A new Ranger, a Lowrance HDS, a set of Power-Poles – chances are Santa will bring us a few of the things we’ve asked for on Christmas, but some items might have to wait for another yuletide or until the Claus household becomes a bit more financially stable.
What do you hope to find under the Christmas tree this year? Perhaps it’s something that one of the following pros has on his wish list as well:
Jason Lambert: One of those $125,000 Tour championship checks would be nice. I came close last year at Kentucky Lake (finishing second to Skip Johnson). If I don’t find it under the Christmas tree this year, maybe I’ll find it at the Chickamauga tournament.
David Fritts: When I drove from North Carolina to my hunting lease in Texas, I stopped by Lew’s Tackle and loaded up on Christmas presents – lots of new rods and reels. Beyond that, I’m giving myself a custom-made .20-caliber varmint rifle so I can deal with the coyotes and hogs on my lease.
Barry Wilson: I got my new boat last week, so my Christmas came early. It’s a Ranger Z521C NASCAR-edition color with the new Evinrude G2 that matches. I don’t know whose wrap is going on it yet, but I’ll find out right after the first of the year.
Stetson Blaylock: I’ve had a good year fishing, and I’ve had a good year finding sponsors, so I don’t have a long list. I’m thankful for the blessings I’ve received. I just got into duck hunting for the first time, and I’ve really been enjoying it. So if anybody asks me what I want for Christmas, I tell them duck-hunting gear. A new Remington 870 would be perfect, but I’ll settle for a box of duck loads.
Scott Canterbury: I’d like to find an unlimited gas card with my name on it under the tree. That’s about as good as it gets, considering how much it costs to travel all over the country fishing tournaments.
James Watson: I hope there’s a pair of magic flip-flops to wear in Florida at Okeechobee and Toho, the kind that makes bass want to bite whatever I throw in the water. And while we’re talking fantasies, an invitation to Hugh Hefner’s New Year’s Eve Party would be very much appreciated.
George Kapiton: I’ve got just about everything I want, and I plan to earn the rest. One thing I would like is a ticket to fish the Walmart FLW Tour, because right now I’m on the waiting list and haven’t heard if I’m going to make it. If I don’t, I’ll fish the Rayovac FLW Series anyway. I’ve already qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup through the Series Championship, so I’m satisfied.
Jacob Wheeler: Maybe a pair of beach shorts. The day after Christmas, I’m flying to Bermuda for some R&R. It’s important to step back once in a while and get away from the phones and stress. I’m really looking forward to taking a breather.