By Tim Huffman
Sept. 8, 2010
Yamamoto pro staff member, Judy Wong, was inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in August. She has fished the Bassn’Gal Tour, Women’s Bass Fishing Association, Women’s Bassmaster Tour, BASS Opens, FLW and Stren Series events. She worked for a period of time as a guide on Fayette County Lake near Houston, Texas. Wins include the 2001 WBFA Classic World Championship, 2002 WBFA on Toledo Bend (6 bass weighing 30.13), 2002 defended the WBFA Championship with another win, 2007 Women’s Bassmaster Tour Championship and 2009 Women’s Bassmaster Championship.
“It’s a huge honor to be inducted,” says Wong. “I’m very honored to be here in the company of this year’s inductees and with those who have previously been inducted. I’m having trouble comprehending this because I never thought I would be in this position. Again, it’s an honor to be recognized in an industry I love so much.”
Wong has fished competitively for many years. A huge win came in 2001 at the time she was considering leaving the sport of bass fishing. “I didn’t do well the first part of my career. I ask the Lord for guidance and to show me what I should do. He let me win the championship of the WBFA. Since then I’ve been climbing up the hill and doing well but there are still those days when I wonder if I know what I’m doing. I hope to continue competitive fishing for a while longer because I love fishing, the competition and my friends who compete.”
“I had the great honor and pleasure of being invited to the White House in 2008 to meet President Bush in the Oval Office,” says Wong. “However, one of my best experiences was going with Gary Yamamoto, George Braswell and Roland Martin over to Germany to visit our troops. We had the opportunity to go over and thank our service men and women for laying their lives on the line for us. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do over here without them serving our country.”
Gary Yamamoto says, “Judy came on with us late in her career. She is a dedicated fisherman and strong woman. What’s even more important about Judy is that she is very proud to be an American citizen and she showed that in many ways on a trip we took to visit the troops in Germany. Only in America can an Asian-American woman fish for a living.”
“She is the only woman to win back to back championships,” says Legends founder, Garry Mason. “We’re very proud to have inducted a great fisherman and person, Judy Wong, into our Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame. To have her inducted means a lot for all of us involved with our organization.”