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Today we’d like to introduce you to Darrell Davis. 

Hi Darrell, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
My name is Darrell Davis, and I am a professional bass angler. I’m a 4th generation native of Florida, and I grew up and still live in my family home in Dover. I’ve been fishing the Kissimmee Chain of lakes in Central Florida, specifically Lake Wales and Kissimmee, since I was a kid. As early as I can remember, I loved fishing. I used to grab my momma’s old hand mixer and practice my reeling for hours on end. 

Before I had a boat, I’d fish from the bank or wade out waste deep in Lake Kissimmee and catch bass. My Dad started letting me take the little jon boat out when I was about 11 years old. It had a 9.9 Mercury, and I ran that thing all around Lake Kissimmee. The biggest bass I’ve ever caught was on Kissimmee out of that boat summer of 1984. Still to this day, it’s my biggest – 14 pounds 12 ounces!!! Definitely a day I will remember for the rest of my life. 

When I started in the fishing industry, I worked full time and fished every tournament I was able to. I qualified for the Major League Fishing Tacklewarehouse Pro Circuit (known as FLW Tour then) by climbing up the ranks through their minor league programs and began my full-time fishing career in 2012. This year I added an additional major tour, fishing with The National Professional Fishing League. I also fish the Bassmaster Opens as well as the Toyota Series events with MLF. 

When I’m not fishing for a living, I am hanging out at my lakehouse in Lake Wales with my wife Tammy and our dog Rocky. We love to grill out and have our family and friends over to enjoy life on beautiful Lake Rosalie, a lake on the Kissimmee Chain. When we are able, we love to get out on Rosalie and have very competitive, but friendly, family fishing tournaments. We fish for first, biggest, and most and have an absolute blast. Tammy caught her personal best, 8 pounds 8 ounces, earlier this year, and that was a real highlight for us both. 

I’m also an avid bow hunter and try to get in as much hunting as possible during the season. Filling the fridge with venison is my goal every year. Wouldn’t hurt to hang another trophy on the wall as well. 

I’m a big Florida Gators and Dallas Cowboys fan, and I can ride a unicycle and juggle, just not at the same time. 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Coming up through fishing the way I did was definitely a challenge, trying to manage a full-time career, plus put in the time and effort to qualify to fish at the highest level. Today there are outstanding programs starting in high school for young anglers and opportunity to earn college scholarships for bass fishing. It’s a great way to get into the sport and also learn first-hand exactly what it takes to be a professional angler on tour. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m blessed to be able to do what I love for a living. Fishing professionally has plenty of challenges but also fulfills my childhood dreams. 

I’m on the road well over 275 days per year and travel over 25,000 miles pulling the boat across the United States. 

In addition to fishing two major tours and at least one minor tour, I give my time to get kids out fishing. I’m involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters Tampa Bay and have an annual tournament, Battle of the Bass, out of Camp Mack on the Kissimmee Chain. We just wrapped up our 4th annual event and raised almost $23,000 for the Polk County programs of BBBS. I also donate a day on the water with me every year which has raised up to $11,000 in one event. I believe it is crucial to get kids and families out fishing and to enjoy the beautiful nature we have all over the Central Florida area. 

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success to me is being able to learn, no matter the outcome of the event. Winning a tournament is HARD. I’ve won minor league events and come pretty close a couple of times to winning a major event, but if I gauged my success on winning, I’d stay disappointed. 

Success is being able to figure out a lake, figure out a pattern, make decisions on the fly, know when to change tactics, and pick yourself up when you don’t make the right decisions. 

Success can look very different, but as long as you are learning and growing, I believe you are successful. 

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @ddavisfishing
  • Facebook: @darrelldavisfishing

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1 Comment

  1. Diane

    August 3, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Great Job, Great interview. Very interesting.Lots of information I didn’t know about you & Kissimmee chain. Well done keep up the good work!

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