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Cache man wraps up first year as Bass Pro Tour official

For every person who retires, the same question is asked.

“What are you going to do with all that free time?”

Some travel, some spend more time around what they love and some try things they have never gotten to before.

In 2019, David Arms has managed to do all three, all while becoming a pioneer.

The Cache resident retired in 2011 after 32 years doing quality control at Goodyear. And for the next few years, he got to do what he really enjoyed. Namely, he spent time with his family and he fished.

“I fished pretty well all my life, fished in tournaments,” Arms said. “Growing up in Oklahoma, I fished Lawtonka a lot, Lake of the Arbuckles, Lake Murray, I fish there quite often.”

In addition to going fishing himself, David kept up with the professional circuit. It was less than a year after he retired that the Professional Bass Tour Anglers’ Association (PBTAA) and Outdoor Channel partnered up to form Major League Fishing (MLF).

Last year, while perusing the MLF website and message boards, Arms learned the league was seeking officials for a new competition that would be woven into the first half of the league’s schedule. Each official weighs the fish, records the weight and then the angler releases the fish. The officials also enforce the MLF rules.

Arms leapt at the opportunity.

Soon thereafter, he was named one of the 40 officials for the inaugural Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour, an 8-stage circuit that pits 80 of the sport’s top fishermen against one another at lakes across the country. To the naked eye, he may just be weighing fish. But for a mega-fan of the sport, Arms is living the dream, sharing boats with bass fishing legends like Jason Christie, Mike Iaconelli and Kevin van Dam.

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