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brief biography on Dan Kimmel for interested persons...
PO Box 27424
Lansing MI 48909
Wife – Angie
Owner/Webmaster/Website Design & Hosting - GreatLakesBass.com,
AnglerHosting.com & Other Web Sites
Angler, Outdoor Writer & Photographer
Sr Business Information Analyst, McLaren Health Plan (Jun 2001 - June 2010);
25 money tournament wins; 28 big bass awards; 130 career money
finishes; 4 Michigan BASS federation (MBCF) classics; 3- time BASS
federation state team qualifier; 1 TriState Bass Classic, 2 Redman
Regionals & the 2001
my Special Conservation award at the 1990 MUCC State Convention
numerous positions in outdoors / conservation groups including long
board of director terms with the MBCF & the Michigan United
Conservation Clubs (MUCC); awarded the 1990 MUCC Special Conservation
Award; 10 years as MBCF Environmental Director; & 3 years as Conservation
Director and Vice President of The Bass Federation of Michigan
published articles in local, state, regional & national
magazines and papers since 1988; owner and webmaster of
Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, shallow/clear water bass fishing, tubes/jigs,
topwater, jerkbaits, snap-jigging, blade baits
Grand River, Muskegon Lake, White Lake, Saginaw Bay, Lake St. Clair
& St. Clair River, Burt/Mullett Lakes, Lake Charlevoix,
Elk-Torch Chain, Gull Lake, Upper & Lower Crooked Lakes, Cass
Lake, Lake Ovid
shows, web site design and programming, seminars, writing, outdoor
photography, some radio and television
2010 - I no longer regularly compete in bass tournaments nor do I
generally seek sponsorship. I put most of my time into running my
web businesses and working on outdoors-related conservation and
legislation issues. I leave my information up on GreatLakesBass.com
as examples for other anglers who are interested in chasing their
professional bass fishing dream. Competing
in the Michigan BFL & TBF of
Michigan state championship along with select local tournaments, mostly
summer/fall. Available on many winter and spring weekends.
Kimmel is a skilled angler and tournament competitor with over
twenty years of state and regional tournament experience.
He’s worked numerous outdoors shows for a variety of fishing
enterprises and performed a wide variety of fishing seminars in front
of audiences small and large, young and old since the mid 1980's, along
with some television taping and live radio. Dan recently (2006) spent over 3
years in the positions of vice president and conservation director for
the new The Bass Federation of Michigan while continuing work on his web site GreatLakesBass.com and continuing outdoor
writing on fishing and conservation topics.
one of the luckiest anglers on the Earth. My wife lets me pursue my
tournament bass fishing dream. Without her total support, I would not
be successful. She's my biggest 'catch' and my number one 'sponsor.'
Angie loves photography and colorful fall days on the water.
May 2005: Our newest fishing cat - Eli they say his name is (I call him
Goofball - this picture is misleading as to why). He was less than a
year old and may actually make Max (aka Jabba the cat) finally lose
2004 fishing cat - Max (fishing cat means I go fishing and come home to
hear, "Look honey, we have a new cat!") I think he looks like a big
mouse. Max will eat almost anything - he loves french fries.
2011: Max passed away after being ill for a long time. Eli is our 'big boy' now.
Still goofy as ever. We've had a couple other 'fishing cats' but we
are down to just Eli and a little lady Annie that Angie rescued from
among our many bird-attacking strays because she just couldn't
and Moe were our first long time pets. Moe (left) passed away in May
2001. Sadly, Captain is no longer with us either. He passed on 4/2/05.
He was my buddy while Moe and I respected and kept wary eyes on each
other. We've had a couple dogs, but that has not turned out very well
for us, so no dogs right now.
Rest of the Family
I come from a big family... in many ways. I have 14 brothers and
sisters - a 'yours, mine and ours' situation. It's hard to get that
many people together very often, but I do happen to have a fairly
recent picture of me (I'm the oldest of the 'mine' bunch) with my
original three brothers - I had to stand forward (left) so I wouldn't
be dwarfed by the Kimmel 'redwoods!' Right of me - next oldest brother
Dave (once a Marine, always a Marine except now Dave has hair), goofy
'baby' brother Jim and
A Quote - Michael Johnson, 1996 Olympic 200-
and 400-meter Champion
From his book Slaying the Dragon
“Success is found in much smaller
portions than most people realize. A hundredth of a second here or
sometimes a tenth there can determine the fastest man in the world. At
times we live our lives on a paper-thin edge that barely separates
greatness from mediocrity and success from failure.
Life is often compared to a marathon, but I
think it is more like being a sprinter: long stretches of hard work
punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to
perform at our best.”
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