Summer Fishing Adventure: The Ultimate Road Warrior

Photo by Tom Fowlks

The most epic road trip? Life on the pro bass tour. FLW and B.A.S.S. vet Jason Christie spoke to us about life on the road—from the road:

The season starts in February and goes to September or October. I don’t have an event every single week, but my schedule is very busy. Last year I drove 40,000 miles.

If it’s a really long drive, I’ll have someone in the truck to help, but usually I’m alone—which means lots of country music and hands-free phone time. I’ll start at the top of my contact list and go all the way down. I try to stay in houses over motels. It’s nice to cook and have your own room and to be in a place that feels like a home. I also try to stay away from fast food.

I enjoy my job, but it’s hard to be away from my wife and kids. I have three young girls, and they’re active in everything. Pictures and videos don’t put Daddy at the game or spelling bee. My wife does a great job while I’m gone. As hard as my job is, she does twice the work.

Just thinking about coming home after a long stretch gives me goose bumps. When I pull into the garage, the pressure falls off my shoulders. I’ll go inside and sit down, and the girls will surround me. No matter if I finish first or 100th, they don’t care. They’re just glad I’m home.