The Bassmasters Classic is the biggest bass fishing tournament in the world. For 38 years the classic has only featured men, but this year that changed. Kim Bain-Moore made history competing against 49 men for the most coveted prize in bass fishing. For some reason this was a hard pill to swallow for many of her competitors and fans of the sport and that blows me away. Kim’s reflections on the event really put things into perspective.
- “Then there was the undercurrent of displeasure towards my situation from some of my fellow Classic competitors…which for a few of them turned into a personal vendetta.
Be careful what you wish for, hey. I wished to fish the Classic and that’s exactly what I got — boots and all. Thanks guys for making it real and not pretend. I’ve been to the Classic, and there was no special favourite sister or hold the door for the girl treatment. Yet out of the blue, friendliness, yes; some true greats of our sport who were competing at this Classic countered the negative vibes with their support and endorsements without the “although, but, what if.”
What makes things worse is the utter lack of online footage about this historic event. I found a few short, low quality video clips on various blogs, but the only serious interview I found is several months old. Not even YouTube had a decent video of Kim!
So whats the deal here, why would something like this possibly upset people?
Would any of you have a problem competing against a woman in a fishing tournament?