This week on “The Tech of Sports” Dan Saknini -Tournament Fisherman, Lanier Striper Club, Lanier Crappie Angler’s Club
Dan Saknini is a tournament fisherman who lives on Lake Lanier in Georgia. He is a former President of The Lanier Striper Club and is current President and co-founder of the Lanier Crappie Angler’s Club. He’s the winner of the 2008-2009 and the 2010-2011 Lanier Striper Club Pro Class Cumulative Tournament. Dan also is the co-founder of the Lanier Striper Club Fun Fest, and he has worked with the Corps of Engineers on numerous conservation projects. He also helps promote fishing to kids, seniors and those with special needs. A hosting captain for the Atlanta Falcons/Wounded Warrior Annual Outing on Lake Lanier, Dan is my “go to” guy when it comes to everything fishing.
1. How are they biting so far in 2012?
2. Like any sport, technology has invaded the fishing industry. What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in fishing technology over the years you’ve been on the water?
3. Bass fishing has become huge and now garners television time. Guys like Kevin VanDam, Skeet Reece and David Dudley are millionaires because of professional fishing. Has all this exposure been good for the fishing industry overall?
4. You’ve helped start and run a great event, The Lanier Striper Club Fun Fest. How did you come up with the idea and tell us a little about that event.
5. There is some unique technology used at the Fun Fest including weighing the fish virtually. How is that possible? (Fish are measured accurately on a certified board and pictures e-mailed to tournament headquarters to determine weight)
6. AT&T and Samsung were partners in the Fun Fest. What did they bring to the table? How accurate is that; wieghing the fish by taking a picture? And response from participants in the tournament?
7. You’ve been involved in some great causes and programs at Lake Lanier –
- Courtesy Dock Program
- Corps of Engineering Fish Pond
- How about partnering up with the Atlanta Falcons for the “Wounded Warrior Outing”
9. How important is is now for lakes and fishing holes to start a “green” initiative?
10. The one piece of technology you can’t live without on or off the lake?