“If I can’t be there [at the meetings], dad represents both of us. And I’ll drive all night if I have to be home for breakfast and a club tournament in the morning.”
Both men regularly take on regional qualifying tournaments in the hope of getting all the way to the big time and taking part in major competition. “Those big tournaments are a long way from the country store, but I’m trying to get into them every chance I get,” Goldsberry says. “I’ve fished some big tournaments, and it really is something to be out there with so many tournament fishermen.
Tournament fishing or just wandering in the boat on the weekend, Goldsberry loves to fish. “I don’t need a reason. I’m just as happy fishing for the fun of it on the weekend or trying to win a tournament.” When it comes to tournament fishing, Goldsberry says, “I do all right, I can hold my own. Dad got me into it, and I love it.”
The club holds its tournaments on Kentucky Lake, so when Goldsberry is out there he’s not just having fun – he’s doing research.
“If I’m out there, I’ll be looking for places or trying different lures or something like that. I’ll be working the lake while I’m relaxing,” he says. “Looking for something to help me win when the time comes, a little edge. I’m looking for places, trying to figure what lure will work at what depth.
“In this sport you can be coming up with nothing while a guy in a boat near enough to right next to you is chewing your butt off with all the fish he can handle, and the only difference is a tiny little bit of different color on the same lure you’re using. Experience is important, but so is spending time working out ahead of time where you are going to go and what you’ll use when you get there.”
But Goldsberry doesn’t always fish when he goes to the lake and throws up his tent.
“There are times I’ll just pitch the tent, find a shade tree and sit under there with a cold drink and relax. If it gets too hot, I’ll go swimming. I live outdoors on the weekends to get rid of the stresses and strains of the job. When I fish, I really put a lot into it. It’s intense, but it relaxes me. It’s nothing like the intensity you need when you drive.
“I’m a completely different person out on the water, or in the woods or in the tent for that matter,” he says. “When I fish I’m really into it, it’s exciting and there’s adrenaline, but I’m not on edge like you can get sometimes behind the wheel; that disappears when I go fishing.”
Goldsberry also hunts deer every chance he gets, another sporting adventure he still does with his father.
“I don’t get much of a chance, but I made it out five times last year and I was pretty successful. I got three bucks.”
Father and son fish the local tournaments in their own boats. On the water, Goldsberry is in an 18-foot Javelin bass boat with a 150-horsepower Yamaha outboard that will push him along at 65 miles an hour “or a little more.” His father fishes from a 20-foot Stratus with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard, but, says son David, “I can still outkick and outrun him.”
When Goldsberry is out on the road, his father helps keep his son’s boat in shape. “He’s retired, and he likes to fiddle with it,” Goldsberry says. “He’s a pretty good mechanic.”