Shaye Baker is a bass fishing content contributor for Field & Stream. He grew up fishing with his father, Ricky, who is a two-time Alabama Bass Federation State Champion. In his early years, Baker fished local tournaments throughout Alabama with his father, and then went off to college at Auburn University where he helped to found the Auburn University Bass Fishing team. The relationships he built while fishing competitively in college led to opportunities to work in the bass fishing industry, where he now operates as a full-time freelancer.
- Noted expert on bass fishing
- Over a decade of experience covering professional bass fishing tournaments
- Longtime contributor to Bassmaster, Wired2Fish, and others
Baker spent his first few years after college simultaneously pursuing a professional bass fishing career, as well as a career in outdoor journalism in the bass fishing space. After mixed success on the semi-pro fishing trail, Baker decided that working in the industry for a guaranteed paycheck was better than fishing for a possible one. Baker’s clientele base gradually grew to the point he could transition to full-time content contribution for the likes of FLW Outoors, Bassmaster, Wired2Fis,h and several other local, regional, and national publications. He now enjoys working full-time in the industry, but has also returned to his roots, regularly participating in local tournaments with his father and friends.
Baker graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Trade. However, the education he nows relies on in his daily occupation came by way of working alongside many of the greatest tournament coverage professionals the industry has ever seen, learning to shoot, write, edit, and add commentary in the real world.
Though Baker grew up in (and loves) Reeltown, Alabama, the epitome of small town USA, he is (somewhat) fluent in Spanish. He has also spent time in Ecuador, Peru, Spain, Italy, Portugal, and France, and has been privileged to see over half of the United States thanks to his career.
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