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Editor's Note: You're suppose to have fun when you fish for bass. When you go bass fishing, you don't expect to find yourself chained to a wall in a medieval dungeon to learn how much torture you can endure. However, many anglers earn their living professionally fishing for bass. Their vocations and jobs mean they have to go to work when they don't want to, fish in bad, nasty weather and endure sickness, disaster and disappointment as parts of their jobs, although most of us think of bass fishing as recreation. You may think that you've had a bad day of fishing before or fished in a really-bad bass tournament. But once you read the experiences of some of America's best bass fishermen and learn what's happened to them on their worst days of fishing or during the worst tournaments they've ever fished, your bad day of bass fishing may not seem so bad.

Shaw Grigsby: Forty-seven-year-old Shaw Grigsby, Jr., of Gainesville, Florida, has earned over $1,250,000 on the BASS circuit. A 21-year veteran of the tournament trails, Grigsby has proved with his participation in 10 Bassmaster Classics that he can produce bass year after year. "I was fishing at Kentucky Lake, and I had a really good lead to win the Angler-of-the-Year title on the BASS circuit," Grigsby says. "The first day of the tournament, I didn't catch one fish. The second day of the tournament, I caught one or two keepers, and the third day, I didn't weigh in one fish. I fished too fast because I got behind and tried to play catch-up. However, there was a great bite going on, and plenty of anglers caught numbers of bass by fishing slow with a suspending jerkbait. That tournament was so heartbreaking because you only have a couple of chances in your whole professional-fishing career to win Angler of the Year, one of the most-prestigious, career-building accomplishments that any angler can achieve, and I totally blew it. Back then, 300 people competed in each tournament to try to win Angler of the Year, and I had my chance and blew it because I fished too fast and was too slow to pick up on the pattern that was producing the bass. I can't remember a day that was as bad as any one of those three days, and I can't remember a tournament that I performed in as poorly as I did that one. Those three days and that tournament were the most-miserable days of bass fishing I ever had."

Davy Hite: The 1999 Bassmaster Classic winner Davy Hite, of Prosperity, South Carolina, has earned close to $925,000 on the BASS tournament circuit. The 39-year old also has earned the Angler-of-the-Year title in 1997 and 2002. "Last year I was fishing in BASS's first Elite 50 Tournament on Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas," Hite mentions. "Throughout my professional career, I've never been more than one minute late to a weigh-in. But at this tournament, I was fishing in a backwater area where the water was really skinny. I got into the region without any trouble, and I caught some good bass. I'd allowed myself extra time to get back to the weigh-in, just in case I had any trouble getting out of this place. But on the way out, I ran aground. I got out of the boat and walked circles around the boat to try to find deeper water. I finally found deeper water, but it was 100-yards away. To get the boat out, my partner and I would go to the back of the boat, lift it up and push it. When we would push, the boat would only move about 6 inches. Then we'd go to the front of the boat and rock the boat back and forth to make a little hole under the boat where water could get between the hull and the mud. Next we'd move to the back of the boat again and push the boat another 6 inches. We spent two hours picking the boat up and pushing it to get it off the mud. By the time we arrived at the weigh-in, we were two hours late, and I was totally exhausted. I was so sore the next morning that I could hardly fish, but we didn't have a choice. If we hadn't pushed the boat out of the mud, we would have had to spend the night in the boat because we were so far away from the weigh-in that no one would have known where to look for us. I can't remember ever being more tired, more sore, more aggravated and more upset during a day of fishing."


Check back each day this week for more about MY WORST DAY OF BASS FISHING ...

Day 1 - Harold Allen and Chad Brauer
Day 2 - Worst Days of Fishing for Rick Clunn and Ken Cook
Day 3 - More Worst Days of Bass Fishing with Mark Davis
Day 4 - Worst Days of Bass Fishing for Paul Elias and David Fritts
Day 5 - Learn More about Pros' Worst Days of Bass Fishing

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Entry 261, Day 5