Magazine article Black Enterprise

Big Fish: Ishama Monroe Angles for Prize Bass

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Big Fish: Ishama Monroe Angles for Prize Bass

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FACED WITH THE DILEMMA OF COMpeting in a regional tournament with the Military Bass Anglers Association or keeping his job as car salesman, Ishama Monroe chose fishing--and won $1,100.

Since that fateful day in 1998, he has immersed himself in the sport, competing for the last 10 years with the prestigious fishing tournament BASS and earning roughly $631,000 in winnings. In March 2006, Monroe. originally from Ann Arbor. Michigan, where his entire family enjoyed fishing as a pastime, became the first Africa American to win a Bassmaster Elite Series event. He also won $14,000 and placed 14th out of 50 in the of aster Classic in Alabama, the Super Bowl of bass fishing.

Fishing season, which runs from February to September, is a demanding sport with very specific parameters for competition. In the Elite Series, anglers try to catch black bass including spotted, largemouth, and smallmouth. In the competition, weight is the determining factor. In a tournament that may last for eight hours. anglers are eliminated daily based on the combined weight of the five largest fish they catch; by the final day, only 12 anglers remain to vie for the top prize. "An ounce [can] be the difference between a $100.000 and a $350,000 prize," Monroe says. "One guy lost a Classic by an ounce. That cost him $1million." Those who weigh dead fish are penalized 4 to 10 ounces.

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BASS tournaments are all catch-and-release events. "We shoot for 100% [release], we keep fish out of water for 30 seconds to 45 seconds in protective bags where minerals are replenished," Monroe says. "After weigh-in, they are placed in a release tank."

COSTS TO COMPETE

To compete in a season. Monroe. 33, who lives in Hughson, California, has to "make $120.000 on paper" to cover $55,000 in entry fees and $20,000 in expenses which in his case is mostly covered by sponsors such as Lowrance Electronics, Cocoons Sunwear. …

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