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Zona talks silver linings, 6-pounders and Han Solo

Zona talks silver linings, 6-pounders and Han Solo

(Editor's note: Industry media specialist Alan McGuckin passed along the following feature.)

Mark Zona graciously took a few minutes to frame up these challenging times in America with a personal perspective rich in gratefulness for family, fat bass and even talk of werewolves and Star Wars characters.

The C-19 virus has obviously created a fairly dark time in America’s history we all hope will end really soon. Give us something to smile about, Z.

As Americans, we’re never going to forget these days, but the silver lining right now is getting to spend exponentially more time with my wife and kids. In fact, as soon as we’re done with this interview, we’re jumping on the family pontoon boat. And trust me, under normal circumstances, I never get to spend a weekday afternoon on a pontoon boat with my family.

Fishing and time outdoors with family is definitely a very popular thing to do right now. Give the parent who may be taking their kid fishing for the first time some Z-Train wisdom.

It’s all about action. We’re not trying to catch trophy bass here, folks. We’re trying to have a good time – and for kids, that means worms on a hook under a bobber for anything that will bite. And listen to me, when they show signs of boredom, move on. Pack it up. Don’t force them to stay if the fish aren’t biting.

You get to choose three bass lures to fish with anywhere in America for the next 30 days. Which three are you picking?

A half-ounce green-pumpkin Strike King Thunder Cricket. Second, a 4.75-inch Rage Swimmer swimbait on a 1/4-ounce belly-weighted 5/0 Trokar hook. And are you ready for the silver bullet I plan to take down the werewolf with? Number 3 – a green-pumpkin/purple fleck tube on a spinning rod with a 5/16-ounce jighead.

What’s been your best fishing experience the past three weeks?

That’s easy, because it was one of the best fishing experiences of my life. I was with Martin Truex Jr. on a private lake in Arkansas, and with zero exaggeration, we caught 200 bass between 6 and 8 pounds on a Thunder Cricket for a Zona Live show on Bassmaster.com.

A lot of people are spending an exceptional amount of time kicking around the house in pajama pants these days. What is the one Carhartt garment you wear so often your wife Karin is nearly tired of seeing it?

That’s an easy one too. My black Carhartt vest, of course. In fact, I absolutely plan to wear it today on our family pontoon cruise. No shirt beneath, with my 1991 tattoos blazing. To be real honest, I think I look a lot like Han Solo when I wear it.

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