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I’m James Elam, professional Bassmaster tournament angler. I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I attended Broken Arrow High School where I was a high school state wrestling medalist and received All American honors in both Freestyle and Greco Roman styles. After High School, I attended Oklahoma State University and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture. While at OSU, I also served as the Oklahoma State University Bass Fishing Club President for 2 years.

Growing up, and all through college I have always been an avid

tournament angler. In 2012, I entered the Bassmaster Central Opens and qualified to compete in the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series. After my rookie season in 2013, I re-qualified to compete in 2014 and had another fun year on the Bassmaster Elite Series trail.

I just wrapped up my 4th season on the Bassmaster Elite Series and it was a great one! The year started off with an exciting Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in March. I finished the regular season with 2 top 12’s and 6 top 50 finishes. I ended the year in 23rd place in the AOY points race and qualified for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. I have a short off season ahead of me and look forward to having a little time off and doing a bit of “fun” fishing before hitting the Bassmaster Elite trail again, come February.


2017 Tournament Schedule.

12017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic | Lake Conroe | Houston, Texas | March 24-26

• Takeoff – Lake Conroe | Houston Texas | Time and exact location to be announced

• Outdoors Expo – George R. Brown Convention Center | 1001 Avenida de las Americas | Houston, Texas 77010

•Weigh-Ins – Minute Maid Park | 501 Crawford Street | Houston, Texas 77002

22017 Bassmaster Elite Series

• Lake Cherokee | Jefferson Co., Tenn. | February 9-12

• Lake Okeechobee | Okeechobee, Fla. | February 23-26

• Toledo Bend Reservoir | Many, La. | April 6-9

• Ross Barnett Reservoir | Ridgeland, Miss. | April 27-30

• Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefitting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department | Lake Sam Rayburn | Lufkin, Texas | May 18-21

• Lake Dardanelle | Russellville, Ark. | June 2-5

• St. Lawrence River | Waddington, N.Y. | July 20-23, 2017

• Lake Champlain | Plattsburgh, N.Y. | July 27-30, 2017

• Lake St. Clair | Macomb Co., Mich. | August 24-27, 2017

32017 Bassmaster Bass Pro Shops Central Opens

• Central Open #1 | Table Rock Lake, Branson, Mo. | March 2-4

• Central Open #2 | Sabine River, Orange, Tx. | June 15-17

• Central Open #3 | Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Grove, Okla. | October 5-7