PARIS LANDING, Tenn. - Cody Kelley started fishing at a very early age. He grew up in Mayflower and Conway fishing throughout high school and later in college while he was getting his B.A. in Environmental Sciences at University of Central Arkansas.
All that practice paid off June 28th when Kelley, 24, was crowned winner of the co-angler division in a Walmart FLW tour event on Lake Kentucky. He was paired with three professional fishermen during the event.
Kelley reeled in a total catch 54 pounds, 9 ounces, taking home the top prize, $20,000. He beat the second place competitor by only 8 ounces.
He is now qualified to fish in the Forrest Wood Cup competition held in August.