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Meet Alabama Rookie Keith Poche

Rookie Keith Poche makes his Elite Series debut today. (Photo courtesy of BASS)

As I am sure many of our readers have noticed, the Armchair Anglers are biased towards Alabama.  This was not the original plan when we started this blog and podcast—it just kind of evolved that way.

While visiting our podcast, our friend Kent Brown from Ultimate Bass Radio took a few good natured jabs at our beloved state and the fishermen in it.  After that I thought hey, there is nothing wrong with showing a little pride in the hometown heroes.

With that in mind I have to say that it would make me extremely happy to see an Alabama angler win these tournaments in California AGAIN.  Import Alabamian Aaron Martens could easily win the Duel in the Delta…AGAIN.  Or Native Alabamian Steve Kennedy could win the Golden State Shootout. AGAIN.

What would be even more cool is to see the ultimate underdog from Alabama win.  With that in mind I would like to introduce you to the Keith Poche.  Keith is the only rookie that calls Alabama home competing on the Elite Series this year.

Keith is originally from Natchitoches, Louisiana and moved to Alabama to attend Troy University and play running back on their football team.   Keith says he always liked to fish but was never introduced to tournament bass fishing back home.   “Alabama is where my fishing career started”, says Keith.

After a shoulder injury ended his football playing, Keith was fishing a county pond out of an aluminum boat just like he had done countless times as a kid.   A man named Daniel Sanders noticed Keith fishing and struck up a conversation.  Little did Mr. Sanders know what kind of an impact he would have on Keith’s life with that simple conversation.

Mr. Sanders ended up inviting Keith to fish with him in a club tournament with the Little Oak Bass Club.  “I just loved it”, Keith explains, “the excitement of it, the thrill of the competition, the suspense of what everyone else caught—I was hooked.”

Keep in mind that we are not talking about ancient history here.  We are only talking a few short years ago that Keith had never fished a tournament.   My how quickly things change.  As I spoke with Keith he was leaving the pre-tournament meeting surrounded by the legends of the sport.  Today he competing going toe to toe against those legends.

“It is pretty neat to be in the same room with these guys.  As far as the competition, I think I can compete with them.  I’m not saying I’m going to go out and beat all these guys, but I am a hard worker and a good fishermen.  I can make a good showing this year”, Keith explained with appropriate amount of respectful confidence.

I asked Keith what was the furthest West he ever fished.  “Lake Sam Rayburn last year in the Central Open” he responded.  Google maps tells me that the California Delta is a mere 1,613 miles further West that Mr. Poche has ever fished.

Quite the journey for a regular guy who was pond fishing out of a john boat a short time ago.  And I’m not talking about the drive.

Keith’s main sponsors are Skeeter Boats and NetBait.

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  1. BP
    March 13, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Well that start for Keith is as brutal as it can get. None of the Rookies did particulary well, but he dug himself a serious hole.

  2. JM
    March 30, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    How about that 45th finish on Clear Lake! He did a good job bouncing back. Everyone has good and bad tournament. Way to go Keith! Keep it up.

  3. dw
    April 6, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I wish the best of luck to keith,anyone that has made it that far that fast had to have more than just luck on his side.poche looks like a presentable young man I’m surprised big money sponsors aren’t knocking down his door.if he can stay in the top 50 this year he should have a long successful career ahead of him.

    January 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    3 bedroom cottage,double slit covered dock with power..Located in the White Water Creek area of West Point Lake,Lagrange, Ga… Available for your use at no charge for the Elite series tournament in May..Please reply if interested..

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