SYLACAUGA, Ala. – David Gaston is absolutely living the dream. The 26-year old Sylacauga native and his wife, Sara, have a 19-month old girl named Brittyn Lynn. He is a wonderful father and husband, but he is also a very good angler at the top of his game.
David decided when he was a teenager that he wanted to fish professionally. It is a long hard road to get to the Bassmaster Elite Series, but David has made it.
In order to get to that series, one must go through a series of qualifying tournaments just to get in the Elite Series. This past year, David fished all nine tournaments of the Bassmaster Open, finishing fourth in points.
David’s family owns Gaston Construction locally and his dad Chopper and uncle Robert have been instrumental in keeping him on the water.
Although he has been fishing competitively for 13 years, he continues to work at the family business and loves spending time with his wife and daughter.
Don’t be fooled by his easy-going nature. David has a hunger to win every fishing tournament that he enters. The Elite Series is the best of the best and they have already fished two tournaments on Lake Okachobee and Lake Seminole in which he fished very well as a rookie.
They will fish seven more tournaments plus the Bassmaster Classic this year. The next two series stops will be at Lake Murray in Columbia, S. C. on April 20-23 and elsewhere in the state of South Carolina at Santee Cooper on April 27-30.
Then, at the next tournament, David will actually get to sleep in his own bed as it will be on Lay Lake, May 11-14.
David’s favorite place to sink bait is Lake Champlain in New York. When it comes to sinking bait, his go-to lure would probably be a green pumpkin-colored chatter bait.
We are looking forward to see how this former Sylacauga Aggie finishes on the most prestigious fishing tour in the world.
Good luck to Mr. Gaston, I wish him all the luck in reeling in the big one every time he gets his boat wet.