Georgia pro Micah Frazier claimed his first tour-level win this past weekend on New York’s St. Lawrence River, coming back from 10th after Saturday to claim the crown. Fish fans might’ve been surprised by the location of his first big victory, but anyone who’s been following his career for a while probably knew it was coming. He’s fished three of the last four Bassmaster Classics and barring an epic collapse will fish another one at Guntersville in March.
Before coming to the Elites for the 2015 season, he fished the FLW Tour for five seasons, starting before his 22nd birthday in 2010. He qualified for two Cups along the way.
I’m proud to say that I followed his career even before that milestone, dating back to 2005, when he won a BFL as a 16 year-old high school student, making him the youngest angler to earn that title. I wasn’t particularly prescient – I was assigned to write about his win by the now-defunct BassFanArmy website, an offshoot of the still-alive BassFan.com. I wrote that he “gave the $4,368 first-place check, plus the $1,000 in Ranger Cup money he earned, back to his father. It’ll be put toward the purchase of a new Ranger Z21.” No word on whether any portion of the more recent check will be distributed to family members.
He stated at the time that he wanted to qualify for the FLW Tour by the time he graduated from college. He did not predict the date of his first Elite Series win, which makes sense, because the Elite Series did not commence until the 2006 season.
As far as I know, it was the first article written about him in a major fishing publication or website. That and a buck will get you a couple of Ned Rig jigheads. It’s not that I feel I did anything special, but rather a marker that I’ve been around long enough now to see some dreams come true and to see others fall by the wayside. Oddly enough, I’m not sure that I’ve worked with him since then in the course of a thousand or so articles. I may be mistaken, but if I’m not it appears that I need to rectify that in a hurry.