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ago when I first witnessed this pilation of this article occurred over a six-month period and spectacle I failed to appreciate culminated in the second annual Media Day event on Lake the message. I found it an odd Pardee hosted graciously by Jackson Rancheria over the 2009 way for a wildly famous, albeit reclusive and elusive mega- Super Bowl weekend. Mainly this is “my” story, but others rock band to behave. Especially when you consider how oth- definitely assisted in crystallizing and confirming my theories er lead singers absorb the spotlight, crave attention and revel on the topic. in their larger than life personas. In the mid 1970s when true Ultimately, I only want to shed light on some truths about stardom finally cemented itself as the sole spiritual pursuit fishing, bass fishing, tournament fishing and get us to think of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, he proclaimed himself the, a bit about why we do it, what it means to us, and whether “Golden God.” or not we can enhance upon the experience by changing our Yet, here was a new generation’s ultra-star pausing in thinking. the middle of a thundering rock show to perform this incred- Every one of us is born with a heavy weight that bur- ibly quiet, self-effusing, egoless hymn. What did it mean? dens our very existence and robs us of our happiness and joy. Now lets fast-forward to the sport we all love and why Some are naturally more enlightened and intuitively better we read this magazine. This author found himself increas- at recognizing this form of mental illness and moving past it ingly addicted and devoted to the pursuit of our little green when it rears its head. Others will never understand it and friends over the past 5 years. In a way, almost unbeknownst reject the suggestion that it hampers them. The ego is hardly to me, bass fishing grew from fun to exciting to enthralling something that is unique to bass fishing, but I think it is safe and eventually into a full-blown addiction that carried me to to say that it is even more infectiously prevalent here than in mental and physical places to which I plan to never return. many other aspects of life. The whole process forced me to think quite a bit about why I Ego’s multitude definitions reach deep into the bowels fish, what fishing had become to me and then compelled me of psychology but for purposes of this discussion the ego is to investigate why others do it. an individual’s sense of self-importance; conceit; elevated Please excuse my use of “my story” in this article. I’ve pride in oneself; and one’s view that they are separate from decided to include “me” because I think that my path is simi- and better in some way than other people or nature on the lar to many in this life-long journey. And whole. frankly, many of those who have It is the desire of one per- had an experience similar to son to “beat” another to make Ultimately, I only want to shed light on some mine simply don’t want their themselves feel better or to truths about fishing, bass fishing, tournament fishing and get us name tied to that story. put another down in order to think a bit about why we do it, what it means to us, and whether or not The research for and com- to comfort the self as being

we can enhance upon the experience by changing our thinking.

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