Professional bass fisherman Glenn Chappelear’s guest appearance on Jan. 4 at the Shoot for the Heart outdoor seminar in Payson will be the first of many stops on his hectic 2012 schedule.
After leaving the Rim Country he’s slated to visit a Monster Truck Jam Jan. 14 in Atlanta, Ga.; the Birmingham Boat Show Jan. 20-21; a Men’s New Life Bible conference on Jan. 27-29 in Man O War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas; a Wild Game Banquet in Villa Rica, Ga. on Feb. 16; and on Feb. 18 to 25 participate in a mission trip to Las Planes, Mexico.
He’ll also compete Feb. 9 to 12 in the FLW Open at Lake Okeechobee near Lewiston Fla. and at press time, Chappelear was in Missouri on a big game hunting trip.
With such a demanding schedule its obvious Chappelear is a popular attraction at banquets, seminars, tournaments, retreats, camps and father/son events.
Chappelear estimates he speaks at as many as 40 wild game banquets a year saying they “are a great way to learn some of the latest techniques and see some of the products that pros use.”
He also has made several small screen appearances including Muzzy’s Extreme Outdoors, Buckmaster’s, three videos and several OEI television shows.
Although Chappelear hasn’t released an agenda for his Shoot for the Heart presentation, he’s expected to share some of his outdoor experiences and hunting and fishing tips along with his personal testimony of faith in Christ.
On the speaking circuit he represents Sportsmen’s Outreach, an organization he founded that has a goal of motivating people through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Chappelear, a graduate of Clemson University, with a master’s degree in theological seminary from Southwestern Baptist, competes in about 11 professional bass fishing tournaments each year.
His best finish in 2011 was 14th at an FLW tournament at Red River and in 2010 his best was 52nd at Table Rock Lake.
His career earnings on the FLW circuit are $183,192 and his largest catch was 29 pounds, 32 ounces at an EverStart event in Santee Cooper, S.C.
The tale of how a professional angler from the south arrived in Payson has to do with local angler Clifford Pirch.
Chappelear and Pirch are friends having met on the FLW circuit.
Pirch told his friend of the Shoot for the Heart series and convinced him to make a guest appearance.
It seems Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Stephen Drew is a buddy of Chappelear, partly because the two share a passion for the outdoors.
So, Chappelear phoned Drew and asked him if he too would like to make an appearance in Payson and the pro ball player agreed.
Ranger Boats, Yamaha Motors, Strike Kin Lures and Gamakatsu hooks sponsor him.
The Shoot for the Heart seminar will begin about 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Mountain Bible Church, 302 E. Rancho Rd., Payson.
For more information on Shoot for the Heart, call (928) 472-7800.