Far From Home, Grigsby Gets a Familiar Feeling
Shaw Grigsby is 2,600 miles from his Gainesville, Florida, home. He’s 2,600 miles from a comfort zone of recognizable surroundings, things such as familiar lakes and rivers and backwater with grass stands and productive pockets that make a top-level pro angler feel right at home.
But, as he traveled the east-to-west journey to the California Delta, where he and the rest of the B.A.S.S. Elite Series will compete this week, something felt oddly comfortable about the journey. Grigsby, 59, finds himself in fourth place in the Toyota Angler-of-the-Year standings, which means he "smashed them" during the first two events of the season, at the Sabine River and Guntersville Lake.It also means that, if he chooses to do so, Grigsby can think about the kind of “dream season” he hasn't experienced in many years.
“Yes, it’s nice to be where I am. But hey, it’s a quarter of the year; it’s two of eight tournaments. And I’m not as young as I used to be, and I don’t have the stamina that these terrific young anglers have,” Grigsby said.
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