on March 1, 2008 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Gentry brings experience to sports section

SENECA — For outdoor enthusiasts, a familiar name will soon become a familiar part of the Daily Journal/ Daily Messenger sports section beginning next Friday.

Phillip Gentry, who provided a week’s worth of coverage for the sports section during the 2008 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell, will become a weekly contributor to the paper, providing a weekly outdoors section on Fridays as a new feature for the sports section.

Gentry, 42, is a native of Taylors, and is a 1987 graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in business.

That is actually where Gentry got his start in writing, and is now a regular contributor for publications such as South Carolina Game and Fish, South Carolina Sportsman Magazine and Georgia Sportsman.

Going into the College of Charleston, he intended to pursue a degree in marine biology, but left that program to go into business as part of a plan to combine his passion for outdoors with some business sense.

“I made myself a promise that eventually I’d come back around and tie in business with some to do with fishing,” he said.

That move helped him become the freshwater editor for the National Stripe Bass Association, which led to him writing a book on the subject, which will be published in September.

The book, which has taken two years of research to complete, will also come with an instructional DVD that will feature Gentry teaching the finer points of freshwater striped bass fishing.

Gentry is also familiar with hunting in the area mountains, and knows the lakes well, as he received his Divemaster Certification at Lake Jocassee.

He said he’s excited at his chance to have a weekly feature, and said his contacts around the area should be a big boost for his weekly spot.

“What I’d really like to do is continue what I’ve been doing by finding those in the area that know more about a particular subject than the most of the readership,” he said. “I want to find those people, find out what they know and pass that information along to everybody else.”