AUGUST 30, 1994
Patrick Walters started fishing as soon as he could hold a rod in his hand and has turned what was once his childhood passion into his dream career. Patrick grew up saltwater fishing alongside his father but transitioned into the competitive bass fishing world around the time he entered high school. He quickly realized this was more than a fun hobby and went on to put all of his time and effort into sharpening not only his fishing skills, but also his knowledge of all things bass fishing.
In the fall of 2013, Patrick ventured off to college at The University of South Carolina, where he majored in Business Management and Marketing. USC is where he really began making a name for himself in the fishing world. He joined the university’s bass fishing team his freshman year and would go on to win the FLW College National Championship in 2015 on Lake Murray in Columbia, SC with his partner Gettys Brannon. Winning this championship allowed him to compete in the 2015 Forest Wood Cup against some of the top fisherman in the sport. In 2017, he and Brannon finished 2nd at the FLW College National Championship and 10th in the Carhartt Bass College National Championship. He and his partner Tyle All rounded out the 2017 season, and their senior year, by winning the Carhartt Bassmaster Southern Conference Regional at Winyah Bay in Georgetown, SC. (Qualified for four Bassmaster College National Championships and three FLW National championships)
Along with the FLW and BASS college circuits, Patrick also fished the Bassmaster Opens during his college years and during his senior year ended up 2 points shy of qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series. As painful as it was to get so close, Patrick quickly moved on and began preparing for the next season. A few months after graduating he won his first Bass Pro Shops Central Open at the Red River in Louisiana and finished 2nd at the next stop on the Eastern Division, Douglas Lake in Dandridge, TN. After a successful year, Patrick accomplished his long time goal of becoming an Elite Series angler.
Patrick rounded out his first year on the Elites in 16th for AOY and 3rd in ROY points and qualified for his first Bassmaster Classic. Each new season brings new excitement and in 2020, he went on to win his 2nd Bassmaster Open on Lake Hartwell in his home state of South Carolina and ended up 1st in AOY points for the Eastern Opens. Two months later, the moment Patrick had been dreaming of became a reality. In November of 2020, he won his first Elite Series tournament on Lake Fork in Texas. Not only did he win this tournament, he became the proud new owner of a century belt with his 4 daytotal weight coming in at 104lb- 12oz giving him the biggest margin of victory ever in an Elite Series tournament and also bumped him up to 3rd for AOY points to round our year two.
In 2021, Patrick will be fishing the Elite Series as well as 2 Bassmaster Open divisions (Southern & Central) with hopes to add a few more trophies to the collection.
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