The Valpo Core Reader


Nathan Hayward

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Freshman Seminar Essay

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Bass fishing is easily one of the most challenging forms of outdoor recreation available. Attempts to catch largemouth bass can range from frustrating to downright impossible. To the beginning angler success often depends more on luck than on skill. But to the professional bass fisherman success has little to do with luck. The skills of these bassmasters are put to the test in tournaments with cash prizes nearing $500,000. As bass fishing has matured as a professional sport, so has the competition. Only the most skilled anglers succeed in competitive bass fishing. In the past two years Kevin VanDam has dominated this competition like no other.