Two Texas bass pros recently received invitations from BASS to join what many consider to be professional bass fishing’s most prestigious circuit, the Bassmaster Elite Series.
Mike Kernan of Wylie and Trevor Romans of Plano received letters of invitation from the Alabama-based tournament organization last week. Both anglers say they are busy trying to nail down sponsor funds ahead of the first deposit deadline, which falls on Nov. 5.
“I’m real close to getting it done,” said Kernan, 45, who earned his berth through the Bassmaster Central Opens.
“It’s going to cost $40,000 in entry fees for the eight events and it’ll probably cost me another $20,000 in travel expenses. My goal is to try to raise half ($30,000) of that. If I pull it off, I’ll pay the other half out of my pocket. Heck, I’ll spend $30,000 fishing in a year anyway. If I can quit fishing the small stuff and spend the same amount of money fishing on bass fishing’s biggest stage then why not do it? It’s the chance of a lifetime. I’m pretty excited about it. I love the competition and I love going to new lakes trying to figure the fish out.”
Like Kernan, Romans qualified via the Central Opens. He, too, is scrambling to raise sponsor money to fund his 2014 campaign.
”I’m working on it and I definitely want to do it,” said Romans, 45. “I’ve been fishing tournaments since I was 12. This a great opportunity to pursue a life-long dream. The problem is they don’t give you very much time to come up with a lot of money. The financial aspect of this decision is huge. I’m not done yet. I haven’t said no yet. If the good Lord is willing I’ll get it figured out.”
— Matt Williams