I have really good ideas from time to time and sometimes I have some not so good ideas.
The Redfish World Series and Festival is both of those – it’s really, really good but it’s kinda not so good too.
The good part is that I can be responsible for creating the most spectacular competitive redfish event ever seen and promote our sport in ways never before possible.
The bad part is that every single day, every single day, I add another ball to the 4,386 balls I have in the air right now.
Make no mistake about it – I love complexity. I love chaos. I love stress and pressure. I love multi-tasking. And….. I love this project more than I can say. At first it was just going to be a great big redfish tournament. A tournament to end all tournaments. But I’m just not built that way.
I have a need to be and do the very best with everything. I have a need to bring honor and class to our sport. I have a need to make a difference. I have always appreciated the finer things in life and I have a need to bring that attitude, that posture, to my favorite sport.
So, it wasn’t enough to have a tournament. I wanted more. More for the anglers, More for the parish. More for the fans. More for everyone involved. Thus, the idea of a redfish festival to further the celebration of our sport was born.
I knew it wouldn’t be an easy road but I was determined to make it happen. I still am. I have discovered that planning and putting on a festival is an incredibly complicated and difficult task. The necessary components, from the biggest item right down to the smallest minutiae, have to be explicitly planned and handled far out in advance of the actual event.
To make matters worse, I am constantly thinking of ways to make things better for the anglers, for the festival, and for the parish. I keep thinking of more and different ways to make the entire experience unique and special. And each one of those thoughts carries with it a responsibility to design, plan, and institute those ideas.
Oh, it’s going to happen. And it will be monstrously spectacular. It is probably the most difficult and complex thing I’ve ever done but ……..
Damn, I just Love this madness!