Mud Hole’s Elite Pro Bradley Roy looks to turn his first trip to the Bassmaster Classic into the victory of a lifetime and considering his pedigree, a big win would be no surprise. From winning Rookie of the Year in 2010 to reaching the 47th annual Classic, see why this young gun and his knack for custom rod building don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Pro Roy Takes R.O.Y. Pedigree to 1st Classic
For the first time, Houston is home to the Bassmaster Classic. Likewise, the Classic will feature the fresh face of first timer Pro Bradley Roy. Although competing in his first Classic, Roy is more than ready to make waves in fishing’s fiercest competition.
Bradley Roy’s journey to the Classic began at just 13 when he took home first place in 2004’s Junior World Championship. After weighing in on the big stage, Roy realized his career path, and knew he was on a collision course with the infamous Bassmaster Classic.
In 2010 at just 19 years old, he became the youngest angler to ever compete professionally on the Bassmaster Elite Series. Not only did he compete, Roy took home Rookie of the Year and earned the respect of his pro angling peers.
Battling year after year, Bradley Roy literally grew up fishing in the Bassmaster Elites and his comfort in this high level of competition says as much about his angling abilities as it does about his character. Rather than falter at the hands of his youth, Roy is known to rapidly learn and adjust on the water better than even some veterans.
This quickly made his high-performance synonymous with consistency on tour, earning him plenty of attention from Mud Hole Custom Tackle and MHX Rods alike.
Custom Rod Building Helps Fuel Roy’s Classic Run
Since his rise in professional fishing, Bradley Roy has made some strategic changes to enhance his fishing equipment as well as his techniques. Roy took up rod building in 2015 and worked out a title sponsorship with Mud Hole, who’s brand of custom rod building is championed by pro anglers across the country.
In fact, when Bradley got comfortable with rod building, his talents for fishing fused with the immense knowledge inherent in custom rod building for a lethal combination in competition. Together with Mud Hole, Roy found custom rod building on MHX rod blanks dialed in his equipment and his techniques for maximum efficiency regardless of the fishing application or location.
Fishing across the nation, he appreciates this performance boost and now with Bradley Roy’s Custom Pro Tour Rod Kits, you can too!
Each of Bradley Roy’s custom fishing rods serve a unique purpose on his boat, but with that said, he has two trusty favorites that he knows can do it all. When Roy first began rod building, he assembled what is now known as the Bradley Roy Signature Bass Fishing Turnkey Kit.
Centered around the MB873-MHX rod blank, this custom rod is great for all-purpose fishing. Whether throwing single-hook baits or treble hook lures, the MB873’s med-heavy power and fast action are versatile enough to fill his boat’s box in any location.
When asked about this rod, Bradley grins and replies, “If I were forced to choose one rod, this MB873-MHX Rod would be a no brainer… I actually keep three rigged up on my boat at all times because their versatility outperforms every other available rod.”
Despite Roy’s faith in this rod, it isn’t his only option when it’s time for flippin’ or throwing a Carolina rig. His Bradley Roy FS904 7’6” Flippin’ Heavy Casting Rod packs the perfect punch to throw heavier lures, hook heavier fish, and then yank ‘em out of the heaviest cover.
“When I’m fishing, and need that extra strength to rip ‘em out of dense cover, this Flippin’-Heavy Casting Rod is what I’m going with every time,” Bradley explains.
Follow Pro Bradley Roy’s Chase for a Classic Win
Putting fish in the box is Pro Bradley Roy’s job, and he always looks to his custom MHX rods to get that job done. Now approaching Bassmaster’s biggest stage, Roy’s confidence in himself, his rods, and his game plan is no different. Plus, let’s just say practice is going well in Texas…
“I’m excited to get a chance to compete in my first Classic, the whole experience at this tournament is on another level,” Roy says before continuing, “I’m looking forward to the first day of competition, this is going to be a great tournament with the chance to catch some really big fish on my MHX rods!”
With his eyes ablaze from the fire of his youth and his passion to win, Bradley Roy made his first Bassmaster Classic one that nobody will ever forget.
After all, Rookie of the Year is Bradley Roy’s last name, so watch for him and his Custom Pro Tour Rods on stage in Houston!