Rick the intern again. Joe’s away and he’s reluctantly left me his blog. If you’ve never been an intern, allow me to share a definitive aspect of the experience: its highs and lows. There are some tedious tasks, but you also get to do some pretty cool stuff, especially at a place like Field & Stream.
For example: Last Friday I was sent home with a game called BOOYAH Flipstah and told to try it and write about it. Not exactly backbreaking labor, I know. The point of the game is to improve your pitching when you’re kept off the pond. It comes with a nylon mat, plastic-cup targets, two hookless jigs, and an electronic scoreboard. The jigs have magnets so that a sensor in each cup knows when you’ve hit your target and it can accommodate 2-4 players.
If you’re like me, you’re probably convinced that there’s an 8-pound bass hiding in your favorite pond and he’s laughing harder with every nine-ounce fish you release (yes, I’m sure 8-pound bass can laugh). You’re so sure he’s in a pocket behind that submerged stump that you’ve decorated it with seven-dollar lures until it looks like an underwater Rapala tree in full bloom.
So, the notion of sharpening my flipping skills seemed like a decent idea during the off-season. And how hard could it be? Kids are pictured on the box.
Well after 20 minutes of BOOYAH Flipstah one of two things will have happened. One: your pitching will be much improved. Or two: you and your roommate will have burned through a six-pack, having reached the conclusion that you’ll never be any good at flipping and that your best bet will be grabbing that bass off the surface when he dies of laughter.
So, if you’re serious about improving you’re technique when the flakes fly, then BOOYAH Flipstah might be worth the $99 (basspro.com). But if backlashes send you reaching for Budweisers, you’re probably better off saving the c-note for the lures you’ll lose to that log anyway.