Voices of Victory: Derek Hudnall

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“In bass fishing, victory happens when preparation and opportunity meet”

PARK FALLS, Wisc. (March 24, 2021) – Denham Springs, Louisiana angler, Derek Hudnall, is entering his third year of competition in the Bassmaster Elite Series. For Hudnall, victory in bass fishing happens when preparation and opportunity meet. “That’s when victory happens,” he says. “When those two meet and it comes together. Victory can happen in any singular moment, or along journey.”

Indeed, Hudnall’s journey in professional bass fishing has provided distinct and memorable victories. “Coming up through the Bassmaster Opens, qualifying for the Elite Series and, of course, fishing in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic… that was the single most victorious moment in my career and really in my life,” he says.

But there was a distinct moment Hudnall recalls when he seized on a key opportunity. “Going back to qualifying for the Classic and the Elite Series itself… when I qualified, we were fishing the Bassmaster Opens Championship on Table Rock and I went into the final day tied for third place. The top three not only qualified for the Bassmaster Elite Series, but would also get an invitation to fish that following year’s Bassmaster Classic. On that final day, I actually caught my fifth keeper on literally my last cast of the day. That singular fish put me into third place… and into the Elite Series and the Classic. That was an absolute moment of victory.