You know what they say about fish stories. They reel you in with the lure of the implausible, the fantastic, the enviable, the biggest and best. A Texas songwriter, Robert Earl Keen, who always packed Upstate music venues, sings about snagging a five-pound bass—a euphemism for hauling in a big prize, whatever that catch may be.
Nick Rubio has one. “The whole story, it’s such a God thing. I was a basketball player. It’s all I ever did. My goal was to play Division 1 sports. I had four or five offers on the table.”
He was even looking at an opportunity to play alongside a little-known point guard named Steph Curry at Davidson College. But then Rubio played the Carolinas All-Star Basketball Classic in 2008. That’s when that fish got away.
“I was trying to figure out where I was going to go, and I’d been praying, ‘If this is what You want me to do . . . ’ I walked off the court after the game, got in the car, started bawling, crying. I just felt like it wasn’t there.”
What was there was a newfound love of competitive fishing. Next thing you know, an idea caught him. In 2015, he started Fatsack, a sport-fishing app—yes, there’s an app for that.
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