“I got the Spook,” she said, followed with another long laugh.
Coming off the water, Livesay’s Bassmaster LIVE cameraman Hunter Lindsay asked him for the swimbait he used that day. Keen, who until that time never thought about asking an angler for a memento, jokingly asked “What do I get?”
When Livesay said she could have anything she wanted, Keen was keen in her choice, “I want the Spook.” Livesay signed and presented the lure to Keen, who made a shadow box display with a Marshal shirt and hat that hangs in her office alongside a signed bighead fan of Swindle.
“I started to feel bad about it months later,” Keen said. “Man, should I give this back to him?’ I’m thinking, ‘Gosh, he could put it up in his trophy room.’ I thought about it, and I’m like, ‘No I’m not quite ready to ask him if he wants it back.’ Maybe some day, just not now.”
2022 Elite Series schedule
Feb. 10-13, St. Johns River, Palatka, Fla.
Feb. 17-20, Harris Chain of Lakes, Leesburg, Fla.
March 17-20, Santee Cooper Lakes, Clarendon County, S.C.
April 7-10, Chickamauga Lake, Dayton, Tenn.
May 19-22, Lake Fork, Quitman, Texas
June 2-5, Pickwick Lake, Counce, Tenn.
July 14-17, St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands, Clayton, N.Y.
Aug. 18-21, Lake Oahe, Mobridge, S.D.
Aug. 26-29, Mississippi River, La Crosse, Wis