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Austin Luke Birm­ing­ham, AL

Outdoor Life - - THE LAST KINGS OF THE WILD -

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.

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