David Williams’ rookie season

A look at David Williams rookie year in the Bassmaster Elite Series.

David Williams’ motivation to fish the 2014 Southern Opens started because Lake Norman, his home lake, was on the schedule.
Photo: David Williams’ motivation to fish the 2014 Southern Opens started because Lake Norman, his home lake, was on the schedule. - David Williams’ motivation to fish the 2014 Southern Opens started because Lake Norman, his home lake, was on the schedule.
Williams decided to fish the 2015 Southern Opens as well.
Photo: Williams decided to fish the 2015 Southern Opens as well. - Williams decided to fish the 2015 Southern Opens as well.
The 2015 Opens schedule took Williams back to Lake Toho to start his season in January.
Photo: The 2015 Opens schedule took Williams back to Lake Toho to start his season in January. - The 2015 Opens schedule took Williams back to Lake Toho to start his season in January.
The Bassmaster Elite Series season started at the Sabine River in Orange, Texas.
Photo: The Bassmaster Elite Series season started at the Sabine River in Orange, Texas. - The Bassmaster Elite Series season started at the Sabine River in Orange, Texas.
In Texas, Williams took home 16th, even after experiencing mechanical problems that limited his fishing on Day 1.
Photo: In Texas, Williams took home 16th, even after experiencing mechanical problems that limited his fishing on Day 1. - In Texas, Williams took home 16th, even after experiencing mechanical problems that limited his fishing on Day 1.
Next Williams went to Guntersville, where he was on a consistent 15 pounds per day.
Photo: Next Williams went to Guntersville, where he was on a consistent 15 pounds per day. - Next Williams went to Guntersville, where he was on a consistent 15 pounds per day.
But that only produced a 91st place finish because of how heavy the weights were.
Photo: But that only produced a 91st place finish because of how heavy the weights were. - But that only produced a 91st place finish because of how heavy the weights were.
After Guntersville, the Elites moved on to the Western swing.
Photo: After Guntersville, the Elites moved on to the Western swing. - After Guntersville, the Elites moved on to the Western swing.
Williams started it off with an 81st place finish on the Sacramento River, but he didn’t hang his head and pressed on to Lake Havasu.
Photo: Williams started it off with an 81st place finish on the Sacramento River, but he didn’t hang his head and pressed on to Lake Havasu. - Williams started it off with an 81st place finish on the Sacramento River, but he didn’t hang his head and pressed on to Lake Havasu.
Havasu was a much better event for Williams. He cashed in on his first Elite Series Top 12 and finished in fifth place overall.
Photo: James Overstreet - Havasu was a much better event for Williams. He cashed in on his first Elite Series Top 12 and finished in fifth place overall.
Williams is sitting in third place in the Rookie of the Year standings and 38th in the Angler of the Year race at the halfway point in the season.
Photo: Williams is sitting in third place in the Rookie of the Year standings and 38th in the Angler of the Year race at the halfway point in the season. - Williams is sitting in third place in the Rookie of the Year standings and 38th in the Angler of the Year race at the halfway point in the season.