Hunter’s path to fishing competitively is different than most. While most of the names you hear in this sport have held a fishing rod in their hands since they were young kids, this was not the case for Hunter. He raced motocross from a very young age and started racing professionally at the age of 16. Hunter competed against the best of the best in the AMA Outdoor Nationals and AMA Supercross Series. Injuries and lack of sponsors helped him make the decision to retire early from racing at the age of 21.
It wasn’t until he witnessed his brother, Fletcher Shryock, win a Bassmaster Open in 2011 that intrigued him by the sport of fishing. In the spring of 2012 he purchased his first bass boat and started competing in local tournaments. With help from Fletcher, Hunter signed up for the Bassmaster Northern Opens the very next year.
He also started making his own fishing videos at this time as well. His films are known as 496Films (his motocross number). He films/ edits fishing videos from all his trips and adventures throughout the year.
In his relatively short career, Hunter is still seeking to qualify for the Bassmaster Elite Series. “I’m really excited about this year, and I can’t wait to get the 2016 season started!”
Get to know Hunter in the video below — Beyond Bass
More on Hunter
Home Lake: Salt Fork Lake (OH)
Favorite Lake: Lake Erie
Favorite Technique: Flipping
Primary Fishing Strength: Being Optimistic
Secondary Fishing Strength: Being Versitile
Biggest Weakness: Not changing areas fast enough
Why he fishes: To be competing and have something to look forward to.
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Book: It's not about the Bike
Non Angling Hero: Lance Armstrong