Truth be told, Latendresse probably has a common denominator with almost everyone. His life reads like a character from the movie Secondhand Lion
Truth be told, Latendresse probably has a common denominator with almost everyone. His life reads like a character from the movie Secondhand Lions. In simple vernacular, he’s done just about everything and been virtually everywhere.
“He’s someone you love to listen to and hear his adventures,’’ Livesay said.
At only 52, Latendresse has carried his camera to 49 countries, making seven trips to Africa alone. He’s worked in Pakistan, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, all over Canada, Tajikistan, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Mexico. Those are just the ones he could remember off the top of his head.
“My solitary passion is bowhunting; my social passion is duck hunting,” Latendresse said.
He was raised hunting in the Camden Bottoms of Tennessee, near Kentucky Lake, where his father started him duck hunting at 3 years old. Following in his father’s footsteps, the adventure has never stopped.
The elder Latendresse was a World War II veteran, where he was shot and stabbed at Guadalcanal. Those injuries gave him the motivation to always keep pushing forward, to reach for the most from life. He traveled almost everywhere and did just about everything.
When he got out of the military, he was a card dealer at the first casino in Las Vegas. From there it was commercial fishing in Florida, then Tennessee, where he’s basically credited with starting the freshwater pearl business in the United States as a mussel diver along the Tennessee River.
“He was my hero,’’ Latendresse said of the man who laid the groundwork for his series of adventures.
If you were to talk to the modern-day heroes of the Bassmaster Elite Series, many of them would say they have one in the unseen, unknown cameraman in the back of their boat, Jake Latendresse.
In between his globe-trotting and Elite Series duties, Latendresse has a guide business on the North Platte River for whitetail and waterfowl called Prairie Rock Outfitters, a place where Elite anglers gather and get along.
Check out James Overstreet’s photos of their amazing duck hunt.