Thank You Mr. Brauer

Denny Brauer hoists one of his winning fish at the 1992 Bassmaster MegaBucks Tournament held on Lake Guntersville. Photo January 1993 issue of Bassmaster Magazine.

This weekend Bassmaster Elite Series angler Denny Brauer announced his retirement from the Elite Series. One of the most influential anglers of all time, Brauer cited the long seasons and physical toll tour-level angling has had as the reasons for him to step down at the end of the 2012 season. For the full press release by Strike King, click here.

Brauer has won over $2.5-million in B.A.S.S. earnings (3rd of all time) over his illustrious career and fished 21 Bassmaster Classics, winning the 1998 Classic on High Rock Lake. He’s also fished four FLW Cups.

Brauer got his start in competitive angling through the Federation and was also one of the first anglers outside of California to pick up the Flippin’ Stik and run with it. Much of Brauer’s success can be attributed to flipping but anglers have him to thank for the development of one of the technique’s most cherished lures. If not for his Classic win on High Rock and Strike King giving him carte blanche on the design, the flipping tube may still be only a dream. For a little more on Denny’s history with flipping, click here.

Although Brauer says he’s only stepping down from tour-level competition, he says he’ll continue to fish the MLF and local events on his new home water, Lake Amistad.

Mr. Brauer, from all of us, thank you for so many years and we wish you luck in your “retirement.” My guess is the fish will won’t have a clue he’s retired.