In this series, the KBF blog profiles the Tournament Director of a KBF Partner Club. The “10 questions with a TD” column features both established clubs and new clubs from across the country in order to showcase the variety of people who tirelessly devote themselves to growing our sport.
This edition features Scott Beutjer, U.S. Marine. The entire kayak bass fishing community knows Scott from his KBF show, his Five Live events and his excellent sports journalism where he interviews anglers, covers events and discusses kayak fishing news. We are going to flip the script here, and interview Scott Beutjer, the fisherman and tournament director. Scott will be the Tournament Coordinator for the KBF SouthEast Regional Super Trail on September 12th -13th on Wheeler Lake.
Reminder: Scott Beutjer also hosts KBF Trail Directors for a live Captains Meeting on Thursday evenings prior to the weekend events. Watch the meeting announcements on KBF’s Facebook media to meet the directors and more event information.
- Where were you born and raised, and how did you start fishing?
Southern Alabama, moved to Georgia at 15. Fished off and on as a young kid with a cane pole and a cricket.
2. How did you get into kayak fishing?
As a young dad I was interested in learning more about bass fishing as something that I could one day teach my children. I knew I wanted to do it from a kayak, found KBF and Chad Hoover.
- Tell us about your history with KBF. What was your first KBF event?
My first competitive event with KBF was on Chickamauga in 2017. I caught one fish and sat under a pavilion and watched an old guy I didn’t know (Jody Queen) take home the check. I was asking inappropriate questions and then Facebook stalking him after the event, I quickly became a fan and still to this day find it crazy I can text him anytime I want (sometimes he even texts back).
- Tell us about how you became a sports journalist and photographer. What inspired you to cover the kayak fishing scene?
I’m a curious human being at the core and when I started kayak fishing I was consuming all the information I could, everyday it left me wanting more. No one was asking the questions I wanted the answers to so I started asking them myself.
- You are often humble in interviews, letting the anglers you interview shine. Surely, you’ve had some good catches along the way. What is your proudest moment as a competitor or angler?
Almost no one in my personal life would call me humble. One of my proudest moments as an angler would be fishing with one of the biggest names in the industry for a photoshoot and being the guy to catch all the “Stunt” fish for the “pro” to hold up.
- What is your view of how kayak fishing has grown in recent years?
Kayak fishing has reached the national stage, FLW and now BASS have had kayak anglers on their stage. There are more grassroots clubs now than ever before.
- What do you foresee as the biggest goal that kayak fishing should strive to achieve in the coming years?
Audience!!! We have to find a way to communicate with a fan base. Growing that fan base comes through story telling about all the amazing anglers in this sport (I want us to have our OWN stage).
- Will you work alone as a tournament director, or with a local team for these events?
I hardly ever work alone as I am not good at anything. Working in a team is something I always try to do.
- Tell us about the fishery on Wheeler. How does the lake fish in late summer?
This is a question for the anglers – while I don’t consider myself to be an angler, I have spent a lot of time on Wheeler and know that you are going to have to put in the work to win this event.
- What would you like visitors to know about the region before they travel to your event?
The community around Wheeler Lake at its core is a fishing community. With everything going on in a post Covid-19 world, these community and businesses are going ever further to show appreciation to anglers coming in from out of town. Have a meal, enjoy a socially distant conversation at a gas pump, you will find a lot of friendly faces and a lot of people curious about that little plastic boat behind your ride.