Fishing Life: Bass Pro John Hunter's Top 3 Pieces of Advice for Young Anglers

This is part of a multi-part series about pro bass angler John Hunter. 

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JB: What are the top three pieces of advice you’d give to a young angler getting into the sport?

JH: A lot of kids think it’s okay to skip college because they want to fish professionally. And my first advice would be, Go to school. I went to school first. That was my number one priority - get an education. I was a Cum Laude graduate with a finance degree, and I always have that if fishing doesn’t work out. 

Fishing isn’t always going to work out. You’ve got to be ready to fall back on something else and support yourself and the ones around you with your education. And now it’s great - education and fishing are possible at the same time, because college and high school fishing are so huge. Some schools are also giving fishing scholarships. 

School makes you a better writer, a better speaker, a more educated person. That’s important.


My next piece of advice is to get time on the water. It might not be possible for everybody, because not everybody has access to a boat, but everyone has a rod and a reel and a pond nearby. Just do what you have to do to get time on the water and experience. 

You need to be a student of the sport. Subscribe to Bassmaster magazine. Get on your Fishbrain app every day. Watch the TV shows about fishing. That’s what really teaches you, seeing how other people are catching fish. You have to be ready to learn from anybody, whether it’s something you should or shouldn’t do. 

[Content edited and condensed - Jesse Bastide]

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