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#11535608 - 04/11/16 07:38 PM Kevin Short - WFN Video
Neal G Offline
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This link is to a video about Kevin Short: http://www.worldfishingnetwork.com/shows/world-fishing-journal/watch-full-episodes/?vid=62411

I have always liked Kevin because he was willing to speak up and not be PC all the time. I was surprised when he walked away from the Elite circuit but think I can understand why now that he is sharing even more.
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#11536027 - 04/11/16 09:55 PM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
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Loc: Kingwood,TX
Thanks for sharing

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#11536147 - 04/11/16 10:48 PM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
pinesjunkie Offline
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 1483
Loc: east texas
They don't get any better than kevin!
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#11536185 - 04/11/16 11:28 PM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
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so what is he gonna do post- BASS?
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#11536203 - 04/11/16 11:53 PM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
Champion1 Offline
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Registered: 09/20/03
Posts: 2542
Loc: Mansfield, Texas, One Nation U...
I fished with him in the Red River 2014 Open, here is a writeup I did about my day, he is a great guy:

I have never been in the boat with a elite guy so was really looking forward to it when I found out on Thursday I was going with him. Been in the boat with a lot of really good fishermen but somehow I knew this would be a little different. I know you can go out with some of the elites because they do some guiding but this would be in a competition environment at the Red River Open with money and a Classic invite on the line. As for me I was way behind as I only weighed in a 1.8 pounder the day before and needed about 9 pounds I figured to get a check and about 12 to get into the top 12 and fish Saturday. I knew we would be around fish though so I was pumped. Kevin was staying at the marina so it was really easy to launch, his wife backed us down and we were ready. He gave me a compartment to put my stuff in which my partner the day before didn't, so I thought that was really nice. His 2014 Basscat Cougar is wrapped in predominantly pink which is his trademark. He was very cordial to me right off but I could tell a bit stand offish I guess these guys never know what they are getting with co anglers so they are cautious. I told him that I fish a lot of tourneys and was used to it so whatever he needed to do I was ready. That seemed to put him at ease immediately. We were going to pool 3 which is about 61 miles and 2 locks to get there. About 1.5 hours of boat driving time one way.
When describing my day the only 2 words I can come up with are smart and efficient. Time is never wasted with him. Everything he does is to maximize the amount of casting time in prime water. It was simply amazing to watch. We would fish outside of every lock for as long as possible to maximize fishing time. When we came out of the first lock there were 70 boats in there. We were boat #12 leaving the lock, I counted. We passed 5 the first mile and the rest within 2 miles. Pink Basscat Cougars freakin fly! There was no staying in the middle of the river he would go from point to point because it is less distance again smart and efficient. No one ever caught us or even came close! We stopped in a little cove next to the second lock, to make a few casts before time to lock down again. It was a full 6 minutes before the next boat went by, again smart and efficient. We got to our spot in pool 3 and he started catching them pretty quickly, but they were small. He caught 3 and I caught one keepers. He would rifle threw several baits picking apart everything. Texas rig, buzzbait, crankbait, jig. He hit them about every way you can in rapidfire succession. He was making 2 casts to my one. Flips with his left hand so he doesn't have to change hands, smart, efficient.
We move to another area we both catch another one flipping into heavy brush. He is every bit as happy when I catch one as when he does. I thought that was awesome! He says we gotta go it aint happening down here like he thought it would. Hes adjusting to the conditions on the fly. We lock up to 4. In the lock we have about 20 minutes to sit and eat sandwiches and just talk. Something that almost never happens on a tournament day. I will cover some of our conversation later and the questions I asked and he answered. I ask how far we are running when we get out of the lock and he tells me exactly 2.8 miles and it will take us 4 minutes to get there exactly. Smart and efficient. He knows exactly how far and how long it takes to get virtually everywhere we go all day. Amazing! In pool 4 he is firing a crankbait, and moving faster than I have ever seen anyone do it. He catches a 3.5 pounder. Talks to a couple of guys he knows in there who have been in there all day and only have 5 small ones, they are all drowning worms. He aint picking up a worm. Continues to fire and is counting down the minutes to when we have to leave. Every second counts. With 3 minutes to go he catches a 4.5 pounder, he is happy but no time to celebrate gotta make a few more casts. Time to go, he cranks up and we are running 70 mph between massive stumps, makes a hard U turn and back up the river. We are the last boat in the lock before it closes. Smart and efficient.
We finish the day in pool 5, he is still cranking and moving. Our check in time is at 3, we check in at 2:59:50. That's called maximizing your fishing time!
OBSERVATIONS:
-We are good fishermen, he is better. We may be really good at a few things, flipping, worming, cranking whatever. He is great at everything. Its how he makes his living.
-He never stops til the tournament is over. We have all been in the boat with a guy having a bad day or are having one ourselves and just quits or gets mad and stops fishing. He accepts sometimes things aren't always gonna go the way you planned, but adjusts and keeps going anyway, always thinking I am one cast from a big one.
-He is 52 years old and is in really good condition. He has quite a bounce to his step for someone his age. I never saw him drink anything but water all day. No gatorade or sodas, I guess he understands this is a marathon not a sprint.
-We do not use our electronics anywhere near its capability. He can make his do just about anything it was designed to do. I was truly amazed at how he had everything in his graph working. I know guys that spend $5000 on graphs and all they do is turn it on and change screens every once in awhile.
QUESTIONS I ASKED: Some questions I asked and he declined to answer. I wont tell you all we discussed some of it I will keep to myself, but these are the basics:
-What do weekend anglers do wrong that you see?
Kevin: Lose focus too easily, don't change baits enough, and don't change locations enough.
-Whats the hardest part of your job?
Kevin: Making a living at it.
-Do sponsors approach you or do you have to seek them out?
Kevin: In all the years I have been doing this I have had exactly 2 call me up.
-How much time do you spend on the water a year?
Kevin: About 150 days.
-Whats your worst co angler story?
Kevin: I aint going there! (Laughs)
MY GENERAL VIEWS OF THE DAY:
It was better than I ever could have dreamed it could be. He is a genuinely polite and intelligent guy but wants to win and will do everything he can to do it. He truly loves what he does even after doing it for so long. His wife is his support group and gives him a hug and kiss when he leaves and the same when he gets back. They are truly a team. They were going in to have ice cream with Don Barone when I left. Don was nice enough to take a pic with us standing by his boat, but its upside down cause Don is electronically challenged he told me.LOL Kevin gave me 2 expensive crankbaits still in the box before I left. The same ones he was throwing. One for dirty water and one for clear. Don't make colors complicated he said, it aint rocket science! They will never see water, I have them on my desk to remind me of the day. Oh, I will order some just like them believe me, but I aint telling you guys what they are, they are my new secret weapon!
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#11536217 - 04/12/16 12:12 AM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
David Burton Offline
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Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 1499
Loc: McKinney, TX
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Good seeing him happy with all he's been through, and ending on his terms.

