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Serving Our Country and Catching Crappie

David Townsend


Pulling crappie into the boat can make us forget what our service men and women are doing for us while we are having fun on the lake. One of our Crappie Masters fishermen, David Townsend, had the opportunity to fish the 2009 classic with partner Robert Geir. This was their second classic appearance together.

“We had a great time here and I wouldn’t have traded it for the world,” says Townsend. “I love traveling, fishing and meeting new people. We didn’t do well here at the classic but had a good media day and I caught the three biggest fish of my life here this week; a 2.45, 2.50 and 2.52 and we lost a bigger one today.”

Townsend is headed back to Iraq but hoping to make it back in time to fish a few tournaments to qualify for the classic again in 2010.

Townsend is a heavy equipment mechanic at Whitman Air Force Base where he supervises both civilians and G.I.s. They maintain about 500 vehicles.

“Crappie Masters has been very supportive. I was really surprised in 2007 when Paul Alpers and Kent Driscoll called me up on the stage in front of 600 people and I was cheered for just coming back from overseas. It gave me goose bumps and really meant a lot to me. All the people remember me and say thanks. I’ve seen how supportive Crappie Master folks are for all of our military people and it means a lot to all of us to be appreciated.”