“Winners never quit and quitters never win” – Vince Lombardi
When Vince Lombardi, legendary NFL coach, spoke these words, he meant them. One thing he didn’t know is that his words would be motivation to a man he never met. Meet Clay Dyer, professional sports bass fisherman, from Hamilton, Alabama. Dyer was born without any lower limbs, no arm on the left side and a partial arm on the right. However, these limitations did not keep him from competing in fishing tournaments starting at age 15.
Since day 1 Clay Dyer has never quit. He has pushed through his physical disabilities to become a professional bass fisherman. He started fishing at age 5 and began tournament fishing at age 15. He refuses to use any type of special equipment, wanting to cast with one hand as others do with two.
He casts by tucking the rod under his jaw and whipping it around with a quick left-to-right twist. He reels fish in while holding the end of the rod under his chin. He ties knots with his tongue and unhooks fish with his teeth. If there were ever an inspiring athlete someone should look up to or hope to meet, it would be Clay Dyer.
Dyer currently fishes on the Bassmaster Southern Open Series. He has fished more than 200 bass tournaments and placed first in approximately 20 state bass tournaments. O.R.C.A., Ranger Boats and Mercury Marine, currently sponsor him.
Clay runs a ton of Rigid Industries LED Lights on his boat and truck. On his boat he runs Rigid Industries LED Lighting the Brandon Palaniuk – Signature Series – Deck Light Kit and a Trolling Motor Mount Light Kit. Clay also runs a Rigid Industries LED Back Up Light Kit on his truck.
Dyer’s biography, The View From Down Here is Just Fine, was written by Scot Laney. Dyer is also the subject of chapters in three other books: Living Life in the Zone, Performance Intelligence at Work, and Dance Until it Rains.
Clay’s television appearances include ESPN, Fox, CNN Headline News, Versus, the Outdoor Channel, Fox Sports South, the 700 Club and CBS. Published articles about Clay have appeared in USA Today, Newsweek, Bassmaster, FLW Outdoors Magazine, and many more.
Today, Clay spends the majority of his time-sharing his life experiences through motivational presentations. He makes 60+ speaking appearances each year. Clay is also a volunteer fishing coach at Hamilton High School in Alabama. He uses no special equipment while on the water. His gear is the same as every other competitor.
Be sure to check out Clay’s website and Facebook page for upcoming events, photos, videos and other cool stuff. You might want to also check out this YouTube video explaining why Clay Dyer is the most inspirational fisherman of all time.
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