John's Journal... Entry 91, Day 2
Brauer Discusses Success and Stress
EDITOR'S NOTE: Denny Brauer has won Angler of the Year on the B.A.S.S. Circuit, the 1998 B.A.S.S. Masters Classic, FLW Angler of the Year and just about every major fishing tournament in the nation. He's also the first fisherman to appear on the Wheaties Breakfast of Champions cereal box. This week we'll look at what has made Brauer so successful when bass fishing.
Was 1998 your biggest and best year?
I try to fish consistently every year. The lakes I fish, the weather conditions I fish in and the schedule I maintain -- all play a role in my effectiveness. Don't get me wrong: 1998 was a great year. Being on the Wheaties box and making two appearances on the "David Letterman Show" helped build my fishing career.
QUESTION: What creates that kind of winning streak?
As bass fishing grows as an industry, I think those who have been successful must give back to the industry by doing seminars, promotions and TV shows. Anglers have to work with the media and the general public. I believe I must do certain things to help this industry grow.
I'd be cheating my family, the sport that has allowed me to make a living and myself if I focused only on bass fishing. I want to do other things besides fishing. I want to hunt in the wintertime -- instead of staying on the water. Sometimes when I'm on a winning steak, I feel like the world, the public, the sponsors and the press are pushing me so hard I just want to escape. Often I may even hope I don't catch another fish because I don't need any more pressure. Then, a few minutes later I realize I've got to get my fanny in gear. Fishing is what I do and catching bass is what I'm all about.
TOMORROW: Brauer's Techniques for Taking Bass
Check back each day this week for more about Denny Brauer - Top Ranked Bass Angler ...
Day 1 -Brauer's Tips for