Day on the lake with Don Wirth

A couple of months ago, I got a call from B.A.S.S. Senior Writer Don Wirth asking if I would like to participate in another Day on the Lake challenge, Bassmaster Magazine’s most popular feature. Of course, I said yes. Who wouldn’t?

There’s a reason his series is so popular; it challenges any would-be takers to find and catch bass on a completely unfamiliar body of water within a seven-hour time constraint. And your best five fish determine how you performed in the challenge. That is, of course, if you’re able to catch five.

As many of you know, numerous top-level pros have struggled in the series. Whether it was due to harsh conditions or finicky fish, some of the biggest names in the sport were humbled during their Day on the Lake.

A senior moment

Don Wirth has been a contributor to Bassmaster Magazine for 50 years. Think about that … 50 years. In that time, he’s worked with three different editors — including Bob Cobb, Dave Precht and now James Hall.