Winning a spot in the Bassmaster Elites Randy Pierson

Oakdale California angler makes it to the Bassmaster Elite Series


Spring 2019



Randy Pierson




Randy Pierson of Oakdale, Calif. realized a lifetime dream of qualifying as a professional angler on the Bassmaster Elite Series and earning a 2019 Bassmaster Classic berth.

Gaining entry to the prestigious group occurred over two years fishing the B.A.S.S. Nation events.

“There were five state tournaments to get qualified to the State Team,” said Peirson as he explained his path. If you won an event, you automatically qualified. If you didn’t, then you had to qualify by points. “My first tournament was at Melones. I took second there and then I went to Oroville for my second event. I won there, which automatically qualified me for the State Team and the Regional Finals. That win was in June 2017.”

Pierson’s next step to the Finals was in May 2018. “There were 11 other states represented – a total of 110 boats,” he recalled. “I finished third overall; but I was the highest California angler and the highest from each state went on to the National Championship; so, I moved on.”

The National Championship was held on Pickwick and according to Pierson welcomed competitors as far away as Japan, France,

Mexico and Zimbabwe. “The top three finishers got a spot in the Bassmaster Classic and won a brand-new boat to keep and the use of a Phenix boat for a year with paid entries into the Bassmaster Opens of their choice,” he said. “The winner was offered the option of a Bassmaster Elite invite and

$16,000 toward entries”

Pierson opted in for the Elite Series and his

life hasn’t been the same since. It wasn’t a hard

decision for him.

“This is something that I have worked really

hard for all my life and I took it one step at a time,

starting with winning the first tournament at

Oroville and being on the State Team,” he said.

“Then the next step at the next event. Once I get

back there on the Elite Series, I am also just going to

take it one step at a time.”


Pierson was introduced to fishing as a teenager by his father Glenn. “I fish a little bit

for trout; but for 33-years, it’s

mostly all been bass,” said

Pierson. “I always wanted

to do the tournaments

and of course I’d watch

Pierson’s Pickwick trophy that earned the Bassmaster Classic berth and Elite Series invite Photo by Stephen Findley/ B.A.S.S.