DAYTON, TN (WRCB) - Local professional fisherman Andy Morgan clinched the prestigious Angler of the Year title and a $100,000 this weekend on the final stop for the FLW Tour here on Chickamauga Lake in front of a hometown crowd.
"I couldn't have scripted it any better, other than winning the tournament. It was pretty sweet. It's great to win, but it's even better to win at home and have everyone come out to support you." said Andy.
Because he won AOY he's qualified to fish his record 16th career Forrest Wood Cup next month at the Red River in Louisiana. It also clinched him a berth in next year's Cup
Andy has been fishing tournaments since he was 15 years old with his first win coming in a Chattanooga Bass Association tournament held on Chickamauga Lake.
"That got the ball rolling. I got the taste for it then," said Andy "I've always thought I could make it in fishing."
He made the decision to start fishing FLW events in 1996 and has been fishing full-time since 2003. In the process he has amassed 55 Top-10's in FLW events in his career and is considered one of the most consistent anglers on the tour and now has the title to go with it.
While most anglers are running Ranger Boats on the FLW Tour, Andy went against the grain and was able to seal the AOY title with the help of his Orca cooler, Moultrie's The Hit List, Sheffield Financial, and New Breed Archery wrapped Bullet Boat.
"Bullet is based right here out of Knoxville, Tenn., and is the first bass boat I ever had," said Morgan." I won one of them one time and I've had five or six others. I actually ran one when I first started with FLW."
"They want to get away from the speed thing a little bit and prove that their boats are also very fishable."
Morgan is currently the only tour-level angler on the Bullet Pro Staff.
"We're delighted to have him on board," said Bullet's Bill Hill and Teresa Barnes. "I think it speaks volumes about how good our boats really are. We've been building bass boats for 32 years, so we're doing something right."