Ladson, SC (February 18, 2020) – Luke Clausen is pretty chill about his approach to catching bass. “I like to keep the positive thoughts in my head,” says Clausen, a highly versatile fisherman and one of the few Northwesterners to excel in a sport where Southern and Eastern anglers almost always own homefield advantage. Among his national tournament wins, Clausen’s resume cites one spectacular statistic: One of only four anglers to win both a Bassmaster Classic and an FLW Championship.
In 2018, even after a serious accident placed Clausen on the IR list, the positive philosophy persisted. “I never doubted I’d return to professional fishing,” he recalls. Despite broken ribs, a separated and broken shoulder and a concussion, Clausen was already casting again within a month of his accident.
Following a successful return season in 2019, the Spokane, Washington resident savored some downtime with his family, as well as a chance to hunt elk, recharge and return to his roots.
“This is a special place,” he observes, referring to Coeur d’ Alene Lake, Idaho, the majestic, diverse waterway that taught him how to catch bass—shallow, deep and in between. “There’s no place I’d rather be.”