The roles have sure reversed for Matt McCoy. In 2007, he was in the stands at the Bassmaster Classic, cheering on his uncle, Terry McWilliams. Now, in 2012, Uncle Terry will be in the stands cheering for McCoy.
McWilliams set a high standard in his club and in his fishing family when he came in right behind heavy hitters Boyd Duckett, Skeet Reese and Kevin VanDam at the 2007 Classic to settle in fourth place. He was the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Northern Division’s representative to the Classic, and now his nephew is following in his footsteps.
“He advised me to keep my head in the game,” said McCoy. “Don’t get involved in too much of the hoopla; just do what I know how to do.” That’s what McCoy was hoping for on his long drive from Indiana to Louisiana early this week.
“I’m as ready as I can be,” he added. He pre-fished the Red River with his uncle in November, just a couple of weeks after winning the berth to the Classic in the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship. Then, the water was up and a cold front had just hit. He was able to choose three spots that he hopes will pan out for him.
“This is such an awesome deal,” said McCoy. “I spent $80 in tournament fees last year, and now I’m competing for a half-million dollars. I don’t know why everybody isn’t in the Federation Nation!”
Joining McWilliams at the arena in McCoy’s cheering section will be McCoy’s wife, two sons (ages 13 and 16), sister, brother-in-law and nephews.