Jan 29th, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jan 29th, 2013 at 12:00 AM
FLW Tour pro Chad Morgenthaler has actively fished FLW and B.A.S.S. pro events for over a decade. He’s yet to win a major title or a tour-level event. However, he has been one of the most prolific promoters of the sport. Always ready for an interview, always presenting the sport in a positive light, always taking primo care of his sponsors, he’s a pros pro. But this year, it’s all going to change. Well, at least partially with the winning a title or tour event part, that is Morgenthaler’s plan.
|Chad Morgenthaler (Photo Morgenthaler)|
So, how can an angler make a drastic change and put themselves in position to win? Nobody has that answer, come on now. However, Chad has sold it all. His house in Illinois is no longer his. He is now a true gypsy of pro bass fishing.
“We, my wife Debbie and I, sold our house in Illinois and now live out of an RV,” said Morgenthaler. “We have no kids and it was the perfect time to do it. I am rededicated to focus 100 percent on fishing. I’ve been a pro for over 10 years and it’s about time I start having a few titles and accolades I can show for my effort.
“I signed a 2-year extension with Jasper Engines so I am now in the position to go and fish as much as I can. I am now a true nomad and yet I get to sleep in the same bed every night and have a hot meal ready and my wife with me. It is terrific.
“Plus, we did buy land about 10 minutes away from Table Rock Lake in Missouri. We will eventually build a home there.”
Morgenthaler’s schedule will not only include the FLW Tour, but all 9 of the B.A.S.S. Open events along with some Everstart events.
“Since the FLW made the big cutbacks in pro events getting rid of the Opens, I needed some options,” said Morgenthaler. “Since Jasper signed a 2-year extension I am in the position to fish many more events. I will fish all of the B.A.S.S. Opens in an attempt to qualify for the Classic. In fact I am practicing on Toho in Florida right now for the first southern Open of the year starting this Thursday.
“I also fished the opening Everstart event on Okeechobee and finished 15th. I missed the final cut by about a pound.”
The first FLW Tour event starts there on February 7th. According to Morgenthaler, the water is a bit high and the fish are scattered, but the event should be good.