Shryock won the second Bassmaster event he competed in, the 2011 Southern Open on North Carolina’s Lake Norman, thereby qualifying for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River. He’s generally considered to be a northern smallmouth expert, as evidenced by his 2nd place finish at the final 2014 Bassmaster Northern Open, held on Lake St. Clair, but he has also notched top finishes on southern impoundments and rivers and loves to flip and throw a frog.
“I don’t think there’s an angler out there who doesn’t have Yamamoto soft plastics in his boat,” Shryock said. “Everyone knows that the Senko is a game changer. What I’m really excited about is the new hard bait line. It’s cool to be in on the ground floor of something like that with a company that is known for its quality.”
Although Shryock, who will turn 30 later this year, is relatively new to professional bass fishing, he’s a seasoned athlete who previously competed in the AMA motocross and supercross nationals before a shoulder injury ended that career. He is a prime example of the new breed of bass pro, savvy with social media and personal branding, and a fast learner.
Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, based in Page, Arizona, makes tournament-tested fishing tackle that can be used effectively by novices and champion anglers alike. The company produces a wide range of products, most notably soft plastics baits such as the Hula Grub and the Senko, two first-of-their-kind lures which remain the standard-bearers for their categories today.