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Harold Allen and Chad Brauer

Click to enlargeEditor's Note: You're supposed 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 Click to enlargebefore 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.

Harold Allen: Fifty-nine-year-old Harold Allen of Shelbyville, Texas, has fished bass tournaments for 27 years and has earned more than $402,000 in BASS winnings. Allen can remember plenty of bad days of fishing. "I was fishing the American Anglers Circuit tournament on Lake Livingston in Texas in the late 1970s," Allen recalls. "Although 150 contestants were in the tournament, the weather and the Click to enlargefishing were so bad that only five anglers reported catching a bass, none of which were big enough to measure. Then on the last day of the tournament, I did have a bass bite on a jig, but it escaped. Since the fishing was so bad that not a single fish was weighed in, the tournament promoter drew names out of a hat and awarded the trophies and money based on whose names were drawn out of the hat first. I never had seen or heard of any tournament being that bad before or since."

Chad Brauer: Twenty-nine-year-old Chad Brauer from Osage Beach, Missouri, has fished professionally for six years, and has total BASS winnings of $245,375. "When you fish in a tournament, you only have Click to enlargethree or four days in which to earn a paycheck, so every day counts," Brauer states. "Regardless of how you feel, how bad the weather is, or whether or not you want to fish, you have to go out and give it your best effort. Being sick isn't an excuse you can take home to your family instead of a paycheck. My most-miserable day of bass fishing took place on a cold, windy day on Pickwick Lake in northwest Alabama. I had the flu and had spent most of the day throwing up on one side of the boat and going to the bathroom on the other side. I'd never been that sick in my life, but I still managed to catch four bass and finish in the money. I never want to go through a day like that again."


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

John's Journal


Entry 261, Day 1