Fish Feed

Nutrition nut Ken Hoover contends that bass fishing is more grueling than even pro anglers know By Sam Eifling ESPNOutdoors.com

Anyone who has attended more than a couple of Bassmaster Elite Series events in 2007 is likely to have seen Ken Hoover, and just as likely not even to have noticed him.

Gerald Swindle got on Ken Hoover’s program after losing 14 pounds during the 2006 season.A trim, bespectacled man of 57, with salt-and-pepper hair tucked beneath a cap, Hoover is the gentleman holding plastic sacks laden with lunches, waiting calmly at the launch dock, waiting to feed the pros.

He’s there, handing out meals to Aaron Martens, John Crews, Shaw Grigsby, Peter Thliveros, Jason Quinn and Gerald Swindle, among others, because he’s convinced that few people — anglers included — recognize the physical demands of professional bass fishing.

He arrived at that conclusion after outfitting anglers with heart monitors this season to observe their calorie consumption. And even to him, the data have been “scratch-your-head numbers.”

For instance, Thliveros burned 4,800 calories on Day Two of the Empire Chase. Martens burned through more than 5,800 during a day on Lake Guntersville, “throwing a spinnerbait all day,” Hoover said. Read more.


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