Jim has been an avid fisherman since the young age of five when he first sat down with his grandfather to catch bluegill. Around the age of 13, he bought a small Pelican pontoon boat with a trolling motor behind it and worker his way around the lake his grandparents lived on, catching all sorts of fish, but mainly targeting largemouth bass.
The more he fished, the more he wanted to know about how to catch them. From 13 to 16, he focused mainly on a career path in auto racing, taking up much of his time during the week and weekends, so as you can imagine this took away from his fishing time. Racing somewhat winded down as the tracks he raced at were in the state, opening up more time for fishing.
As he turned 18 working his second summer for his father Jimmy Wall’s company JSI, Inc., he and his father bought his first boat, a Nitro NX750. This gave fuel to the fire that had long been inside him, and he began to work on learning the south end of Lake Guntersville, one of the best bass fishing lakes in the industry. He practiced hard his first year and gathered as much knowledge as he could, even fished through one of the harshest and longest winters in Alabama’s history, to be ready when 2014 rolled around to start fishing his first tournaments.
As an amateur angler, he has notched 3 top 10 finishes and 2 top 15’s in 8 tournaments. Jim has a major season planned for 2015, fishing in the Alabama Bass Trail and select BFL events, as well as weekend tournaments to stay sharp in the time between bigger tournaments.
He also has had some great sponsor come on board with him for the 2015 season, such as Kreative Koatings from Athens, AL, Hammer Fishing Rods from Guntown, MS, Hammer Down Bait Company, which is Jim’s own company he runs from Madison, AL, and Jesse Stutts Inc. Electrical Contractors from Huntsville, AL.
Even with all these great sponsors, more are in the works for 2015. Stay tuned to his website as it will have updates on his fishing tournament results as well as currently updated fishing reports from the lakes of Northern Alabama!