We all love a good slugfest, right? Lots of fish, big limits, shredded thumbs; but such is not always the case. In fact, we laud the big bass bonanzas because they’re more the exception than the rule. More often, we have to work at it — sometimes, incredibly hard.
Fletcher Shryock's journey to the top of the bass fishing world is a great story. The former professional motocross racer started fishing at a very young age. After a shoulder injury derailed his racing career his focus returned to the sport he loved as a child. His meteoric rise from club angler to professional is nothing short of amazing. “In 2009 I started fishing tournaments and by 2011, I was fishing the Elites (Bassmaster),” said Shryock.
Heading into the Elite Series event on the Potomac River, the eighth of nine regular season full-field events, Fletcher Shryock sat in 70th place in the Angler of the Year standings. For the first time in his nearly five full years on the senior circuit, he stood in genuine danger of not requalifying for the tour, but at the same time still felt that he had a legitimate chance to make the 2017 Bassmaster Classic.