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you think about an all around great guy and successful angler, one
name comes to mind, Rapala Pro Mark Fisher.
started fishing the natural
Mark grew up and pursued his interest in bass fishing, I asked him who
he looked up to as heroes. Mark stated that Al and Ron Lindner were
big influences. He also
enjoyed reading Ron Schara’s articles.
and I talked about how he got into tournament fishing. Mark said he
always played sports in school and loved the competition. In 1987,
Mark again fired up his competitive spirit by entering his first bass
tournament series. He chose to begin with the Midwest Open Bass
Classic Circuit managed by John Hesse. Mark’s partner for the
tournament circuit was Scott Hanson.
Mark enjoyed the series and finished the circuit by snagging
the “Angler of the Year” honor for 1987. As we all know this is
quite an accomplishment for a first year angler.
up the great 1987 season was Mark winning the Don Shelby US
Invitational in 1994. This was an invitational only tournament held on
1999, Mark fished the Silverado Tournament Trail in
Ranger Boats Millennium Tournament was held in
is currently employed with Rapala.
I asked him how he got started in the fishing industry. Mark
said he started with a radio show in 1993. The show aired on KSTP AM
1500. It was a two hour fishing show with Larry Bollig. Mark then
worked for a company called Shirts Plus. From there he went to Rapala
where he attributes his success to keeping a balance, networking, and
promoting companies within the industry.
is a very diverse fisherman. His favorite technique is deep water
cranking. I had talked with Mark after he had gotten back from fishing
asked Mark about on the water decisions he makes when fishing gets
tough during tournaments. Mark stated that if he had fish going during
pre-fishing and went to the same spot during the tournament but could
not get them to bite, he would not leave and go somewhere else. He
knew the fish were there, he just needed to figure out how to make
them bite. Mark says over the years he has learned to slow down and
change the presentation and speed. The fish are usually there and it
just takes a little time to figure them out.
favorite tournament is the Fort Francis Canadian Bass Championship.
The fish for the most part are all smallmouth. Rainy Lake is a very
big body of water between the
biggest reward for Mark in tournament fishing is the camaraderie of
the anglers and making new friends.
Feeling good about the event he is supporting, besides cashing
a check, is a very close second. Also keeping the sport alive through
the youth and helping maintain our resources is also important.
is definitely a first class individual and angler. If you get the
privilege to meet and talk with Mark, don’t hesitate to go up and
introduce yourself. Mark is always willing to take the time to talk
with you and share his knowledge and experience.