Bill and Matt’s excellent, 'workmanlike' season

“And we've been takin' care of business…”

Dateline: The St. Lawrence River

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Constant hard work leads to success, greatness will come.”
— Dwayne Johnson

My keys to success are simple, three “Cs”: consistency, confidence and courage.

Consistency comes first for a reason thanks to my love of music and The Rolling Stones and The Beatles vs. Question Mark and the Mysterians.

The Stones: 57 years on tour, 240 million albums sold worldwide, eight no. 1 hits, on Jagger’s 75th birthday a fossil stonefly was named after him — Petroperla mickjaggereri.

The Beatles: Ranked the no. 1 group of all time with 20 no. 1 hits, 600 million albums sold, 1.6-billion records sold, and their song “Yesterday” is the most covered song of all time.

Question Mark and The Mysterians: “96 Tears” is a cool song but formally classified as a “one hit wonder,” as are more than 500 musical groups/musicians who only once in their career cracked the top 20 with a hit single.

Granted any hit is special, but “Greatness” is rarified air. “Greatness” only comes through the long haul. “Greatness” is defined by consistency.

Be great year after year, play after play, you get membership in the Hall of Fame.

Be great once, you get membership in time to go to a new team.

“The secret of success is consistency of purpose.”
— Benjamin Disraeli

“…every day takin' care of business…”

Cards on the table, I’m good friends with Bill Lowen and Matt Herren. In fact Matt’s and my friendship began when he called me up and starting yelling at me over some story I wrote. I don’t remember what the story was about, but I know the story wasn’t about him because while he was chastising me I had to look him up in the B.A.S.S. media guide to see who was giving me grief.

We became friends during that “conversation” and have remained so for years talking on the phone (no yelling) both during and after the season.

So I’m biased with these two, there you go.

The other day I was looking at the 2019 Angler of the Year standings and look at what I saw…