One Key to Brent’s “Killer” Year (BassEast.com)
Brent Chapman has three B.A.S.S tournament wins and notched his first Elite Series victory this year on Toledo Bend. He has fished 12 Bassmaster Classics and has career earnings of $1.2 million. He has 24 B.A.S.S. top 10 finishes.
Chapman has shown in the past he has what it takes to be a consistent pro on the Elite Series, and this year he is having the best season of his career. Basseast.com had a chance to talk with Chapman recently about his physical fitness training, one of many factors that may have contributed to this year’s success.
Basseast.com: Why do you think it is beneficial to get ready physically for the season?
Chapman: It’s a physical sport. It doesn’t have the short physical demand like a lot of major sports, but it has the long stamina demands. Standing on a trolling motor for 8 hours in a tournament or 12 to 14 hours in a practice day can be grueling. It can be very tough on the body. A fisherman has to prepare for that kind of demand in the offseason just like a football player would prepare for his sport in the offseason. The guys on the Elite series who do prepare physically in the offseason will have an advantage over those who don’t.
Basseast.com: Explain some of the demands you put your body through during a season on the Elite Series.
Chapman: Like I mentioned before, long hours on the trolling motor and standing on one leg, boating in rough water. Also the long hours we sit in our vehicles driving. As I’m talking to you now, I’m four hours into a 15-hour drive to Oneida from Kansas City.