RE: Balog on youth – As a former youth and high school aass club director, I could not agree more ... but I see things have gone from zero to 90 very fast! The driving force behind the huge surge in high school and college are retail sellers of boats and tackle, and understandably so, but at what longterm cost to some of these kids? So many see it as a career path and it’s akin to becoming a pro poker player. But it’s sold a lot of boats to grandparents who spent more on that than the tuition it took to get them on the fishing team.
I just think a course in “bass professional economics” ought to be taught, too. There’s only so much room and cash flow at the top of pro bass fishing. Again, I get it! I love seeing these kids involved and coming in, I’ve lived it and still promote it. Let’s just tone down selling “the dream” unless we’re willing to teach hard knocks, too.