Mark Menendez – How He Started

Mark Menendez topped a field of 137 anglers in the LBL division on Lake Barkley in 1988. Photo September/October 1988 issue of Bass Fishing magazine.

Mark Menendez topped a field of 137 anglers in the LBL division on Lake Barkley in 1988. Photo September/October 1988 issue of Bass Fishing magazine.

In today’s video feature Mark Menendez talks about how he got his start in competitive bass fishing on the Operation Bass circuit. He remembers the two gentlemen that got him started, how his entry fees the first year were partially paid, practicing out of a 16-foot aluminum boat then jumping into another angler’s glass boat – an angler usually a lot older than him – and having to convince them he was on fish.

It’s a story that many can relate to other than the fact not many of us have attained the level that Menendez has. We hope you like this look back into Mark’s life.

We’d like to thank Ed Moes for assisting with the video.

 

  • Rick Pierce

    The most enjoyable part of the Mark Mendez article for me was seeing big Tim Loper in the middle of the group. Tim passed from a heart issue a few years ago and he left his own mark on bass fishing, though a huge heart was lost. He lived in Jackson, MS and Ross Barnett. In this era photo he lived in the Collierville, TN community.