A small investment that can pay off in a big way


Honestly, I had never thought about this until McDonald shared the idea with me. It was definitely one of those “Why didn’t I think of that?”-type moments for me. It seems so simple but for whatever reason, I have never heard of anyone doing it before.

“The chances of a bass jumping out of your livewell and back into the lake are incredibly small, to be honest,” McDonald said. “But it’s kind of like not wearing your seatbelt. It only takes one time for something bad to happen. In the world of tournament fishing, a bass jumping out of your livewell can mean tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. Imagine if that one fish costs you the Angler of the Year title or the championship? Those are career-defining moments and I’m more than willing to spend $30 to make sure that doesn’t happen to me.”

While it’s a simple tweak that may not necessarily blow your mind, I think McDonald came up with an outstanding idea that provides great insurance for the tournament anglers out there. I appreciate him being so open to the idea of me sharing it with everyone. I’ve ordered the netting material for my livewells. Have you?