By Jessica Montana
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.
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.
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.