TYLER CHRISTY, McKendree University
From: Bolingbrook, IL
Years with Omega:1
Significant Wins: Winning the FLW TBF Lake Hartwell Challenge in February of 2017. It was my first time on Hartwell and I knew I could catch a limit of Spotted Bass, but I also knew that everyone else could too. So, I decided to find the Pre Spawn Largemouth in the back of the creeks. I did just that, winning the event with 18.01 beating 2 place by over 5 pounds and also Big Bass (5.02).
In 2018, I won the Illinois BASS Nation High School State Championship on Lake Springfield which hosted a qualified field from the entire state. I stuck to a finesse presentation all day, hardly putting my Shakey Head down. It turned out to be the correct decision as I weighed in 14.88 and punched a ticket to the BASS HS National Championship.
2x BASS and National Championship Qualifier.
2x FLW National Championship Qualifier.
Favorite Omega Bait:1/4oz Shakey Foot and 3/8oz Pro Mega Structure
INSIGHTS: I am always looking to spend time on the water trying to learn. Whether it is in the boat or fishing a pond, there is no substitute for a rod in your hand and trying new things. I feel like you can always take something away from a day on the water whether you caught fish or not. What I enjoy the most is the hunt, breaking down new water or fishing in tough conditions.
Fishing the High School National level for the past 3 years and now in my first year at the Colligate level for McKendree University, I tend to get a lot of questions from kids just starting out. The best advice I can give a High School angler who wants to take this sport to the next level is fish, a lot! Don’t limit yourself to local water. If you can get out of state and experience big bodies of water, do it! The challenges of fishing outside your comfort zone will teach you what you need to be a competitive college angler. In addition, fish with as many different people as you can. Very few people fish the exact same way and you can learn a lot from watching somebody else.
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