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Shaye Baker Wishes He Used ANGLR at a Bass Nation Event 7 Years Ago

This year I’ll be fishing the B.A.S.S. Nation events here in Alabama in an attempt to do what my father did 32 years ago.

In 1988, dad won his first Alabama B.A.S.S. Federation State Championship when I was a year old. He was 32 at the time; I’m 33 now. 

So it just feels like a good time to try to make a little history of my own and honor the old man’s legacy.

What’s interesting about this year is that he and I will actually be able to fish out of the same boat together for the four regular season events. Dad and I had thought about taking two boats to all four stops and both fishing the boater side, but he wasn’t really interested in doing that. 

After talking to the tournament director, I learned we could actually link together and fish from the same boat while I compete against the boaters and dad competes against the non-boaters. The reason that is allowed is so teams can be formed to compete and try to qualify for the new Bassmaster Team Championship.

So the weight of my five-fish limit and dad’s three-fish limit will be combined and put up against the weight of the eight fish from other teams. A little confusing, but definitely a cool setup for dad and I to be able to spend time on the water together.

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‘Seven Years and Four Boats Ago’

The first stop is on Lake Guntersville on Feb. 8. I’ll be running the Anglr App and wearing the Anglr Bullseye all season and I can honestly say this is the most I’ve ever longed for this technology in the past. 

In 2013, I fished an Everstart (now Toyota) Series on Lake Guntersville in late February and caught 26 pounds & 6 ounces on day one. I remember the locations, but I would love to have all of the other information that the Anglr App stores in my digital logbook. 

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Three of the 6-pounders I caught that day were relating to current and knowing what that generation schedule was then would be hugely beneficial to me now as I prepare to wrap my head around the massive Lake Guntersville. 

I’ll have one day of practice on Friday and I’m sure I’ll spend a good bit of it chasing ghosts and trying to retrace my steps. Steps that would have been saved in the Anglr App had it been around then to log it. Steps that I marked on my graph, sure, but that was seven years and four boats ago.

Those routes and waypoints I built back then are long-gone by now. The only remnants of that day are like whiffs of smoke in my foggy mind which has had a lot run through it since then.

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Why the Anglr App Would be Useful Now

I did run a GoPro then, so I do at least have a brief highlight reel from that tournament. But the raw footage is what would be beneficial now. That raw, massive amount of information is what I’m looking for and what the Anglr App would still have floating around in my own personal cloud from a tournament that happened seven years ago. 

The water temp, air temp, barometric pressure, wind direction, wind speed, current, water clarity, time of day of those catches, locations, places where I didn’t catch anything, places where I found the best vegetation, baits I used, line size, rod power, etc.

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Some of that I remember. Some of that I think I remember. 

Most of that I haven’t the slightest clue. All of which would be very helpful right now. The reason I believe that? I went out on day two in 2013 and struggled to catch 17-pounds. Fell from 5th to 15th and missed the final day cut. What changed in 24-hours? 

I remember the water seemed to have cleared up a bit. But that’s it. That’s all I remember. What about all the other stuff? What could I learn from that event to hopefully prevent another misstep between my practice Friday and the tournament Saturday? Nothing now. Because that information is gone. Never recorded in the first place. 

One Thing is For Certain: 

Win, lose or draw, I’ll have the Anglr App running this time. And whether I catch them or not, I’ll have a lot of the reasons saved in a digital logbook for me to review and learn from in the future. 

And that’s why the Anglr App is such a powerful tool.


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Shaye Baker

ABOUT Shaye

Shaye Baker started fishing with his dad in Alabama as soon as they could find a life jacket small enough to fit him. Competing with his father in local tournaments, Shaye quickly found a hunger for competitive bass fishing. He furthered his fishing career at Auburn University helping to establish the Auburn University Bass Fishing Club. While at Auburn, Shaye served as the President of the club and qualified to fish on the traveling team amassing six Top 5 finishes including two 3rd place finishes in consecutive FLW College Fishing National Championships. While beginning to dabble in the world of outdoor journalism, Shaye continued to fish semi-pro events finishing in the Top 5 in the Bassmaster Opens, FLW Costa Series and BFLs. Finding himself at a crossroads, Shaye chose to put down the rod and pick up the pen and camera to focus on his career in outdoor journalism. Shaye has had work featured in Bassmaster Magazine, FLW Outdoors Magazine, B.A.S.S.Times and the Japanese bass fishing magazine Basser. Shaye has also had work featured on ESPN and Wired2Fish.com, FLWfishing.com and Bassmaster.com. While working with B.A.S.S., Shaye initiated and spearheaded their GoPro division which brought more video coverage to the fans than had ever been done before in competitive fishing. After his tenure with some of the best companies in the business, Shaye identified a need for competitive fishing where participation didn’t cost a fortune. By founding UPLOADED, the Online Fishing Series, Shaye established a free tournament series where anglers could film their fish catches and upload their videos to compete against other anglers for prizes.

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