Loughran on trial

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Elite Series anglers Ed Loughran on Lake Fork in Texas.

“Balls roll funny for everybody, kiddo.” Fast Eddie Felson, "The Color of Money"

You may or may not know this about Elite Series rookie Ed Loughran, but he’s a trial lawyer in his “spare time.” He raced out of court last week to make practice on Lake Fork.

He knows, however, bass fishing — just like pool — has its ups and downs, but if you’re serious about it you can’t give up. Ever.

Of course, there’s more to it than that. That advice from the 1986 drama holds true for about anything in life worth pursuing — especially competing on the top trail in professional bass fishing.

Loughran works in civil litigation around collections with banks, dentists, tenants, etc. A career he didn’t originally intend on pursuing, but life presented people and opportunity, and he took advantage. After an early run at becoming a pro angler, he felt it would be prudent to be financially stable first.

And that’s what he did. Now he pays the bills with that career, which allows him to fish with a lower level of stress than perhaps the guy who depends on winnings tournament to tournament.

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