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Goal-setter makes strong run for Elite Series


By Craig Lamb
OCT 4, 2012

JASPER, Ala. — Kevin Hawk packed his worldly possessions and made a hasty move from southern California to Atlanta. That happened three years ago when he was 30 years old.

He didn’t leave home to ease the heartache of a long distance romance. Nor did he relocate across the country to climb the corporate ladder for a hot job.

No job. No girlfriend. At 30, what else matters?

The answer is bass fishing.

Hawk had just earned a coveted trip to the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup. He did it after working up ranks of the FLW Outdoors league on the West Coast. The event in suburban Atlanta on Lake Lanier was 10 months away. He wasted no time in moving to be closer to the championship fishery.

“I’m a strong-willed person and when I decide to go after something I give it 100 percent,” he said.

That’s a cliché at best. Strong-willed people typically make strong statements to back up their equally-as-strong personalities.

“It was an easy decision for me,” he continued. “I decided to either go for it or scale back and go back to a regular corporate job.”

Hawk went for it after finding a rental property on Craigslist near the lake. The winter, spring, and summer were spent learning the nuances of an unfamiliar lake. A lake unlike any he’d ever fished on the West Coast. Hawk eventually unlocked the code of Lanier — its vast network of manmade brushpiles lined up perfectly with his style of West Coast finesse fishing.

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