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Hunter McKamey and Zack Edmunds Compete for a spot on the UCF "Reel Knights" Bass Team


Hunter McKamey with the first fish of the day


The University of Central Florida "Reel Knights" 2012 bass team qualifier series began the season on Lake Monroe on Saturday, October 6th.  The qualifying standings are determined by a point system allowing the top 4 teams to advance to fish on the UCF "Reel Knights" Bass Team. These 4 teams are automatically qualified to fish in at least one FLW collegiate tournament and if successful could move on to the National Championship.


American Tackle's leading expert on Largemouth Bass, Hunter McKamey and, accomplished rod builder and fishing extremist,  Zack Edmunds,  competed against many other teams in attendance for the coveted 4 positions on the "Reel Knights" Bass Team.  Fishing commenced at 7:00 a.m. sharp.  Much of the morning consisted of cloudy skies and a slight breeze. Despite the great conditions, the fishing proved to be VERY difficult. 


Zack Edmunds with his keeper Largemouth


Hunter and Zack were equipped with Bushido SJ68/8-15 with the MicroWave Guide System. The combination of expert skill and top of the line fishing components assisted both angler's in landing the team's first keeper (2lbs 10 oz.) at about 9:00 a.m. followed closely by the second keeper (4 lbs). Hunter and Zach caught many smaller bass but only a few keepers. Luckily the fishing was tough for the rest of the field as well. Hunter and Zack completed the day with a solid bag of fish and placed 2nd overall in the tournament. Hunter stated about the day, "We had a great day on the water.  Even though fishing was tough, we managed to stay competitive and position ourselves in a good spot for the upcoming events."


Hunter McKamey with another weigh worthy Largemouth


There are 2 more qualifying tournaments remaining, Lake Toho on November 10th and Butler Chain of Lakes on December 8th.


Angler Profile

Hunter McKamey

Hunter started fishing around age 4 when his father, Bob McKamey, would take him fishing in the local bass ponds. When Hunter was a little older they would float the Duck River for smallmouth/largemouth bass and panfish like black perch and bluegill.  They would also target trout in the winter time using fly rods. 


Hunter began building rods when he was 7 years old.  After honing his skills at rod building he then ventured into fly tying.  By the age of 10, Hunter had become an avid rod builder and fly tier, building many rods for himself and friends. 


One of his fondest memories fishing was with his father in Mountain Home, AR where they fished the White and Norfork River for giant rainbow and brown trout.  By this time, Hunter was only 13 years old and had experienced more fishing than most. 


After graduating from high school, Hunter decided to move down to Florida to live with his father and attend college at the University of Central Florida. Since bass fishing is his passion, he can be found almost everyday exploring and fishing the St. Johns River system but on occasion he enjoys heading over to Mosquito Lagoon to chase tailing redfish and monster speckled trout. 


Right now, Hunter has set his sights on qualifying for the UCF "Reel Knights" bass team and hopefully making his way onto the collegiate fishing circuit. 


Zack Edmunds 

Zack Edmunds was born in Kissimee, Florida.  He grew up fishing for Largemouth Bass and all saltwater species.  He moved to Washington and pursued salmon and trout for 7 years before relocating back to the Central Florida.  Zack prefers the warm weather and close proximity to salt and freshwater species Florida has to offer.  He began working at Mudhole 4 years ago and has become an accomplished Rod builder.  
When not building rods and fishing, Zack attends college at University of Central Florida and saw an opputrtunity to test his skills by participating in the UCF Reel Knights bass tournaments. 
Zack hopes to one day become a major force on the tournament trail and become one the leading experts in all areas of fishing and rod building.
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