Watson started fishing the FLW Tour as a co-angler in 2009 and earned a trip to the 2009 Forrest Wood Cup. In 2010, Watson made the move to the front of the boat while juggling his business and professional fishing. Soon after he retired from Realty Executives and became a full time touring professional. He currently fishes the FLW circuit, PAA tournaments, Major League Fishing, and is fishing the B.A.S.S. Central Opens.
James Watson was born in Aurora, Missouri and now resides in Springfield, Missouri. A couple years after graduating high school Watson enlisted as a soldier in the U.S. Army. He quickly established himself as an exceptional leader and was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. His favorite time while in the Army was the two years spent as a Basie Combat Training Drill Sergeant.
He was honorably discharged in 2001 and went to work as a real estate sales agent. He opened a Realty Executive franchise and has seen great success in the industry with over a $100 million in residential home sales.
- FLW Cup Appearances: 2
- FLW Top Tens: 6
- FLW Total Events Fished: 68
- PAA Wins: 1
“I’ve been fishing with Luck-E-Strike baits since I was six years old. Every year the company’s product line gets better and better. I truly believe they are some of the best baits on the market.“