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America is full of traditions that are passed down from father to son. There are none more integral than a young boy being taught to fish. As soon as young Blake Nick could hold a rod that is what happened. Blake’s “hero” taught him everything he knew, and soon the two started fishing tournaments together. Little did they know that it would be the beginning of the journey for one of the FLW Tour’s brightest rising stars.

Blake was born in Montgomery, Alabama on November 28, 1979. He later moved near Birmingham and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School. After attending Bessemer State Technical College he went to work for U.S. Steel for four years before starting his own land clearing and excavating business in 2007.

He started fishing semi-professionally in the Stren Series in 2008. Blake then went on to qualify to fish the FLW Outdoors Tour and turned pro in 2011. Now in his second year, he finished 25th in Angler of the Year and qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup. Since turning pro he has had five top-20 finishes in the last two years. Currently he has moved up to rank in the top 100 of professional fisherman in the world.

family200x150.jpgFamily is Blake’s foundation and his main support. He married his high school sweetheart Jennifer in December of 2002. Now residing in Adger, Alabama, Blake and Jennifer have three children, two girls and one boy: Jayden, Riley, and Avery. Jennifer is employed with the Jefferson County School System as an Occupational Therapist. She travels between seven schools working with the special needs population.

Blake is also involved in promoting orphan care and awareness by supporting the 147 Million Orphans organization. He brings awareness to this non-profit organization with his jersey and boat-wrap. Money raised through this organization helps provide food, water, and medicine to several countries around the world. He has spoken at churches and schools about his career as well as the 147 Million Orphans organization. Blake has also volunteered with Wounded Warriors and Gone Fishing, an event for handicapped children.