Jason Williamson paying it forward

Jason Williamson’s accomplishments on the Bassmaster Elite Series compare admirably with some of the most successful anglers of his generation.

Since qualifying 13 years ago for the most-competitive bass fishing circuit in the world, the South Carolina pro has two tournament victories (2009 at Lake Amistad and 2010 at Clark’s Hill Reservoir,) a dozen and a half Top-10 finishes and more than $1 million in earnings.

Those are tremendous highlights, of course, but ask Williamson what the most rewarding moment of his career has been to date, and he’ll mention something other than cashing checks or hoisting a couple big blue trophy over his head.

Instead, the 38-year old Williamson will tell you that his current side job as coach of the Aiken Youth Bassmasters fishing team is as fulfilling as anything he’s done in a long time.

That’s in large part because of the kids he’s coaching.

The Aiken Youth Bassmasters team is composed of four teenage anglers – Williamson’s two sons (Brycen and Landon,) his younger brother (Dustin) and a family friend (Nathan Boatwright.) And though the team is relatively new to competitive bass fishing, its members already are producing results that make the veteran pro (and newcomer coach) proud.