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Catch It


by bryan wendell photogr a phs by w. garth dowl ing


FISHING’S BACK, AND THERE’S MORE ON THE LINE THAN YOU THINK. WE TALKED WITH PROFESSIONAL BASS FISHERMAN TOM REDINGTON, WHO RECENTLY SIGNED A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BSA TO HELP TIE FISHING TO SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH.


SCOUTING: Wait, you actually get paid to fish. Do you have to pinch your- self sometimes?


TOM REDINGTON: Yeah. It’s an abso- lute dream job for someone who loves to fish. But if you don’t like to fish all day every day out in the cold, rain, heat, it’s brutal.


SCOUTING: How’d you get hooked on fishing?


T.R.: It’s kind of interesting because none of my family fished. None of my friends fished. A friend of the family showed us how to fish—the basics—and I kinda took to it. One day this guy comes wading down


If You Can


It happens almost daily now. People come up to Tom Redington at gas stations and restaurants to ask for a picture. But the profes-


sional bass fisherman and host of Big Bass Battle (9:30 p.m. ET Fridays on the World Fishing Network; check local listings) says these strangers aren’t really interested in a photo with the TV star. They’ve seen the boat he’s towing, a $70,000, fully loaded beauty that stands out because it’s covered bow to stern with Boy Scouts of America logos. But the boat and matching jersey are more than eye candy. They represent Tom’s new partnership with the BSA, announced earlier this year. And like any good fisherman, Tom is thinking big. But first, we’ve gotta ask …


and he’s throwing these plastic worms and he hooks into this fish and it’s jumping all over the place. And we say, “What is that, what is that?” He says, “It’s a smallmouth bass.” My brother and I looked at each other, and as soon as we saw that fish jumping and pulling, we said, “Wow!” We were hooked.


SCOUTING: Then what led to fishing as a career?


T.R.: I taught myself through maga- zines and watching TV shows. It’s one of those things that just clicked. By the time I was in college, I knew that I wanted a fishing career.


MAY•JUNE 2013 ¿ S COUTING 31


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