|North Carolona Pro Angler Amanda Godfrey|
My name is Amanda Godfrey I am 23 years old and I started fishing when I was a toddler. I remember standing on the front of my dad’s boat with a diaper on, holding my Snoopy pole until dark catching brim. I would fish all day and not miss a minute. I fished my first tournament when I was 7 years old with my dad. From that point I knew that I was addicted. My dad is the one that got me into the sport and has always been my support. From the age of 11 to 15 I fished in a local junior club out of Asheville, NC. In 2008, while I was 14, I won for the year. After that, I got to compete in the FLW NC state Junior Championship where I won and then went on to compete in the FLW World Championship, where I placed 30th. I have been competing in local tournaments with my dad and other friends since then.
I grew up fishing on Lake Hartwell in SC. I was on the lake every weekend. While all of the family was riding jet skis and having fun I was more concerned about water temperature and what the fish were biting. I remember back when I was in 2nd grade we had to make a book about what we wanted to be when we grow up and I said I wanted to be a professional bass angler. I love getting the younger generation involved with fishing and showing them what the sport has to offer. I do a lot of seminars and shows to teach the youth about fishing and work for sponsors. In 2014 I fished one tournament with the LBAA and then went on to be a boater in 2015 where I placed 4th for the year, placed 2nd in the classic and won rookie of the year.
Every day I try to increase my knowledge on fishing by researching and just spending time on the water. I compete in a lot of different local tournaments and charity tournaments throughout North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. I can’t wait to spend many more years fishing and competing in tournaments. I hope to continue to help grow the sport of fishing for women and the youth.
I am so thankful to have an amazing family, friends, and sponsors. I thank all my sponsors; Phoenix Boats, Mercury Outboards, PowerPole Shallow water anchor, Mototrmate, Yankum Custom Tackle, Foothills Marine, Enigma Fishing, Hard and soft bait Company, Livingston Lures, Vicious Line, Hale Lure Company, Producer swimbaits, and Fultons Tackle Box.