North Carolina Newspapers

    Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln Counties
Area News of Churches and Related Christian Events
VOL. I NO. 9
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1992
pol REPUBLIC NEWSPAPERS
Guy Eaker fishes with President Bush
By DEBRA HELTON
Almost everyone is fa-
miliar with George Bush's
interest in bass fishing by
now, noting that when his
busy schedule allows, the
sport clearly enjoys a prior-
ity position on his agenda.
Bush took
Saturday from campaigning
for an afternoon of fishing
at the invitation of long
time friend Ray Scott,
founder and president of
Bass Masters Classic,
which hosted an Eagles of
Angling tournament for a
church benefit. The tourna-
ment was held on Scott's
private lake in Pintlala,
Ala., near Montgomery.
Guy and Pat Eaker
were aware that the
President would probably
attend if his schedule would
allow, as he did last year
when the church's first
fundraising tournament
took place. Eaker won last
year's tournament with
partner Charlie Ingram of
Columbia, Tenn., and so
had had the opportunity to
meet Bush, although he
had not fished with him.
But in a series of
events Friday, Eaker
learned that this time the
President would be fishing
in the boat with him and
his partner.
In a flurry of activity
that began upon the
Eakers' arrival in Pintlala,
arrangements were made
and the boat prepared for
their dignified guest. (Even
the carpeting in the boat
was removed as it was
searched by secret service-
time
(Left to right) Guy Eaker, Ray Scott, Pat Eaker, President Bush and his son, George Bush Jr. enjoy the day's activities.
men.)
When Bush was de-
tained in Pensacola, Fla.
Saturday morning, George
Bush Jr. fished with Eaker
until Bush arrived, allow-
ing the President time to
visit with the fishermen's
wives until the teams broke
for lunch.
"What impressed me
.most about him when he
arrived at the lake was how
friendly he was to all of us,"
Pat recounts. "Ray Scott
was walking with him
around the lake and he of-
fered to introduce him to
the wives," she said.
It was Bush's reaction
to their meeting that so as-
tounded Pat: Bush hugged
each of them.
"He's so down to earth
and so nice," she said. "He
stayed there visiting with
us waiting for them to stop
for lunch when he could be-
gin fishing."
When the teams re-
turned, Bush replaced his
son in Eaker's boat and lent
his full attention to the
task at hand -- they were,
after all, participating in a
fishing tournament.
Although the number of se-
cret service boats around
them most certainly affect-
ed the numbers of fish, the -
team stayed busy and as
the President lifted a
thrashing bass into the
boat, a loose hook became
embedded in his thumb.
With time of the
essence, Bush rejected the
opportunity for his own doc-
tor (in another boat only
about 20 feet away) to re-
move the hook and instead
asked Eaker to help.
Some aspects of fishing
are far from entertaining.
The removal of the hook re-
quired pressing the point
on through the flesh, clip-
ping the barb and pulling .
the remaining metal back
through the thumb.
Bush was apparently
unaffected by the incident,
returning immediately to
his fishing and going on to
catch several more bass.
At the tournament's
end, Eaker's team, Bush's
catches included, finished
in 6th place with 24 pounds
of bass. (All fish were re-
See Bush, Page 2
    

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