Andy Wicker

Cayce , SC

Competition Team: ASC

Member Since:
February 2008

 

2023 National Standings

Circuit Place Events Fish Total Points
AFT 12 6 45 139.67 3116

2023 Division Point Standings

Circuit Division Place Events Fish Total Points
AFT 1 15 1 15 33.78 1930
AFT 96 1 5 30 105.89 1186

2023 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)

Service Ranking Points
ASC 12 3116

2023 Tournament Results

Name Circuit Div Date Lake Pl Fish BB Total Pnts
Andy Wicker AFT 96 01/15/2023 Monticello 1 5 5.73 20.67 200
Andy AOY Wicker AFT 96 02/12/2023 Murray 4 5 0.00 20.57 197
Andy AOY Wicker AFT 96 03/05/2023 Santee 3 5 0.00 18.50 198
Andy AOY Wicker AFT 96 04/23/2023 Clarks Hill 10 5 0.00 13.33 191
Andy AOY Wicker AFT 96 05/20/2023 Greenwood 1 10 5.98 32.82 400
Andy AOY Wicker AFT 1 10/11/2023 Hartwell 15 15 0.00 33.78 1930

 

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What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Andy run?

I run a 2016 Triton 21TrX with a Mercury ProXS outboard.  I pull the rig with a 2015 RAM 1500

My Sponsors

True South Custom Lures -   www.truesouthlures.com.  My friend John makes the absolute BEST jigs, buzzbaits, and spinnerbaits money can buy.  I use the 9/16th Fathead jig everywhere I go, and it catches them!  He also makes really awesome terminal tackle so I recommend you try some of his products.    

Angler's Headquarters -   shop.anglersheadquarters.com.  This is a new company that has some shipping advantages if you are on the east coast.  1-2 days shipping is standard in and near the carolinas.  They have the absolute bottom line pricing along with great new deals online every day.    

LEVEL Performance Rods - http://level-rods.myshopify.com/.  This is also a new brand that FLW Tour pro (and FLW CUP Champion) Anthony Gagliardi has started.  I am very proud to be a member of the LEVEL team.  These are high quality rods that you will love if you give them a try.

What Andy does for a living:

Civil Engineer for the South Carolina Department of Transportation 


What you should know about Andy:

I'm 27 years old, a graduate of Clemson University, where I started the Clemson Bass Fishing team.  Born and raised in the midlands of South Carolina.  I enjoy bowhunting and getting rowdy with my buddies on the weekends.  


How Andy started fishing

My DAD.  I started fishing tournaments with him when I was 8 or 9 years old.  I used to take a nap for an hour or two in the middle of the day during tournaments, wake up, and fish hard the last hour before weigh in.  


Aspirations or goals with fishing

I'd like to try it full time one day.  Other than that, to be the best wherever I'm competing!


Favorite way to fish

It's hard to pick a favorite.  My favorite technique at any given time is the one that no one else has figured out yet.  I like having things to myself.  I really enjoy staying ahead of the curve (when I can, doesn't always work that way). 

But if I had to pick, it would be flipping heavy vegetation.  


Most exciting fishing experience

This is also a tough one to pick out.  The most recent on my mind I think is winning the 2015 AFT National Championship on Lake Hartwell.  It's a lake I got really familiar with during my 5 years of college at Clemson University.  I met some really good friends up there and we kinda formed a dangerous, potent "wolfpack" that fed off of each other.  I became 10 times the fishermen knowing them than I could have without them.  We all had different backgrounds and all wanted to learn from each other.  Never dreamed I would have the opportunity to win a tournament of that caliber there one day.  And to beat some of the best fishermen on the lake in doing so.  Very fortunate.  


How Andy preps for a tournament

Hours and hours of map study, searching tournament results and write ups, and the most important - time on the water.  


Three favorite search baits

Buzzbait

Crankbait

Swimbait


Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.

My best tournament finish again was this past October fishing the 2015 AFT National Championship

On the last day, I caught my biggest fish early in the morning.  It came up schooling and I almost didn't even cast at them because I was convinced that they were stripers and hybrids (would have to fish Lake Hartwell regularly to understand the though process), which they were.  I threw out there anyway because I was about to leave.  I caught a 3.5 lb largemouth on my first or second cast.  Every cast after that was a hybrid.  Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good!!

The rest of the fish I caught to fill out my limit came on a drop shot on some brushpiles that I know no one has ever fished before :) 


Most challenging part of tournament fishing

Dealing with the losing.  

No matter how many you win, it seems like you always lose more.  I'm a super competitive person and I HATE losing.  Even when I get the last place check in a tournament I feel like a loser and sulk in misery the rest of the weekend.  I probably need counseling ha ha


When tournaments don't go my way

I do my best to learn from my mistakes.  I talk to friends that also fished the tournament and try to completely break down everything that happened so that I can be as prepared as possible when faced with similar circumstances again.


Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:

Don't get caught up in the fishing textbooks.  The best fishermen do things that completely go again conventional thoughts. Just go fishing


Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport

If you are just getting into bass fishing.  A shakey head worm is the most fishing-catching-lure ever in the history of fishing.  It will catch them anywhere, anytime.  Other than that, you will have to do a ton of reading and researching, and most importantly, testing out things you think may work.  



 


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