Man’s best friend


Carl Jocumsen running down the lake with his loyal bass'n dog 'Roo.'

Like many of you, a good number of Bassmaster Elite Series anglers are dog lovers. No matter if they’re big, small, fluffy or shorthaired, canines hold a special place in the hearts of some of the tour’s most notable competitors.

Mark Menendez, Steve Kennedy, Carl Jocumsen, Koby Krieger — these and many others make dogs a part of their everyday lives. Some choose to travel with their “best friends,” others leave them with loved ones at home. Either way, the bond is strong between these owners and their four-legged companions.                   

Hounds on tour

Perhaps the most memorable dog on tour was a yellow Labrador Retriever named “Barkley.” He belonged to longtime pro Mark Menendez, and the two were nearly inseparable.