James “JMFW WORLDWIDE” Watson, is known for his quick wit and knack for jokes on the water. The real-estate mogul used his success in residential real estate sales to fuel his passion for fishing. As a self-made angler, he equally enjoys balancing the competition and the business sides of the bass community.
As a young boy, James remembers fishing with his father and being surrounded with trophies as tall as him. This early introduction to the industry left him wanting more for his future. Throughout his fishing career, the chase of competition continues to lure Watson, a US Army Veteran.
His 2013 season was the start of his career as a professional angler. With the support of his business partners, Watson stepped back from the real estate world and put full focus on fishing.
Although his career began later than some, James has accomplished many feats since he began this venture at age 38. Watson said he knows he is improving his technique each year.
The Missouri native prefers fishing in clear, highland reservoirs, much like that of Table Rock Lake. Being close to this body of water has proven to be an asset in Watson’s tournament placings.
In 2016, he won the FLW Tour Invitational event fishing similar water conditions on Norris Lake in Tennessee. This first place finish associated Watson with his go-to bait, the infamous Whopper Plopper by River2Sea.
From a B.A.S.S Open win to the Bassmaster Classic, Watson promotes fishing on a WORLDWIDE level. Additionally, James has qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup and the Texas Toyota Bass Classic during his duration fishing the FLW Tour, FLW Costa Series, BASS Opens, P.A.A. and Major League Fishing.
In 2018, he received the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award per his involvement in FLW Community Outreach and his support to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
He prides himself on his personality, often gaining him media attention, which positively promotes his sponsors. Social media has changed the way the industry interacts with anglers and James uses this technology as a way to stay connected to his fans.
Watson added, “Fishing can be done at all ages, as long as you have the right tools and health to do it.” He is adamant about introducing the next generation of bass anglers to the industry, specifically motivating them to set goals and follow through them. All eyes are watching where James “WORLDWIDE” Watson will go with his professional fishing career.