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Clark Reehm Q&A

Clark Reehm Q&A
Clark Reehm (illustration by Rachel Idzerda)


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What do you pride yourself on most as an angler?

My consistency. If you look at my finishes, I’m between 21st and 70th a whole lot. That means I’m cutting a lot of checks or I’m one mistake, missed fish or missed execution from getting paid.

 

That’s a very businesslike way of approaching things.

That’s because it’s a business. My wife asked me the other day if I’d rather win a tournament or cut a check in every event, contend for the Angler of the Year and make the championship. I told her win a tournament, but not just because I haven’t done that. It’d be because I’d make more money – $100,000 for winning versus $70,000 ($10,000 per tournament) – and I’d probably get more sponsors.

 

So does it bother you that you haven’t won a tournament yet?

Yes and no. Every guy is different. Some guys are hypercompetitive, and winning to them is winning a trophy. That’s what drives them.

For me, it’s a straight-up business. So cutting a $10,000 check is winning. I feel good, especially when I’ve scratched out a check when I had nothing.

 

Do you ever fish to win or just for checks?

I don’t do either.

 

Care to explain?

It took me a long time to realize you have to quit gambling. That’s not how you win. That rarely pans out. The guys who win tournaments stay steady and catch their fish. It seems simple, but it’s not.

 

I think I’m going to need a little more explanation.

At this level, you know whether you’re on fish to win or just “check fish.” With either, you don’t win or get a check unless you’re able to exploit those fish for all they’re worth.

Take last year. I’ve never been on winning fish so many times in a season as I was in 2017. But random things happen. You lose a key fish, or you don’t execute one day like you should. So you don’t win. So many things have to go right to win even when you’re on winning fish. I’ve been close, and it will happen. 

 

What’s it going to be like when you finally hold that trophy?

You see guys go crazy on stage, but I don’t think that will be me. It’s like when you’re fishing. You don’t get the adrenaline rush when you’re fighting the fish; it’s when you get the bite. So once I take the lead I’ll be excited, but if I’m already in the lead when they announce me the winner I’ll be quiet. Part of it will probably be that I can’t believe it. I’ll be speechless. 

 

That may be the first time you’ve been speechless in your life.

It may be. I’m a talker.   

 

Have you ever been speechless?

You’d have to ask my wife. I’m sure I have been when I’m getting scorched.

 

You’re even chatty on the water.

Oh, I love to cut up out on the water. I don’t do it to get in people’s heads. I just like to have a good time out there. 

That’s why you’ll see me wave camera boats closer or talking with people on their docks. We’re ambassadors for the sport. I want that kid on the end of the dock to enjoy the sport, and if me talking with him can do that then I will.

 

Do other pros like it?

Most do, but some guys don’t. I had one pro once tell me never to talk to him again out on the water. But I’ll always be honest with guys. All I ask is that they’re honest with me.

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