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Boyd Duckett: Biography

Pro angler, successful businessman, musician, father of 3

Boyd Duckett, a former Bassmaster Classic champion and the all-time Bass Angler Sportsman Society (BASS) single-season earnings leader, jumped onto the national stage in 2007 and has never stepped off.

Duckett established himself that year as one of the primary figures in the world of professional fishing. His amazing success story includes impressive victories, a host of top-tier finishes at the highest level of competition and a well-earned reputation as one of the sport’s most creative and patient competitors. He is almost as well known for one of his patented phrases – “You’ve got to listen to the fish” – as he is for the red shoes he wears during every competitive event.

But Duckett’s story is even larger than that. In addition to competing on the ESPN Elite Series and Professional Anglers Association tours, Duckett is a much sought-after public speaker and a leader among his peers. Duckett earned enormous respect among Elite Series pros during his incredible record-setting run in 2007 and that level of respect has risen in recent years. Other top anglers look to Duckett as a tour leader and a spokesman for the sport.

Duckett hosts a blog on his personal Web site: www.boydduckett.com. He also writes a monthly syndicated column – The Duckett Exchange – that can be found at www.BassZone.com and www.AboutFishing.com, among other venues. In The Duckett Exchange, Boyd writes about competitive fishing and what it takes to become an improved angler. The column is geared toward tournament anglers at all levels, from the weekend club competitor on up.

While Duckett has earned enormous attention for his accomplishments and his high level of professionalism on and off the water, there is another significant reason pros view Duckett in a leadership role. In addition to his career as a pro angler, he is a successful businessman - the owner and head of operations for Duckett Fishing LLC and Southern Tank Leasing, an Alabama-based company with terminals all over the Southeast and Midwest. He is also a partner in a second tank leasing franchise, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duckett Tank Leasing, an operation that he and his brother, Errol Duckett, own and operate.

And if that weren’t enough, Duckett is also a singer, songwriter and guitarist who is still occasionally asked to play and sing at local clubs. He spent more than a decade in the music business. During the 1990’s, Duckett lived in Nashville and served as a partner and manager with two music companies. Duckett’s companies managed the careers of several country music singers including Tim McGraw, Ty Herndon and Joe Diffie - who, while under Duckett’s guidance, recorded No. 1 hits.

As a result of his enormous success on so many levels, Duckett is a popular subject of interviews and stories. He has, to put it mildly, a fascinating story to tell.

Because of constant demands on his time during the past three decades, Duckett was unable until a few years ago to commit to a “full-time career” in fishing. But in late 2006, after fishing more than 25 years at the middle and upper middle levels of the sport, Duckett decided to make a run at the highest level. And when he made that decision, big things happened in a hurry.

A series of high finishes in the 10 BASS Tour Events in 2006 gave Duckett a spot in the 2007 Bassmaster Classic, which was held on Lay Lake in his home state of Alabama. At that Classic, Duckett earned the rare distinction of not only winning the Classic, the “Super Bowl of Fishing,” he also became the first angler in four decades to capture the title in his home state.

Boyd Duckett was instantly a national “name.” But in typical Boyd Duckett fashion, he was just getting started. Duckett took the single-season earnings record in 2007 by winning $865,000. He finished in the Top 10 an amazing six times and became the only angler that year to win more than one tour event when he captured first place in the Bassmaster Legends tournament, a “Major” tour event.

Duckett also won the made-for television Ultimate Match Fishing championship on the Outdoor Channel. He then followed his incredible 2007 year with solid seasons in 2008 and 2009, earning his way back to the Classic each year.

And speaking of the Classic, during the most recent three-year run, Duckett led the Classic two days in 2007 and one day in 2009, which means that of nine competitive Bassmaster Classic days, he has led three of them. His competitive peers find that accomplishment amazing.

Duckett, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina and a father of three children he adores, now lives in Demopolis, Alabama.