Hunter Gregory’s jersey is sporting a new look with StrikeLight and Nelson Development Group.
Hunter Gregory, 19, of Yukon, Oklahoma is an avid tournament angler who hopes to one day pursue his dream of fishing professionally. Hunter has been in love with the outdoors, and all it has to offer, since he was only a year old. His father, Russ Gregory, fished on the pro circuit for several years, which has fueled Hunter to try to make it to the big leagues. Russ has taken Hunter fishing from the time he was old enough to walk and hold a rod. Hunter was just 3 years old, he caught a 7-3 largemouth, which, until recently, was his largest fish. From the time he landed this fish, Hunter has been dreaming of someday fishing on the national level.
Hunter has competed in multiple tournaments, on both the local and state levels, starting when he was only 7 years old. With his father as a partner, Hunter has won several big events, with the biggest being out of a field of 153 boats and had a payout of $2,800, and also a number of local club events. He has competed in both youth and adult qualifying events in hopes of making it to a higher level, but has narrowly missed out several times.
Currently, Hunter fishes as a part of the Oklahoma State University Fishing Team, and has competed in several televised events, including the 2012 Boat US Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship “National Championship” on Pickwick Lake in Alabama. This opportunity was his first chance to get a taste of what fishing with the big boys would be like. With several more years left at OSU, Hunter has a great opportunity to pursue his dream.
Hunter is majoring in Fisheries and Aquatic Ecology at Oklahoma State, with which he hopes to one day pursue a job as a Fisheries Biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Hunter is very serious about the conservation of the resources we have in the fishing world, and is catch and release on all sport fish species.
A WORD OF ADVICE: “Always keep a camera and a tape measure with you. If you happen to catch that fish of a lifetime, take measurements and multiple pictures and the release the fish back into the body it was removed from. A replica can be made, and maybe someday you will catch the fish again and it will be two pounds heavier! Leave the fish in its natural habitat so that others can enjoy the precious resource that God has blessed us with!”