In the very early days of my interest in Bass Fishing, specifically tournament competion I was fortunate to know many of the competitors from Iowa who came to this area to enter tournaments. One of my best friends in High School back in Iowa was Terry Ackley. Terry and most of the competitors from Iowa were light years ahead of the Wisconsin boys back in those days, myself included. The Iowa contingent would come to this area, for tournaments and due to my friendship with Terry many would stay at the house, using the spare bedrooms, or camping out in the yard. Plugging their boats in to recharge batteries. That gave me the opportunity to pick their brains, con them in to letting me tag along as they pre-fished tournaments and prepared for the week-end events. My entire family idolized these guys and we would all gather round the table on the deck, having a great barbeque meal and talk fishing. All the tournaments at the time were buddy events and as you can see by one of the pictures I occasionally got asked to fill in for a missing member. It was my involvment in "Team Bass" (the local Stoddard Area Bass Club), and the association with "The Iowa Influence" that propelled me into the future of Competetive Fishing.