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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 finished up my 5th season on the Bassmaster Elite Series and it was a great one! The year started off with an exciting Bassmaster Classic on Lake Conroe in March. I finished the regular season with 3 top 12’s and 9 top 50 finishes. I ended the year in 27th place in the AOY points race and qualified for the 2018 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.


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2018 Bassmaster Classic | Lake Hartwell | Greenville, SC | March 16-18


Take off at Green Pond Landing and Event Center | 470 Old Green Pond Road | Anderson, SC

Outdoors Expo at TD Convention Center | 1 Exposition Drive | Greenville, SC | Weigh-ins at Bon Secours Wellness Arena | 650 N Academy Street | Greenville, SC


2018 Bassmaster Elite Series


Lake Martin | Alexander City, AL | Feb. 8-11

Sabine River | Orange, TX | April 6-9

Grand Lake | Grove, OK | April 26-29

Kentucky Lake | Paris, TN | May 4-7

Bassmaster Texas Fest | Location TBD | May 17-20

Mississippi River | La Crosse, WI | une 21-24

Lake Oahe | Pierre, SD | June 29-July 2

Chesapeake Bay | Havre de Grace, MD | uly 26-29

St. Lawrence River | Waddington, NY | Aug. 23-26

Bassmaster AOY Championship | Location TBD | Sept. 20-23

Bassmaster Classic Bracket | Location TBD | Sept. 25-28