BASSMAStER Jim Sexton
Mark Daniels Jr. was born to fish. Of course you might say the same thing about any Bassmaster Elite Series angler. But there’s a special story behind why that statement is particularly true about the angler known as MDJ.
Today I had the good fortune of meeting MDS, or Mark Daniels Sr. He’s a 63 year-old native of the San Francisco Bay area, manager of a WORLDPAC auto parts warehouse there, and father of four. Daniels Jr. is the baby of the family, with three older sisters.
I’ll let Daniels Sr. tell the story of why MDJ is a natural fisherman.
“I met Mark’s mom in 1978. She was a very attractive woman. I didn’t want to take her to clubs or parties where she’d meet other guys, so we went fishing. We started going up to the California Delta to camp and fish. I believe Mark was conceived on one of those trips. During the time she was pregnant with him we did a lot of camping and fishing there. Before he was even born Mark was hearing sounds of the outdoors—fish being caught, boats bumping up against rocks, rain hitting on the tent. I believe, and scientists believe, that kind of thing during a pregnancy affects how a kid turns out. He was literally born to fish.”
After Daniels Jr. arrived it didn’t take dad long to get him on the water.
“Mark started walking very early, at eight months. That’s when I first took him fishing. From then on he went with me every time I fished with friends.”
Daniels Sr. grew up fishing too.