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Byron Velvick

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Sponsors

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gler Debate. For Clunn, the award touched him on many levels. “I normally try to compartmentalize those types of awards,” Clunn said. “In fact, I had kept my trophies in the basement until my wife, Melissa, convinced me that they were less about the accomplishments, and more about the memo- ries.” The Greatest Angler Debate meant to Clunn that fans had seen his career, and had been able to be objective about the vote. “So many of my counterparts became better known after their com- petitive careers through their television shows,” Clunn said their voting for him showed they had matured as fishing fans. “Being able to place the importance on our com- petitive merits showed that their thought process has changed over the years.” “The award meant that they had seen my career and recognized my accomplishments,” Clunn said fond- ly. “While I try to minimize my ego most of the time, winning that award meant a lot to me; I’m not ashamed to say that I am proud of it.”

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