SPRINGDALE (KFSM) - Rogers native Greg Bohannan caught up with his fans Wednesday (April 22) at the Walmart on Elm Springs Road.
Bohannan said he is excited to be fishing at Beaver Lake this week. This is the third stop in the Walmart FLW tournament.
"There's not a tournament I would like to win than this one right here, in front of my home crowd, in front of a lot of my home sponsors, so I'd like to do well to represent the folks representing me," Bohannan said.
Bohannan went pro in 2008, and said he was excited to turn his passion into his career.
"That was my dream when I was 5 or 6 year old, so I'm getting to realize a dream and I just feel very blessed to be able to for this length of time," Bohannan said.
Fishing enthusiasts were able to take pictures with Bohannan, get an autograph and get free merchandise from Old Spice. Bohannan recently began his initiative with Old Spice called Hook, Line and Leaders. He said he wants to help local youth develop leadership skills along every stop of the FLW.
Bentonville resident Frank Snider said he's a fan of the local talent, and has been looking forward to the tournament all year.
"I think it's really exciting, it's fun to talk to those guys being a local fisherman I just kinda want to know what their secrets are and how they're doing it compared to what I'm doing, so it's going to be a fun weekend," Snider said.
Bohannan gave one lucky fan a Skirmish jerkbait, a type of bait that Bohannan uses often when he fishes.
"This is super cool, I was just joking when I said I wanted a bait but the fact that he gave me one, that's really cool of him, I really appreciate it," Zach Yocum said.
The pro angler said he does have a tip for the average fisherman looking to improve.
"They say in football there's no substitute for speed, and with fishing it's experience, go as often as you can in a pond, in a creek, I grew up doing that and I just always tell folks to fish all you can, and then start competing as soon as you can and that experience pays off," Bohannan said.
The first round of the Walmart FLW tournament begins Thursday at 6:30 a.m.