Angler of the Year three times and he’s won the Bassmaster Classic. “For 28 years I’ve been doing this. I’m not ready to retire. To make a living doing something I absolutely love. I’ve been blessed. When you get older you need to look for motivation. This younger generation, they look like gray squirrels running around the boat. That tends to motivate an old fool like me,” boasts Mark Davis a month ago.
Toledo Bend 4th place only six-pounds from first place. On Table Rock Davis came 2nd place a mere 13-ounces away from the winning spot, St. Johns River 3rd place, Lake Seminole 3rd place. Mark’s average stringer weight for each tournament has been 72-pound and some 14-ounces.
Davis is aware of what people say, he needs to know to keep that hungry vein in him. Where did the years go? Davis has felt the years of fishing, packing in a flurry; anger, hope, disappointment, hope, and despair. He’s still got the fishing dream on, and he hasn’t been hardened by wealth and fame.
Out of 400 TAOY points Davis has 392
According to Bassmaster no one has ever taken the title of Angler of the year over the age of fifty and Davis will be almost 51 when he finishes this year’s Elite season. Playing with intensity. Everyone coming up in pro fishing thinks they should be the next Kevin Van Dam, but there is only one Mark Davis.
For a competitive junkie, fishing is great because it smacks you in the face every time you think you’ve accomplished something. That takes a lot of energy, drive and stamina.
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