Glenn: Well, turning to something a littlemore serious, back in 2007 when you had thatDQ in a Classic, has that affected the wayyou fish today?Gerald: It doesn’t affect, the DQ in ’07,it doesn’t affect how I fish this right now. Did it affect me afterwards? Heck yeah, man. I thought it was a bogus call, I thought itwas unfair, and I thought that ESPN was justwanting media and they got it. It’s not writtenin the rules, it was a judgment call, so yeah,there for a while, I stayed a little bitterabout it but you put that stuff behind you. It doesn’t change how I fish now, man, I strictlyfish for the goals I have set and I’m notmotivated by anger, any of that stuff. I kindof let that stuff go. Glenn: So Gerald KYBass1276, he asks, he wantsto know your thoughts on advantages and disadvantagesthat anglers face fishing the Classic beingthat it’s the first event of the year. Specifically,he wants to know how you prepare yourselfafter being off for a couple of months. Gerald: Well, really most of the guys willcome back and fish some prior to the Classic,locally. Fishing and getting back in the swingof things, that’s not that big of deal becausemost them kind of have a spring training. They’ll leave home a week early and go fishevery day and get back into the groove butthe biggest disadvantage is getting all thisin order. Wrapping boats and trucks and motorsand getting stuff in. I mean, it was a dayand a half before the Classic and my boatand truck was completely disassembled in mybasement and they were wrapping it. So, thebiggest disadvantage is trying to get allthe loose ends tied up before the tournament,but as far as mechanically and all that, that’snot that big a deal. Glenn: Kind of like riding a bike, huh?Gerald: Kind of like riding a bike. Once youget back in there, you’re in there. Glenn: Zell poses an interesting questionhere. He says in the old days of the BassmasterClassic, contenders were only allowed 10 poundsof tackle and 4 rods. What would you do ifthe night before the Classic, tournament officialsnotified everyone that they were once againimplementing this rule?Gerald: Well, I’d probably take a spinningrod, so I could throw a drop shot or shakyhead. I’d take one cranking rod, one flippingrod, and one rod to cast a jig with. So, Ican take a 7 footer to jig with, a 7 footmedium to crank, 6’6″ heavy spinning rod towork with, and a 7’2″ flipping stick, I couldprobably get through with the whole deal,man. You know, just downsize. I’d have tofish the baits that I’ve got confidence inand my strength, which would probably be jiggingand stuff like that. If they decided to doit, it’d be kind of kinky but just go withthe baits you’re the best with. Glenn: And with 10 pounds of tackle, wouldthat be primarily plastics or jigs or?Gerald: Probably, probably half and half. I’d probably have couple pounds of crank baitsand couple pounds of jigs, the rest of itin plastics. Glenn: Well Larry Sullivan has an interestingquestion here. He wants to know how has thisrecession has changed the way you do thingsand do you fear for the fishing industry?Gerald: The recession has changed things. Changed the way I do things a little bit,simply because I don’t, I wasn’t a big pre-fishin the beginning but I don’t do as much ofthat as I normally would because the costof fuel and hotels and people losing sponsorship. You’re just not as frivolous. You don’t buyextra tackle and you shop around hotel rooms,you stay more guys to a room. Plan your tripsout a lot better. So that part you have toadjust to, but I do fear some for the industry. People are still fishing. A lot of peoplestill buying fishing licenses, unfortunately,lot of people ain’t buying boats and trucksand that’s what we need to keep the economygoing. So there’s a little bit of fear there. Glenn: Do you think things are going to geton the upswing here real quick?Gerald: I don’t think so, man. I think we’reanother year out before we see anything reallychange. Another year. Glenn: AnglingAdam wants to know your favoritedeep water tactic for northern lakes on thetour. Gerald: Probably drop shot, man. I mean, ifI go north and you end up fishing deep, it’sjust hard to beat drop shotting and lookingat them. You know, that just seems to be thebest way to catch them and always has been,so drop shot, drop shot, and then drop shot. Glenn: You have a specific bait you like touse?Gerald: You know, I don’t think you can gowrong with a Zoom green pumpkin finesse, youknow? I take it anywhere up there and catchthem. I mean, you can try anything but thatparticular one is going to work day in andday out everywhere you go. So, green pumpkinfinesse, quarter ounce weight, usually sixor eight pound line. Glenn: So here’s another one. Grizzly1654,he writes in, what advice would you give someonewho grew up banging the banks and is readyto move away from the bank and learn how tofish deep water structure?Gerald: Biggest thing I’d probably tell youis learn to read your electronics. Study thatstuff hard at home, read every manual, andget you a quality depth finder, and that’sa much more efficient tool fishing deep. It’llsave you a lot of trouble but you can learna lot of that by looking at some of the informationthey have to offer whether it’s an owner’smanual or your dealer teaching you settingsbut depth finder, depth finder, depth finderto move off the bank. Glenn: And here’s a really interesting hypotheticalquestion. Lund Explorer, he writes in. I’dlike to see a detailed plan of how you woulddesign two different boats, how would youequip them out from scratch. One boat wouldbe fully rigged with no expense spared atall and the other one would be an entry levelboat for guys just starting out. How wouldyou go about doing that?Gerald: I’d say my high end boat would be,I’d probably got with a Triton, a 21-X3. Iwould put heated seats in it, be the numberone design, heated seats much like in yourcar that ran off solar power that got it fromone of these lids so it never ran down yourbatteries, you just flip a switch and warmyour seat as you ran. Nice built-in stereo. I’d like to be able to run about a 200 poundthrust trolling motor, so I’d have to reinforcethe front nose for the rip and the turn ofthe trolling motor, probably go with a Mercury250XS, something pretty strong, fast. Maybe a little midget stripper pole or somethingto go in right here. Just a little chromeone on those tough derbies. That would bemy biggest things I’ve always wanted was designheated seats, you know. I would like lightsin the live well so when you’re fishing atnight and stuff like that you can kick onthe lights and see down in the live well. That would be my fancy one. My entry level would be a straight 18 ½ footfiberglass Tritan. I’d build it out at thesame type hull as this right here, the samedesign, to get the speed, wouldn’t have verymuch in it. It’d have a flasher back thereand a small, like an X-28 out front. Wouldn’tget crazy on the depth-finder. I’d have meabout a 10″ jack plate manual, keep the pricedown. I’d set it up to run. I’d have mostof the storage shifted to the back and notthe front, so you would overstore it in thefront and weigh it down. I’d paint it blackand white, generic. Just a straight blackand white mean boat. There’s my two boats. Glenn: Lund Explorer also wants to know whatnew technology do you think has made a positiveimpact on the sport?Gerald: Positive impact. I don’t know, I thinkprobably the oxygenator, all these live wellsystems that they’re getting, where they’vegot all this extra way to keep them alive,I think stuff like that has probably madea more positive impact than what people realizesimply because it helps keep the fish aliveand that’s what we’re out here to catch iscatch and release, so but more technologygoing into live wells, I think it’s probablyoverlooked but it does make a difference. Glenn: In following up on that, Pitching Kidwants to know what you think is going to bethe next technological breakthrough in bassfishing?Gerald: I don’t know. They’re getting so fancywith it man. I guess they’re going to hireus and get some kind of dog trained. Bringhim out here and let him point fish. I mean,they’ve got all these fancy depth finders,side scan, eagle scan, mount scan, you know,I don’t know. I was hoping that you wouldsee somebody come out with a better weathersystem for these boats, where you can pullup on the screen is what I look to be coming. You just pull the weather channel and justread the weather, wind direction would bepretty nice. That’s what I predict is goingto happen.