We don't know much about John Hunter Jr., the 24-year-old rookie Elite angler. But here's some info from his web site, http://www.johnhunterfishing.com/.
He was born and raised in Shelbyville, Ky., and it was his uncle Jimmy, now one of his sponsors, who first put a pole in Hunter's hands when he was 5. Jimmy took him fishing almost everywhere for bass, and even on deep sea fishing trips.
Hunter played most all the sports at Shelby County High School, but baseball helped him garner an athletic and academic scholarship to Georgetown College 40 miles away in Lexington. The catcher gave up ball his sophomore year to focus on his true passion, fishing, with the college team.
After getting his first boat at 16, Hunter competed in some local tournaments and got good enough to fish in college, where he helped his Georgetown fishing team earn top rankings. He made the Bassmaster College National Championship twice.
In 2014, Hunter graduated cum laude with a degree in business administration with concentration on finance. Texas Roadhouse began sponsoring him in 2015 for his rookie season in Bassmaster Opens and FLW, where he was co-angler of the year with five top 10 finishes. He qualified for the Elites through the Northern Opens and jumped right in.
In his first Elite, and fourth event ever with B.A.S.S., Hunter finished a disappointed 94th at St. Johns. His Day 1 start on Winyah Bay was 6-10, but then he increased the next two days with 12-1 and 22-3. Saturday's big bag propelled him from 36th to fourth and onto LIVE.
It's unlikely he can make up the 10-pound deficit on Brett Hite, but Winyah has been a big stride for the rook.