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Randy White
Armchair fishing aims to hook fans
Armchair fishing aims to hook fans

Boyd Duckett grew up a NASCAR fan in North Carolina, played golf on some minitours in Alabama and Mississippi, and has spent the past decade as one of the country's top professional bass fishermen. So he knows something about niche sports and their rabid fans. Duckett and others involved in Major League Fishing — a new joint venture between the Outdoor Channel and 24 of the top fishermen in the country — are trying to appeal to more than the sport's hard-core anglers. "The competition in professional bass fishing is as great as any sport I've ever played. The problem is that we have done a horrible job as an industry in capturing that emotion and...