The Student Spotlight
“Locust Fork High School’s Bass Fisherman”
Andy Goode is an 18 year old Senior raised in Locust Fork. Throughout Andy’s life, he has watched his uncle fish in tournaments and he has watched fishing on T.V. At the age of 14, he entered his first tournament and he has been fishing in them ever since. He has ented a total of six tournaments which were sponsored by Forrest L. Wood (FLW), the owner of Ranger Boats. Andy has also gone to one Regional Championship which was in Tennessee. He has perfomed quite well as one of the youngest participants in these tournaments. In the Regional Championship, he finished 10th. He has also been in quite a few other local tournaments as well. During the Bass Fishing League (BFL) regular season he finished 36th out of 200 participating. Andy missed the National Championship Tournament by 4 spots with his fish weighing 1 lb 6 oz. less than what was needed.
Andy’s favorite fishing spot is Lake Guntersville. He also enjoys fishing in private ponds as well. During the month of March at a private pond he caught his biggest Bass, weighing in at 8.6 lbs. He stated, “The fish was bedding when it was caught.”
Andy’s role model is Gerald Swindle, a Locust Fork alumnus and 2004 Bassmaster Angler of the Year. Andy is looking for sponsorship. The type of equipment Andy uses is a G-Loomis fishing pole costing around $300 and his favorite lure is the Phleuger brand which costs about $178. Andy uses Spinner bait to catch all his bass.
Andy Goode’s technique to become a good fisherman.
“You have to spend plenty of time on the water and fish with as many different people as you can to learn more, because everyone has a different way of doing things.”
To learn more about Andy’s fishing extravaganzas visit his page at the FLW website.
By: Allison Cornwell and Jon Patterson