Meet Johnnie

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I picked up my first fishing pole when I was 4 years old using a cork and bobber and crickets.  I didn’t start bass fishing until 2009 after my fascination grew to want to catch a biggin’.  Speaking of a biggin’, I caught a 24 ¼ inch Chain Pickerel in Virginia in 2005 earning the Freshwater Trophy Award.

My first bass boat was a 2009 Bass Tracker with a 25hp motor.  I was so proud of that boat! I joined my first bass club, Bryan County (Georgia) Bassmasters mid-season in 2009. Out of 102 members on the club roster, I finished the year in  6th place!

I took a 2-year sabbatical from bassin’ as I was transitioning from military service in the Coast Guard to civilian life. I joined Liberty County Bass Club in 2012.  I came back strong and earned 6th place in the club that season.

I participated in my first regional tournament in 2012, competing against 200 anglers. I completed all 3 days and finished in 100th place as a non-boater. I knew the first morning out there before safe light, I was addicted to tournament fishing.  All of the lights reminded me of Christmas, my favorite time of the year.

Thus far, 2014 was my stellar year.  I won THREE awards:

  • 2nd place Top 6 Team Tournament
  • Big Fish Award weighing in at 4 lbs 15 ozs
  • Club Champion Award for earning the most points in the club

Why I fish:

Fishing relaxes me. That first tug I feel on my line, makes my heart beat so hard. I love sharing my stories with others and introducing this fascinating sport to young people.

Facts:

  • Hometown: Kinston, NC
  • Birthday: February 12, 1977
  • Current home: Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Spouse: Thomasina (Thommi) Odom Lawson
  • Child: Son, Sean
  • Favorite food: Cake!
  • Favorite Beverage: Cabernet Sauvignon, of course!
  • Favorite Exercise: Eating cake
  • Favorite Holiday: Christmas
  • Favorite Music: Old school R & B