A Long Way From Waxahachie

Photo of pro angler Patti Campbell

Like many of you, Patti Campbell is proud to display the logos of companies that help fuel her passion for tournament fishing on the rear window of her truck. But it was the BoatUS toll-free phone number on a card inside her wallet that not only warmed her soul recently — but also kept her safe.

Patti was her daddy's self-described tomboy and got hooked on fishing as a little girl; she carried the passion into adulthood, and even married a serious bass angler in husband Ricky. Separately, they have competed as individuals in some of tournament bass fishing's toughest trails and hauled home major paychecks. Together, they are a common site at couple's tournaments around Texas.

But Ricky wasn't with Patti a few weeks ago at 7 a.m. on what should have been a peaceful Sunday morning drive home to Waxahachie, Texas, from a Lady Bass Anglers Association tournament at Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee.

"I was on Interstate 40 about 54 miles from Nashville when I looked in the side mirror of my Tundra and saw my trailer wheel was on fire," explained Patti, a computer guru for CoreLogic in the mortgage industry. "There were flames shooting up from what turned out to be a burnt hub, and there was very little room to pull off the highway safely."

"I pulled over the best I could and called Ricky, but he was 600 miles away. Then I remembered I had signed-up for the BoatUS Unlimited On Road Towing service, and I called their toll-free number that was on the card in my wallet," Campbell said.

When BoatUS answered Patti's call of distress, they did not disappoint.

"The dispatcher was so nice. He kept me calm while he searched his computer for one of their affiliated service providers. He quickly found one just down the interstate. After they fixed my hub, the BoatUS dispatcher even called me back to make sure that I was still traveling safely down the interstate," Campbell said.

"I told the wrecker driver that I'd spent $38 to sign up for the BoatUS service, and he looked at me and said that my membership had just paid for itself about four times over," said Campbell who lists Senkos and Buckeye Lures' Spot Remover jig heads tipped with a finesse worm as her favorite lures.

Campbell is also signed-up for the"Weigh-to-Win" tournament incentives program so that she is eligible to win cash bonuses from BoatUS when she does well in her tournaments.

"What I'll remember most about the whole experience was how personal BoatUS treated me. The whole service just really made me feel good. I'll definitely sign-up again next year, and I'm going to add their on-the-water freshwater towing service too," Campbell said.

Getting a BoatUS membership with on-the-water or on-the road towing and signing up for their Weigh-to-Win program is easy. Memberships are as affordable as $38. Just dial (918) 742-6424 and ask for Kendell, and she'll make sure you're registered.

For complete details regarding Towing Services, call BoatUS Membership at 866-906-0013, or visit www.BoatUS.com/towingEnd of story hook

— Published: Fall 2011

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