Long before Gerald Swindle became a bass fishing legend, he made a name for himself on the sports teams at Locust Fork High School in north Alabama.
Being a good athlete, Swindle was asked to play a lot of roles at the small school – shortstop, second baseman and pitcher on the Hornets’ baseball team; point guard on the basketball team; running back, return man and kicker on the football team.
But even then, with so many Locust Fork jerseys to wear, everyone who knew Swindle knew the jersey he really wanted to slip over his shoulders was that of a pro bass angler. And so it was that after graduating from Locust Fork High in 1987, Swindle tried his hand at local jackpot tournaments. He fished his way into bigger derbies and eventually banked $150,000 after winning an FLW event in 1998 on Arkansas’ Beaver Lake.
That was the first in a career filled with shining moments, but the latest highlight is one that hit closer to home – literally.