I am proud to announce that I have aligned with CastAway Rods beginning with the Bassmaster Classic. I literally looked at every rod company in the market, compared price points to quality and found the best fit with CastAway. I really feel like I can promote Castaway because the real fisherman out there can afford these rods but not sacrifice quality and feel. Sometimes you just know when a rod feels right and these are perfect.
CastAway has been around forever…that certainly gives me some confidence. Like so many others, I used to fish CastAway rods back in the day and I’m really glad to see that they are back!
I’m fortunate enough to have been born and raised in Jasper, Texas, which put me within very easy access to some of the nation’s finest bass fisheries: Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend. I’m not sure how many professional anglers have come out of this area—Harold Allen, Tommy Martin, Zell Rowland, Larry Nixon, David Wharton and Rick Clunn did a lot of fishing in this area, to name a few—but I consider it one of the foremost proving grounds for tournament anglers. It’s a tremendous area to learn about the challenges associated with bass fishing, and an opportunity to gauge your talent against other anglers that are as good as anyone in the country.
My Father and I started fishing many of the local club and team events that are well participated in on those two lakes. After some success early on, I ventured out and fished some pro/am tournaments that allowed me to experience many other fisheries across Texas and Louisiana.
Wilson has fished with FLW since 1997. His first victory came quickly, happening at Wheeler Lake in 1998. 2012 was his first season fishing the FLW Tour and he narrowly missed notching another top-10 finish at Lake Champlain, placing 12th. In 2013, Wilson added two more FLW Tour top-10 finishes to his resume at Beaver Lake and Grand Lake.
When not fishing, Wilson enjoys hunting and exercising. Wilson played college football and was a running back at Auburn University. He loves spending time with his wife Jennifer, son Connor and daughter Olivia.
Meet Sondra Rankin, an angler, a hunter, a country singer, a goodwill ambassador, a role model citizen, a mentor, an outdoors woman, a Kentucky real estate sales agent, and on top of all that a single mom.
Sondra is a bass tournament angler who has competed on the FLW tour, the most prestigious bass circuit in America today. Aside from her hectic schedule, Sondra is proud to be the Western Kentucky Youth Director for the Fishing For Kids Foundation. She is also the host of the hit new ProPatterns.com series, "Exposed, Pros on Tour." Sondra has collaborated with Nashville Recording Label, OUTDOOR Music Group, and is currently working on new material to be released in the near future!
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