The Hardest Decision for a Bass Angler by Sean Ostruszka, Page 2

The Hardest Decision for a Bass Angler by Sean Ostruszka, Page 2

Winter 2022


had to make a decision. Honestly, he couldn’t keep doing what he was doing and make it as a professional angler. The travel, logistics and inability to learn had taken their toll.

So, he either had to give that up and stay out West fishing the Toyota Series or move east. Ultimately, he chose to push his chips in and move.

“I said if I was going to really keep doing this, we had to move,” says Howe. “So, we bought some property near Watts Bar in Tennessee, and we’re moving there in 2022.”

It obviously makes many aspects of being a professional angler much easier, from the travel to now being able to practice any time he wants on lakes similar to what he’ll fish in tournaments. Plus, he’s fortunate his business is fully up and running, and he can manage it from the east – a financial component he says is huge for anyone looking to make the jump.

Yet, the move doesn’t

come without risk, as

multiple western anglers

have tried this same step

and still failed, such as

Kevin Hawk, who moved

to Georgia to practice for

the Cup on Lake Lanier

(which he won) and

stayed out there, only to

eventually fade out of the


Hence why anglers

like Joe Uribe Jr., one of

the most accomplished

western anglers, have

decided to forgo both

decisions and just stay

out west and fish locally.

Yet, that’s not stopping Howe, or Phillip Dutra, who won Angler of the Year in this year’s Toyota Series Western Division and plans on moving to Alabama to fish the Pro Circuit in 2022. Of course, the 2021 Toyota Series Western Division AOY, Tai Au, is trying the first approach of residing here and fishing out east.

And that’s the hardest part about the decision – there’s no right or wrong decision. But for any top-talent western angler or aspiring one, understand this decision is coming. •

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