Alumni Spotlight: Gerald Swindle

By Jessica Montana
May 2005

Locust Fork graduate Gerald Swindle (Class of 1987) is a thirty-five year old B.A.S.S. Professional Angler who won the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year award. He now lives in Warrior with his wife Le Ann and his thirteen year old daughter Whitney.

At age twelve Gerald began fishing with his father who was a professional bass fisherman. Gerald decided this was the career he wanted. The first tournament he won was the Wal-Mart FLW open at Beaver Lake in Arkansas. Tournaments have carried Gerald to Tokyo, Mexico, Canada, and Spain (where he placed third at the International Bass Tournament). But the biggest fish he has ever caught was twelve pounds at Lake Guntersville, right here in Alabama.

When Gerald reminisces, old memories of Locust Fork instantly come to mind. He played football, basketball, and baseball ninth through twelfth grade. During these years he also placed All County and All Area many times. One thing Gerald learned from his coaches at Locust Fork is that being a winner is not necessarily all about winning. When asked for advice to Locust Fork students, he answered, “To pursue your dreams. If you dream about it enough, you will do it no matter how many times you get knocked down.”

Currently, Gerald has been preparing for a documentary with ESPN2 about his life in Locust Fork through the present. He is also working on two television shows called Bass Tech and Classic Patterns.

Jessica Montana is a Senior in the Class of 2005 and plans to attend the University of Montevallo to major in Mass Communications.