NUBTUCK, GA—In his efforts to teach his son important
life lessons, tournament bass fisherman Kyle Traverts usually reverts to
complex bass-fishing metaphors, sources close to the family reported Tuesday.
"You know, Kevin, sometimes you think you've got it all set up
perfectly—reel drag set right, boat positioned just so for staging in
8-to-12 feet of water, line clean and fresh, good crank-jig with nice sharp
hooks, and you still wind up with your reel spooled and your line broken,"
Traverts told his 10-year-old son during an after-dinner father-son talk about
school bullies Tuesday night. "Just remember, son, when all's said and done,
you're scored on the total weight in the livewell, not on the biggest single
largemouth." Although Kevin Traverts thanked his father afterwards, he intends
to come to his mother for advice on girls when he gets old enough.