Three Questions: Jay Yelas

Category: Tournament

 Jan 4th, 2016 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jan 4th, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Welcome to Three Questions from BassFIRST 2016. Our first victim of 2016 is the fearless bass warrior known to all as Jay Yelas. Yes, this venerable Mercury/Yamamoto pro has been battling in the pro bass trenches for decades. Been pretty darn successful, too, with a  Bassmaster Classic title and Angler of the Year (AOY) titles at both Bassmaster and the FLW. All-in-all, not a bad career.

However, today he clearly accepts his greatest challenge. Will Jay Yelas survive Three Questions from BassFIRST? Read it and weep.

DL – What country would you most like to visit?

JY – Gosh, probably New Zealand. I’ve heard about the fantastic fishing opportunities there. The remarkable scenery. All of those Lord of the Rings movies were filmed there. People I know who’ve been there tell me it is just gorgeous.

I think it would be so cool to go there. It’s almost on the exact other side of the world from where I live in Oregon. I’d definitely pack a fishing rod and chase those brown trout and steelhead. It would be pretty neat to fish for them down under.

Jay Yelas’ bassin’ skills may help him if he ever visits the trout waters of New Zealand. (Joel Shangle/BassFIRST)

DL – What is left on your career goal agenda?

JY – I’d like to win the Forrest Wood Cup. I’ve won the other major titles. The Bassmaster Classic, the AOY in both Bassmaster and FLW. Nobody else has done it.

I mean, I’d still like to win at any FLW Tour event, but my main goal is to get to the Forrest Wood Cup. I can’t win it if I’m not in it.

DL – Do you prefer steak or desserts?

JY – These days I prefer steaks. I mean, I love desserts, but they are not really a good main course. I wouldn’t feel very good eating them as a main course. I prefer a medium-rare T-bone or ribeye from the grill for that.

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