Was talking to a father of a kid on my son’s soccer team the other day, the only other diehard basser within miles, seems like. We’re talking about this year’s Classic, he asks me a question I get fairly often: Are the pros good guys or…?
Won’t give you my short + long answer here, but it’s just a beer away….
Okay, more like a couple beers.
No really – nearly all the bassin’ pros are good people. Or maybe they all are and just a couple have had their skirts in a twist about yours truly.
One who fits the good dude bill in spades is Jarrett Edwards. For sure a pro, though no longer a pro in the tournament sense…
…who doesn’t have a boat deal. Big deal? Well, bear the following in mind:
> In 1998 after high school began fishing the BASS Western Opens. Kid had it bad, man!
> In 2002 qualified for the Top 150. Competed for 3 years, into the inaugural 2006 Elite Series.
> Then the Big C hit. After surviving cancer in 2005, he promised his oncologist that he’d do a series of clinical trial scans to help out. Those scans fell over the BASS Wild Card dates in the latter part of 2006, and BASS wouldn’t let him back into the Elites. (Them’s the rules, but kinda harsh imo.)
> So plan B: He and his wife Rebecca launched Jarrett Edwards Outdoors on TV, the first national TV fishing show dedicated to western destinations – pretty smart!
> The show is entering its fifth year, airs for 52 weeks/yr on the World Fishing Network and the Sportsman Channel, and apparently ranks in the top 10% of field sport programming.
> The Edwards’ own/operate five of the largest traveling bass tanks in the country, and when not producing TV shows, the efforts (with sponsor logos) go there. Believe this is almost 100 days/yr.
> Last year (I think it was) they created Operation Outdoors USA to help pay it forward with the military. They drive their rig (truck/boat) to sporting events across the country (100+ days doing this alone). This helps out the Lone Survivor Foundation, and has been cathartic for a lot of servicemen (more deets here).
> If that’s not enough, Jarrett has 20+ articles published annually, hosts media retreats on Lake Powell and other stuff that all basically amounts to mega-exposure.
Why am I posting about this? Because if I had a boat company and the numbers made sense, this would be a no-brainer for me. Seriously.
Jarrett works hard, is a good guy and what he has is different than a standard tourney pro sponsorship. Not that the tourney pro sponsorship is bad, it’s just different.
So let’s see if one of the bassin’ boat companies out there (what are there, 3 now? 2?) can jump on this.
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