Years as a full-time pro angler: 7
Signature technique/strength: Weightless wacky worm
Home waters: Atchafalaya Basin Favorite place to fish: St. Lawrence River
Career highlights: Derek qualified for the Elites after a stellar season on the 2018 Bassmaster Opens. Since 2019, he has earned four Top 20s.
Did you know: Derek has an extensive bourbon collection, which he highlights while chatting about everything from techniques to building your personal brand on his web series “Bourbon and Bass.”