From the Author
Phillips:Mainly because they're my friends, but they're also a group of themost-successful bass fishermen in the world. Kevin VanDam and Rick Clunn eachhave won four Bassmaster Classics. Larry Nixon has won just-about every majortournament in the nation. Mark Davis is the gentle giant of bass fishing. Notonly is he a winner, but he draws people to him. George Cochran winstournaments by fishing places no-other angler even will think about fishing.Shaw Grigsby is a steady competitor, in the money year after year, and heteaches thousands of people how to fish on his TV shows. Denny Brauer has provenyou can take one tactic and make a reputation out of it, but he's alsoextremely versatile and wins numbers of tournaments, even when he's notflipping and pitching. Mark Rose, a young gun, has won big money, is a provenprofessional on the FLW tournament trail and is a pro to watch. All these menknow how to win.
Question: Howdoes learning how these different people fish help me win a bass tournament?
Phillips:These pros have similar tactics, like carefully preparing their tackle before atournament. But each one of these pros also has a completely-different strengthor weakness. So, if you read the entire book and study what each pro is tellingyou, highlight the information that can help you and go back to read thathighlighted information 5-10 times for 5-10 days, you can learn that strategy,make it a part of your tournament routine and increase your odds for winning. Iknow, because I've seen it happen with the best of the best.
Question: Why doyou think this book is important?
Phillips:Everyone who goes bass fishing wants to know how to catch a bass, how to catchthe most bass and how to catch big bass. Once they're able to fulfill thesegoals, they begin to think about becoming professional bass fishermen. Usually,once an angler starts fishing in a club tournament, he begins to wonder, "Am Igood enough to be a pro, and travel the world fishing tournaments, doingpromotions for sponsors, teaching bass fishing, speaking at seminars and tradeshows and possibly having my own TV show?" Well, to go from being a beginningfisherman to a national professional bass fisherman requires one mainingredient: You have to know how to win a bass tournament. I learned long agothat the shortest distance from where you are to where you want to be is tolearn from someone who's already in the profession. Learn from the best, andyou can be the best.