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Still in the Saddle, Despite Everything


Michele Fanfani

It obviously gets harder to discuss results when your horse isn’t winning, or even placing.
But you also know that the horse is a pure breed and that it has all of the qualities it needs to perform well.

And we fans who passionately cheer for him continue to believe that he can still compete for the top spots.

Maybe we don’t appreciate that this year is not a competition year like the others. Our champion is running now with the fifty best horses in the world. As such, a poor result can still put him on the track to a better result.

After three MLF tournaments, we certainly hoped for a better place in the standings. But we remain nonetheless in the professional bass fishing race, and we have to absolutely stay in the saddle and run to the finish line.

In his most recent tournament [at Dale Hollow], Jacopo did not run well. He probably insisted too strongly on fishing with Livescope, but without finding the fish he had located during practice. On the other hand, it was the technique that pointed toward landing greater numbers of fish, and given the tournament formula, it was the right choice.

Without getting into details about the techniques used by Jacopo, we will simply observe that fishing with Livescope levels out the quality of the anglers, and while it requires knowledge to use the technology it also eliminates the wealth of experience acquired over many years of fishing without “seeing” fish that are thirty feet deep.

Even as Jacopo improves in using the technique, we hope that in the coming tournaments he will also put his great fishing instincts to work, as he has since he was young.

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Michele Fanfani
Michele, 60 years old, Florentine like Jacopo, followed him during all phases of his sporting career in Italy and accompanied him to America at the start of his professional career. He achived several successes fishing along with Jacopo but above all he conceived and created the Italian magazine “Bassfishing” and the publication “The Secrets of Bassfishing”. He currently follows Jacopo along his career and is the creator and administrator of the “Curva Gallelli” Fans Club.