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Shelbyville-Native, John Hunter, Named Co-Angler of the Year

Jul 01, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 1, 2015) First-year Walmart FLW Tour co-angler John Hunter, cast a spell on the fishing world this week, winning Co-angler of the Year and the coveted prize - a Ranger Z518C with 200-hp outboard.

“My main goal when I signed up as a co-angler was to win this title,” says the 23-year-old professional fisherman. “It feels amazing for that goal to come true.”

Hunter’s tour season began with a third-place showing on Lake Toho. From there he netted sixth on Lewis Smith. He hit rocky waters on Beaver and Eufaula, posting his worst finishes of the season – 33rd and 38th. He came back with another top 10 (ninth place) on Chickamauga and caught the big one with 16th on the Potomac last week.

Earlier this year, Texas Roadhouse partnered with Hunter, as he began making waves across the competitive fishing world. John ended the season ranked as the number one co-angler on the FLW tour. John also posted a fifth place finish in the Southern Rayovac as a boater last month.

“Texas Roadhouse has a long history of supporting rising stars,” said Travis Doster, Senior Director of Public Relations. “We’re excited to be part of John’s journey as he pursues his dream of being a professional fisherman.”

John was hooked at the age of five, after his Uncle Jimmy introduced him to bass fishing and deep sea fishing. Throughout high school, John competed in local tournaments and also played soccer, basketball, football, golf, and baseball. He earned a baseball and academic scholarship to Kentucky’s Georgetown College. He eventually put his baseball career on hold to pursue his true passion by joining the Georgetown fishing team – which ranked first for most of the 2012 season in the Cabelas School of the Year rankings. They competed and qualified in the 2013 FLW Collegiate National Championship and the 2013 Bassmaster National Championship and took home multiple top 5 and top 10 finishes along the way.

“I love a challenge and with fishing, it’s a new game every day,” John says. “Variables, like weather and water conditions, change constantly. You just deal with those and make the best of it. I’m really excited to be supported by Texas Roadhouse – one of the coolest companies in the industry.”

In the next few months alone, John will compete in the FLW Forest Wood Cup and all of the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open series as a professional.

Photos available, by request. Local anglers can follow John on Instagram at “Jhunterfishing” and on Facebook at “johnhunterfishing”. John’s website is

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