Nine-time Bassmaster money winner speaks March 14

We’ve seen them on the outdoor channels. Their pictures are in sporting magazines. Their rigs and clothing are covered in sponsor logos. They’ve become heroes to the fans of their sport.

If you guessed this was another story about NASCAR drivers, sorry, but you’re wrong. These guys may not be household names yet, but they are quickly gaining notoriety among sportsmen throughout the United States and Canada. I’m referring to professional bass fishermen, or anglers, as they like to be called.

They are making a living doing what most of us only dream of: collecting a paycheck for catching the big ones. These guys always seem to know where these trophy fish are hiding and what they’re biting on that day. I guess that’s why they are the professionals.

One such angler will be in Rockford this evening (Wednesday, March 14) to speak at the monthly meeting of the Rock Valley Angler Fishing Club. Professional bass angler Cary Bever will discuss drop shot techniques for catching bass.

Bever is a nine-time money winner for the FLW Outdoors and Bassmaster Tournament Trails. He is a top-five finisher in the Bassmaster Eastern Invitational. He also is an accomplished writer and fishing guide.

Bever’s multi-media presentation will provide attendees with the real inside information about bass fishing and a look at life on the bass tournament trail. According to club Public Relations Chairman David Johnson, “The last time he spoke to the club it was rated as one of the top presentations in the club’s 30-year history.”

Tonight’s meeting is in the banquet room of the Hoffman House Restaurant in the Holiday Inn at the corner of East State Street and North Bell School Road. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Event is free for Rock Valley Angler members, $5 for nonmembers.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

from the March 14-20, 2007, issue

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