…The paragraph below was submitted in the nomination of “Boyscout” (Derek Porter to the real world) as RiverBassin.com’s river basser of the month. We couldn’t leave any of it off because it was so genuine and well written. Obviously Boyscout has touched this particular fisherman, but we all know he has touched many river bassers in the southeast including me and for that we want to thank him for sharing his enthusiasm for the sport with all of us! Congrats Derek, you deserve the honor!
“You don’t have a boat? No problem; you can hold down the forward seat in my Pelican. Need a tent? Mine’s big enough for both of us, and I’ll bring an extra just in case. And don’t worry about breakfast, I’ll have enough bacon and eggs for all.”
That was just the tip of the iceberg. How do you think he became “Boyscout?” The name was literally shoved on him by all (and I mean ALL) the CAFE attendees on that inaugural event, because anything we needed the boy produced from his trailer, cooler or tent. Not only did he share his tent with me, he brought along an extra boat for the biker brigade from the salty coastal marshes. He’s the first one to volunteer his vehicle and trailer for hauling boats (or meeting fishing friends in far away places). He is a man of modest means, but anything he has is offered freely and abundantly. And once on the water he’ll be bobbing just downstream of some tricky little rapid waiting to render assistance to anyone unlucky enough to turn turtle.
Speaking of being on the water… do you remember your first fish? Was it with your dad or granddad at some little farm pond? Did you run screaming with excitement around the pond to show your little three inch bream to everyone in attendance? Boyscout still gets that thrilled when a smallie crashes his topwater fly, yelping and barking with genuine surprise and excitement. He truly is fun to watch.
Many of us will never be interested in catching the most or the biggest… we fish because it salves our soul and any day on the river is a piece of heaven. Boyscout is such a soul… interested only in sharing his passion for fishing with his generosity and knowledge. I have him on speed dial… you should too!
You too can nominate a friend to become the Basser of the Month by using this form. If chosen as Basser of the Month they will receive a RiverBassin.com hat (as soon as we get some new ones in) and get a special parking space at the front of the store, I mean, site, for the remainder of the month. Catching big fish or large numbers of fish is not the criteria we base our decisions on either. The River Basser of the Month should share the same enthusiasm, passion, stewardship and kindness that we like to promote here on RiverBassin.com.
Tight lines and smooth rapids,