absolutely huge impact. It does. READ MORE »


The "No Excuse" Guide

Chatter can be dock talk, personal abusive talk, hater talk, fan talk and everything in between. The list goes on. I truly believe tournament fishing is all a mental game. I feel that the most successful anglers know how to tune it all out and fish in the zone. It is crucial to know how to tune out all the chatter and shut up and fish. READ MORE »