Photo Of: Grandpa Brad coaching Ethan, fish on!

Brad Davis recalls catching his first fish, a bluegill, on Webb Lake in Burnett County when he was probably four years old. The Northern Wisconsin lake was a far cry from 58th Street in Milwaukee where he grew up. He has fond memories of his dad providing family vacation time up north. Brad and his brother Bob even got to fish alone in a boat, but “we had to stay within sight of the dock and cabin.”

Brad won an In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) tournament on Cass Lake in Minnesota and currently competes on the Cabela’s Na-tional Walleye Tour (NWT). His wife Carole points out that with all the ac-colades and awards he has garnered in his fishing career, the one she is most proud of is the Norm Wallock Memorial Educational Award. The award focuses on teaching amateur partners fishing knowledge and is voted on by his peers. The amiable Davis is always willing to help fellow fisher persons with information and kind words. It is no wonder he was se-lected for this award.

Our angler is very proud of his new Skeeter with side trim control for an even, smooth ride. The life of a fishing pro is seldom calm or smooth but Brad is always on an even keel. His favorite lake is Erie and his favorite technique is trolling crank baits, although he has “made more money pull-ing spinners.” Far and away, his favorite time on the water is spent with sons Scott and Steven or grandkids, Hailey, Ethan, Kendal and Bradley.

Shaking hands with Brad you notice the toughness of a concrete and con-struction worker, but spend more than a minute with him and you recognize his gentle nature and love of fishing.