I still can't stand Barone's writing style, but he seems to be a good guy.
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#11536311 - 04/12/16 06:52 AM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
M Wyatt Offline
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Registered: 06/09/15
Posts: 286
Loc: North Texas
He now works as a higher up for Basscat, fishes MLF, and fishes the Opens and Costa series.
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#11536336 - 04/12/16 07:24 AM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
bassmanrudy Offline
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Registered: 01/30/15
Posts: 391
Loc: Bossier City, LA
Champion- excellent post!

I too got to fish an Open with Kevin(2012 Central in Muskogee) and yeah I was thoroughly impressed with how he handled himself and the changing situations(front moving thru). The pink boat was "different" and when I asked him about the color choice he goes "well will you ever forget it??" and NOPE can't say I have!! We did lock up and idled way back to a small creek to begin with and he started rapid firing an older wood squarebill(Bagley I think?) into brushpiles and log jams that amazed me he could get them back from! We both caught several fish from that creek and like mentioned he was just as happy to see me catch a fish! He had a pattern working for sure in that creek and never really varied from the crank but a few times to throw a spinnerbait. I really enjoyed my day with him!

Wish him the Best in whatever he decides to do!! :-)
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#11536356 - 04/12/16 07:45 AM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
Panhandle Offline
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Registered: 08/11/06
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Loc: Amarillo TX
Great video! Thanks!
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#11536365 - 04/12/16 07:50 AM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
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Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 37154
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Enjoyed the video! Thanks for sharing. cheers
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#11542109 - 04/14/16 10:33 AM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
aneil Offline
Angler

Registered: 04/14/08
Posts: 377
I have a whole new respect for the man in pink. Very inspiring video, thanks for sharing.

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#11543452 - 04/14/16 08:45 PM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Frank the Tank]
SAKS Offline
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Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 652
Think I read he went to work for BassCat.

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#11543936 - 04/15/16 05:39 AM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
Texjef84 Online   content
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Registered: 12/21/13
Posts: 182
Loc: Colleyville, Tx
Great video, thanks for sharing.

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#11544235 - 04/15/16 09:27 AM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
Ol Man River Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/16/11
Posts: 1221
Loc: Orange, Texas
Thanks, really enjoyed the video!

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#11545596 - 04/15/16 08:48 PM Re: Kevin Short - WFN Video [Re: Neal G]
SkeeterJim Offline
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Registered: 12/15/07
Posts: 53
Loc: Arkansas
Kevin Short is truly one of the great ones.

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