How do YOU wind down after a hard day at the office?
Perhaps with a cold Budweiser or Bud Light. Or if you follow the trends, your libation of choice may be a Bud Light Lime.
You may enjoy a cold one after a long day on the water, too.
But while loyal Wired2Fish fan Dave Michalik of Illinois shares that taste in beverages, popping open a cold beer doesnât fully allow him to get away from the office. Thatâs because his day job is in creative services for Anheuser-Busch, putting together the packaging graphics that grace the containers in which your brews arrive.
âThe designers do their thing and then I turn it into reality,â he said. Heâs built that background with 40 years in the graphics business, the last 23+ strictly for Anheuser-Busch. But his true love is fishing. He was an ardent tournament competitor until the demands of family and work forced him to cut back, but the sport is still a critical element in Michalikâs life.
âIâm still very passionate about it,â he said. âItâs one of the most important things in my life. Itâs the way I escape. I read everything I can and watch everything I can to learn about it and escape the pressures.â
And while heâs not one to jump on the âlure of the momentâ bandwagon, heâs a sponge for information and thatâs what led him to this site. âIf youâre wired to fish like I am, what I see on your site is what Iâm going to buy when I go to the store,â he said, doing our job for us by deftly incorporating the Wired2Fish verbiage.
Age: 57. âIâll be 58 in January.â
Home Lake: âBull Shoals, but also Table Rock, Norfork and Beaver Lake. Theyâre all great fisheries. I also love Kentucky Lake and Lake of the Ozarks can be great in the fall.â
Favorite Lake: âBull Shoals, just because itâs so pristine. Thereâs not a lot of building and thereâs clear water.â
Dream Trip: Falcon, El Salto
Favorite Lure: âI love it all, but Iâm primarily a spinnerbait and buzzbait fisherman. But I can go into the timber and flip and pitch no problem.â
Biggest Bass: 12.95 lbs. Caught at Caney Lake in Louisiana.
Favorite Pro: âI watch all of those guys and theyâre all amazing. I learn a lot from them. Probably Kevin VanDam or maybe even some of the older guys like Paul Elias.â
Favorite Beer: Do you even need to ask?