You might say that motocross’s loss is bass fishing’s gain. 

The largemouths might not like that, though. If you’ve paid attention to pro bass fishing this year, you know why.

As the 2018 FLW bass season winds down, Tyler Stewart of West Monroe is among the top rookies on the tour, and he’s in the running to qualify for the prestigious FLW Cup national championship.

“In 2003, I was big into motocross and even won a national championship,” Stewart said. “The week after the championship, I was walking down the creek behind my Mamaw’s house and caught a 5-pound bass. I told her I would give up my national championship before I’d give up that 5-pounder. It’s still mounted and on my wall in my room.”

That got Stewart hooked on fishing. A few years later he was injured in motocross, and channeled all his competitiveness into fishing. 

After four years as a successful member of the University of Louisiana-Monroe team, he is now making a splash on the professional level. You can follow Tyler’s tournament action on the FLW website, or his Facebook page.