A sick feeling

Updated: December 29, 2006, 5:20 AM ET
By Scott Cooley | Bassmaster.com exclusive — Feb. 24, 2006

A year ago last Saturday, professional bass fisherman Mark Menendez was diagnosed with viral meningitis. He suffered a serious infection of the fluid in the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain, and was hospitalized for a lengthy period of time. After four months of recovery, Menendez was finally getting back to what is called everyday life.

"The recuperation period has been a very long one consisting of very short fishing trips," admitted Menendez. "I'll throw Barkley (his ...

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