Some people fish for the fun of it, while some fish for the sport of it.
And you may not know it, but one of the very best anglers in the country lives right in Rhea County.
Angler Andy Morgan takes me out in his Bullet bass boat and he knows all about the speed needed in professional bass fishing.
Morgan also knows success. With conditions muddy and hot at high noon, we went out for a little top water frog bait fishing.
It only took Andy about five minutes to hook his first bass.
He says the keys to his success have been not over thinking it and, "Persistence and persistence being probably the key, I think just about anybody can make it, just don't give up. It's like anything else, if you want to be good at something, do it a lot."
Morgan does that.
He fishes the FLW circuit and has won Angler of the Year the last two years. That adds up to winning $100,000 each time. But his success hasn't changed him from his Rhea county roots. "I wish I had a little more time at home. But you know, life's going good. I'm trying to make hay when the sun's shining."
In his 11 years on tour professionally, he's made about $2.5M. But it hasn't changed him. However, fishing is not his greatest desire.
He co-hosts "Moultrie's The Hit List" hunting show on the Outdoor Channel. "Hunting probably is my first passion. I'd rather hunt as fish. I've caught a million bass, I've done a lot of fishing all my life, I love to tournament fish. Love to tournament fish, but probably hunting is my number one passion."
Morgan left all anglers with his advice to catching fish like he does, "You've got to burn the midnight oil."
He's done just that with either a fishing rod or hunting bow in hand for all of his adult life. He does what he loves to do, life's been good for Andy Morgan.
by John Madewell