Joel Richardson, Bass Touring Pro
can remember when, as a young boy growing up in a small North Carolina town,
I was fortunate enough to have two grandfathers (the late Kirby Richardson
and Fred Smith), as well as a mother (Brenda) and father (Joel Sr.) who
always seemed to be able to find the time to take me fishing. I thank them
for watering the seed that was planted the very first time I reeled one in.
As I grew older their teaching left no local farm pond
un-fished. Bass fishing Expos became popular when I was about 10 years old
and that is where I got my first taste of competition with a rod and reel.
Berkley sponsored a Speed Cast competition which gave away $1000.00 worth of
Berkley products! I was runner up the first year and went on to win the next
3 years. Berkley representatives asked me if I would step down as champion
to let another caster have a chance. Ironically, the timer for the Speed
Casting contest became my fishing hero. It was Larry Nixon who inspired me
to become a Professional Tournament Angler. My competitive edge lead me to
win several local events on my home lake Kerr Reservoir (locally known as
Bugg's Island), where I have been a guide for over 15 years. My desire to
challenge myself at a higher level lead me to the Red-Man tournament trail
now (known as the Wal-Mart BFL Series) where I had immediate success. I
qualified for the Red-Man All-American 3 years running, winning the Red-Man
on Bugg's Island in 1996 and 1999 Points Championship along the way.
Finally my dream came true on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour
qualifying for 5 straight Championships and winning the $100,000.00 season
opener on Lake Okeechobee in 1999.
As for now I continue to travel to the rivers and
lakes of America with my wife Jackie and daughter Ana, who support me as I
fish the tournament trail. It is my goal to be the best fisherman I can be,
a valuable asset to my sponsors and a positive influence to the new
generation of bass anglers.
Joel G. Richardson
Touring Professional Angler
Joel now guides full time in the North Carolina and Virginia
area. He will help you learn the tricks and tips that have made him
a prominent angler on the national tours.
Kerr Lake, known locally as Bugg's Island, is one of Joel's
favorite waters to fish. The brand new Randleman Reservoir is
producing huge catches and fast moving to one of the best lakes on
the East Coast.