Boyd Duckett, a former Bassmaster Classic champion and the No. 2 all-time Bass Angler Sportsman Society (BASS) single-season earnings leader, jumped onto the national stage in 2007 and has never stepped off.
Duckett established himself that year as one of the primary figures in the world of professional fishing. His amazing success story includes impressive victories, a host of top-tier finishes at the highest level of competition and a well-earned reputation as one of the sport’s most creative and patient competitors. He is well known for one of his patented phrases – “You’ve got to listen to the fish” – and for the red shoes he wears during every competitive event.
In addition to capturing the Bassmaster Classic title, Duckett has notched Elite Series victories at Lake Dardanelle (Arkansas) in the final BASS’s “major” event ever held and at Oneida Lake (New York). He earned a second Bassmaster Classic “Super Six” finish in 2011 (New Orleans), and he has captured a title and a runner-up trophy in the made-for-television series, Ultimate Match Fishing.
Duckett competes annually on the BASS Elite Series Tour and in selected FLW and Professional Anglers Association events. Duckett is also a founder of and competitor on Outdoor Channel’s Major League Fishing, the innovative and extremely popular made-for-television, competitive bass fishing series that features 24 of the world’s best anglers.
Duckett is a much sought-after public speaker and a leader among his peers. Other top anglers look to Duckett as a spokesman for the sport and the industry.
While his fishing titles place him among an elite group of world-class anglers, Duckett is equally well-respected as a businessman. He is the founder and CEO of Duckett Fishing, the first company to “mass produce” rods that utilize microguide technology. Duckett founded this company in 2009.
Duckett also previously served as owner and head of operations for Southern Tank Leasing, an Alabama-based company with terminals throughout the Southeast and Midwest. He was also a partner in a second tank leasing franchise, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duckett Tank Leasing, an operation that he and his brother, Errol Duckett, owned and operated. Duckett recently sold Southern Tank Leasing to a Houston-based management group and has stepped away from the tank leasing industry to concentrate fully on his fishing career.
Duckett is also a singer, songwriter and guitarist that is still occasionally asked to perform at local clubs. Prior to moving to Alabama as head of Duckett Tank Leasing, he spent more than a decade in the music business. During the 1990’s, Duckett lived in Nashville and served as a partner and manager with two music companies. Duckett’s companies managed the careers of several country music singers, including Tim McGraw, Ty Herndon and Joe Diffie - who, while under Duckett’s management, recorded No. 1 hits.
You can read about Duckett’s fishing and business careers through his columns and blogs on BassZone and Advanced Angler. You can also follow Duckett’s career through his Facebook pages: Boyd Duckett, Professional Angler and Duckett Fishing.
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