Hi everyone! My name is Roger, and I’m a confirmed “BassHole.” Yup, I belonged to a fishing club in San Francisco (years ago!) called the BassHoles! In 1999 I moved back to Vermont, and then later moved to New Hampshire with Brenda, My Internet Bride.
I’ve been fishing since I built my own rod (out of a discarded bamboo rod and cup holder hooks for guides), equipped with a reel my brother had thrown in the trash. I was about 10 years old.
For the next five decades, I fished sometimes and didn’t other times, but now I fish every opportunity I have. Though I don’t exclusively fish for bass, or even fish with spinning gear (I’m also a fly fisherman, and worked for Orvis in San Francisco “in my spare time”), the vast majority of my fishing IS for bass on spinning gear.
I don’t have a boat (maybe someday?), but use a great floatation device called a Hobie Float Cat (unhappily no longer made). I am looking to upgrade to a Hobie Mirage one day, or even a BassPro Tracker boat, but for now, I’m just a floater.
In June of 2015, I slipped on a river bank and tore my patella tendon. I crawled for an hour on my hands and knee (the left one wouldn’t move!) across sharp rocks to get near my car, and was finally helped by a young man who backed my car down the rest of the way, helped orient me to the door, and I hauled myself in. I drove myself to the emergency room, and within a couple of weeks had reconstructive surgery.
That ended my fishing adventures for 2015!
Unable to fish, I joined some fishing organizations, started reading magazines, searched Google for fishing tips, watched bass tournaments on TV, and generally started deepening my education on bass fishing.
I learned so much that I decided I would share it with the world, and that’s what brought you here!
I love to fish, and I love to have fun! So I’ve decided to share how to have fun even when you’re not catching all the fish you think you should.
I’ll try to write 1 blog a week — sometimes more, sometimes less.
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I’d love to hear your fishing stories, tips, advice, pros, cons, and so forth.
Enjoy the site and share your wisdom!
Roger, The Smiling BassHole
Founder of Catch-Big-Bass.com