The Big Bend Bass Bass Man of the Year for 2004 is Leon J. Roy V. aka "Lucky Leon". Lucky? Well let's think about what's in a nick name.
"Leroy" joined Big Bend Bass in the fall of 1995. His first tournament with the club, as a pledge, was the 1995 Classic. Starting fresh for the 1996 season he consistently finished at or near the top and by the end of the season he had earned himself the nickname of "The Gun". He had also earned himself the title of Bass Man of the Year for 1996. Leon did it again the very next year.... and again the next..... In fact he was Bass Man of Year for 1996, 97, 98, 2000, 01 and 03. In 1996, 2001 and 2002 Leon won the end of the year classics. He also has his name listed twice on the big fish of the year trophy with a 8.5 pound Harris chain hawg in the 2002 Classic and in 2003 with an 11.21 pound Lake Talquin Monster that is the largest ever in the history of Big Bend Bass.... a record that is likely to stand for a while. In 2002 Leon was on the Florida Bass Federation 12 man State Team. Back in October he repeated that feat earning a spot on the 2004 team... only the second angler in Big Bend B.A.S.S. history to go to a Federation divisional more than once. Lucky?.... If you say so.....
Let's have a look at the Most dominant angler in the recent
history of Big Bend Bass.....
Occupation- Driver for UPS
Family? How long have you been married? Whats a good lookin woman like her doin with a slug like you……My wife Melissa and I have been married about 2 1-2 years .
How did you get started bass fishing? My dad got me started when I was around 7 years old.
How did you get into tournaments? Once again, my dad got me started into the tournaments too. Also the competitive side of me really likes tournament fishing.
How long have you been fishing with the Big Bend Bass? 8 years.
What is the highlight of your fishing career so far? I would say 3rd in the B.A.S.S. pro am at lake Seminole in 2002.
What is your favorite body of water? Lake Seminole.
What is your favorite technique? Swimming a paddletail.
What are your aspirations as far as fishing go? Right now I’m going as far as I can as a weekend warrior, fishing the Wal-Mart BFL and Florida BASS Federation Tournaments.
What advise would you give someone thinking about getting into tournament fishing? Join a bass club the grassroots level. It is a great place to start. It’s inexpensive and still competitive. You can learn a lot more from fishing in a club verses going out and fishing local tournaments.
Any sponsors you want to recognize? My wife! She puts up with a lot of time on the water.
Anything else you want to add? I would like to say I had a great time last year. It was the most competitive year I have seen since I joined Big Bend B.A.S.S. I think with the membership growing and everyone improving, next year could be even better. Also, one tip I would like to give, try something new when you go out and practice. The more you know the more versatile you can be. Thanks to all the members of Big Bend B.A.S.S.