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What a difference 31 years make! Back in 1984, when this photo from the Bassmaster Classic
was taken on the winner’s podium, two
future presidents took second billing to
winning angler Rick Clunn, who gave an
impassioned speech about his then sick
father and uttered an oft-quoted line in
Bassmaster lore: “Only in America can
we follow our dream of chasing little
Three decades later, the photo is more
interesting for the fact that it was likely
the first ever where George Bush, Sr. and
Bill Clinton shared the same stage, in this
case at the Pine Bluff Convention Center
in Arkansas. It’s hopefully the only one
where they sport ‘80s trucker hats. Like
most classic photos, this one also boasts
a backstory, as remembered by writer Joe
Mosby, the former Outdoors Editor of the
Arkansas Gazette. During his 30-year ten-
ure there, Mosby covered 26 Bassmaster
Classics from 1974 to 1999.
Though it’s not quite clear how then
Vice President Bush came to be at the
Sebring race on his first attempt.
Throw his broadcasting work with NBC
and a hectic family life with two small boys
into the mix, and boating had to take some-
thing of a backseat for a time. Until two sum-
mers ago, that is, when his then 10-year-old
son Jaxon was enrolled in sailing camp. “He
loved it, and I found myself lingering longer
and longer after drop-off in the mornings,
wandering around thinking to myself, ‘Boy,
that sure would be nice ...’”
Eight months later, the family became
the proud owners of a Beneteau Barracuda,
which they regularly take up and down the
California coast or over to Catalina. “It’s the
perfect boat for us because it has an enclosed
pilothouse and we can spend the night, if we
want,” he says. “I throw my mountain bike
on it and go over to Catalina to bike.”
will. My wife and kids are into it. I think
it’s fair to say I love boating the most. The
kids have fun, and luckily this is the first
vehicular indulgence that my wife actually
enjoys. She vastly prefers this to the back of a
superbike or jumping on an off-road truck.”
— ANN DERMODY