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If you had a mentor in the sport of bass fishing who could teach you what you most wanted to learn, what would it be? The nuances of a specific technique or an approach to the mental game that would help you weather the sport’s inevitable highs and lows? The will to win and to fish hard – those are the two most important things Scott Martin has gleaned from his father. “My dad is almost 70 and will still fish seven days a week. I call him ‘The Machine.’ It was always hardcore with him. We’d get up before first light and he’d fish hard all day without eating.” Al Lindner feels the main lesson he’s passed down to Troy concerns the mental game of bass fishing: “It’s a Mike Iaconelli cliché – ‘Don’t ever quit.’ When you have a bad tournament, find the positive in there. Ask yourself, ‘What did I do wrong? What did they do right?’ “The whole thing at that level is get- ting control of your mind and finding posi- tives on tough days,” Al continues. “Don’t use the blaming. Is it true that someone could beat you to your spot on the second day? The rules say they can do this, they got there, don’t use the blame game. It’s a reality. In this game, you better be able to adjust and go find fish.” Richard Dobyns notes a theme simi- lar to Lindner’s: “The one thing that I pride myself on is, don’t get discouraged. If you had a bad morning, if it’s 12 o’clock and you don’t have a fish in the livewell, don’t say, ‘Screw it, I’m going home.’ You can go from zero to hero in a matter of seconds. You’re one cast away from turning your day around. I’d say the best thing I’ve learned from him is to stay positive. Fish aggres- sive and fish to win.” Gary Dobyns, who added to his leg- end as one of the West’s best anglers of all time by winning the 2009 U.S. Open at Lake Mead, is proud that his son approach- es the game with the right attitude. “He’s a good sportsman. I’ve never heard that he’s cut anyone off or encroached on someone. Several older anglers that have drawn him in pro-ams have told me afterwards, ‘You should be proud of that young man.’” Few tournament anglers have been more successful than Denny Brauer. He’s earned over $2.3 million on the BASS trail and appeared in 19 Classics. His thirty- seven year old son, Chad, has won over $400K as a pro, fished three Classics, and until this year, hosted his own fish- ing show. What Denny takes the most satisfaction in, though, is something very

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simple – the love of fishing that he, Chad and now Chad’s son, Colby, share. “We all get together and go to Mexico. We’ve done that several times, just fun fishing.” The el- der Brauer is particularly pleased that the stresses of competition haven’t diminished

his son’s enjoyment of the sport. “It’s not a job to him. It truly is a passion. I think passing that passion down, not only to him but also the grandson, says a lot about just how enjoyable the sport of bass fishing re- ally is.” Bw

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