Andra Willis

Raleigh , NC

Competition Team: LA

Member Since:
June 2018

 

2021 National Standings

Circuit Place Events Fish Total Points
AFT 307 20 68 137.98 1131

2021 Division Point Standings

Circuit Division Place Events Fish Total Points
AFT 13 57 3 11 20.09 541
AFT 17 47 2 3 5.39 369
AFT 16 36 5 17 30.72 929
AFT 102 24 6 28 51.54 759
AFT 15 9 4 9 30.24 920

2021 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)

Service Ranking Points
LA 2 1131

2021 Tournament Results

Circuit Div Date Lake Pl Fish BB Total Pnts
AFT 15 01/09/2021 Sutton Lake 14 2 5.64 8.22 183
AFT 15 02/20/2021 Sutton Lake 8 2 4.27 7.20 187
AFT 15 03/06/2021 Sutton Lake 10 2 3.82 6.91 364
AFT 102 03/13/2021 Kerr 15 5 5.03 10.24 186
AFT 13 03/20/2021 Kerr 23 1 2.42 2.42 178
AFT 16 03/27/2021 Kerr 36 3 0.00 6.82 165
AFT 17 04/03/2021 Roanoke River 14 2 0.00 4.47 187
AFT 13 04/10/2021 Kerr 30 5 0.00 9.16 171
AFT 102 04/24/2021 Kerr 9 5 0.00 9.74 192
AFT 102 05/01/2021 Kerr 19 5 0.00 8.89 182
AFT 102 05/22/2021 Kerr 17 3 0.00 5.54 184
AFT 16 06/12/2021 Kerr 29 5 0.00 8.65 172
AFT 16 06/26/2021 Falls Lake 23 4 0.00 5.88 178
AFT 13 07/24/2021 Kerr 9 5 0.00 8.51 192
AFT 16 08/28/2021 Kerr Lake 42 0 0.00 0.00 50
AFT 16 09/18/2021 Kerr Lake 19 5 0.00 9.37 364
AFT 17 10/10/2020 Gaston 15 1 0.92 0.92 182
AFT 1 10/20/2021 Kerr 0 0.00 0.00 0
AFT 15 11/07/2020 Tar/Pamilco 15 3 0.00 7.91 186
AFT 102 11/21/2020 Kerr 5 5 0.00 9.58 196
AFT 102 12/05/2020 Kerr 16 5 0.00 7.55 185

2020 Standings - 2019 Standings - 2018 Standings

What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Andra run?

My Sponsors

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What Andra does for a living:

What you should know about Andra:

I love all sports, and am happiest outdoors backpacking, fishing, or running a chainsaw.

I want young women to know that they can do and be what they want to with a little motivation and fearlessness. 


How Andra started fishing

I grew up in a family where I was not limited by my gender. My father expected me to shovel chicken manure just like he did my brother. As a teenager, my Dad taught me to use a chainsaw and sent us to the tree farm to work. The dynamic of my family left me unafraid to try new things and be adventurous. Though we lived just five minutes from Foster Lake in Oregon, and while I did spend time canoeing, my fishing experience as a young girl included only one trip--a completely unsuccessful attempt to catch something with a cheap rod and a can of hominy.  I thought fishing was so boring!

Fast forward 20 years to a family reunion in West Virginia at a wonderful farm named Buehler's Idlewild.  One of the farm's main attractions is a small lake/pond, and canoes were provided.  A family friend taught me how to tie a fishing knot, and he sent me with an EWG hook and some purple salamanders.  I fished all week and caught one fish. You'd think I'd won the lottery, it was so exciting. We fileted that poor bass and ate him (something I would not do now!) 

For the next several years, I took four children camping at a camp owned by our church. It has a beautiful little lake, and each time I took my family camping, I would spend most of the time fishing. A sweet couple, Dennis and Sue Langston, lived at the camp--volunteers serving running the camp. One day Dennis came down and offered me a tip. He handed me a couple of Gary Yamamoto Senko worms and told me how to fish them. I was so thrilled to start catching fish, and each time we came back to camp, I would catch more. I fell in love with fishing.


Aspirations or goals with fishing

Favorite way to fish

My favorite bait is a senko! 


Most exciting fishing experience

I was fishing once, and I was pulling back a senko worm to re-cast.  Halfway back to the boat, it felt as if the hook had caught on something but the something felt like a fish.  I set the hook just out of curiosity, and the fight was on.  I had caught an a 15 pound gar just behind the dorsal fin.  


How Andra preps for a tournament

Three favorite search baits

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

I caught the big bass at the national tournament 2019.  


Most challenging part of tournament fishing

When tournaments don't go my way

Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:

It's a little scary to come as a non-boater brand new to the ABA, but it shouldn't be.  Just come on.  :)


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

My tip is this. Learn one thing at a time. Know that it will take time to learn what some of these other anglers have been learning their whole lives. 



 


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