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Austin Luke Birmingham, AL
baitcaster older than Austin Luke. He is only 33 years old, but he lives to fish. His passion was ignited walking farm ponds in the Heart of Dixie, and it exploded in high school. When he arrived at Troy University, he founded the school’s bass fishing team.
“If I’m not fishing, I’m thinking about fishing,” he says. After college, Luke decided to guide fly-fishermen in Wyoming before turning to his current full-time position as a salesman of industrial goods.
“That was an awesome time. I had some pretty impressive clients. I mean, how many people get to say they taught Jimmy Fallon how to fly-fish?
“Bass fishing is so popular in Alabama, the lakes here are just loaded with bass boats every weekend. So I started concentrating on rivers and creeks about 10 years ago. I either wade or use a kayak now about 90 percent of the time I go. It’s not unusual to have 100fish days, and I’m not fishing in a crowd.”
The tactics that Luke has learned while fishing mostly small Southern streams are applicable anywhere in the country that largemouth and smallmouth bass are found. Just be prepared to spend most of your day alone.