BassWestUSA - January/February, 2010, Page 50

Basswest had a chance to talk to each of these young anglers (and their better-known dads) to get their perspec- tives on what it was like to be raised in the world of professional fishing and how it has influenced them as pros.

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Chad Brauer has photos of his father, Denny, taking him fishing when he was still in diapers. By the time he was 12 or 13, summers were spent with his dad on tour. “I’d go out there every practice day, no matter the weather.” Chad discovered that long hours and stingy bites didn’t cause him to lose concentration nor de- tract from his enjoyment of the sport. His father would offer some basic advice, but these were not fun-fishing clinics. “He al- ways told me this is how we were making our living and buying our groceries. If I was going on a practice day, I had to be doing something productive. You learn real quick that you don’t want to be getting hung up behind him and slowing him down.” Similarly, Richard Dobyns had a boy- hood fascination with the sport. “It was in my blood early and to spend a full day, it was no problem. It was daylight to dark. It didn’t matter how much it was raining or snowing or how cold it was. I have a lot of memories of begging him, telling him how sick I was on days that he was going fishing and I had to go to school. Those were days I got left at home and those were bad days.” Before he became a widely-known television personality, Roland Martin made a name for himself on the BASS tourna- ment trail. He holds the organization’s record for most career wins (19), most An- gler of the Year titles (9), and he appeared in 25 Classics. Martin also developed his own marina in Clewiston, Florida on the

shores of Lake Okeechobee. As would be expected, all of that activity made him a busy man. “I didn’t spend as much time fishing with my dad as everybody thinks,” comments Scott Martin. “We’d fish togeth- er eight or nine times a year. He was gone 200 days of the year.” Minnesota’s Al Lindner is widely con- sidered to be one of the best multi-species anglers of our time. A lesser-known fact about the co-founder of the In-Fisherman media empire is that he’s also a highly ac- complished bass fisherman. He fished the early BASS trail, winning two events and qualifying for three Classics. His thirty- three year old son, Troy, fished the lakes of Central Minnesota and Canada with his dad but is nevertheless a relative newcom- er to bass tournaments, especially those at the pro level. It was only in 2006 that Troy jumped into the game of competitive fishing. Hav- ing been around tournaments a good bit of his life, father Al knew the uphill battle his son was facing. He advised Troy that he’d be competing against seasoned an- glers who knew the intimate details of each body of water they’d be fishing. Ad- ditionally, he pointed out to his son that he’s still developing his presentation skills along with learning the systems and how the fish move seasonally within them. “I told him that it’s going to take a little while to compete against that. This is stuff you have to be ready for, because it’s real.”

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If your dad was one of the best bass fishermen on the planet, wouldn’t you want to copy every aspect of his game? For some of these second generation pros, that happened organically, largely from time on the water together. Others have


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