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About Bob Downey

The Bassmaster Elite Series is the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments. Gateway is proud to be a sponsor for Bob as he competes for the Elite Series title. Bob qualified for this tournament by finishing fifth in the 2019 Bassmaster Central Open Angler of the Year standing. He recently signed with Rapala’s Pro Team which he will represent at the Elite Series. Bob is now a member of Minnesota B.A.S.S Nation. While he credits his parents, Bruce and Sue, his grandfather Art, and his many uncles for introducing him to fishing, he says he is also inspired by some of Minnesota’s fishing professionals such as Jim Mona and Seth Feider.

Bob Downey Boat Picture

While Bob now lives in Hudson, Wisconsin, he was born and raised in Minnesota. He caught his first bass when he was only 2 years old and has had a passion for fishing ever since. He grew up fishing at his grandfather’s cabin in northern Minnesota which allowed him to grow as a fisherman. He could always be found out at the dock or on his johnboat. Bob has always been a big fan of Bassmaster and learned a lot of techniques growing up from their magazines and television episodes. When Bob turned 14, he joined the Bassin’ Boys club and started fishing in Jr. B.A.S.S Nation tournaments. After he turned 18, he became a part of the Lakes Area Bassmaster where he started competing against adults.


He became a part of the University of Iowa’s team in 2006 where he then began competing in Bassmaster and FLW college tournaments. This allowed him to travel all over the US and gain experience in different bodies of water. He credits this as part of the reason he was successful in the Opens in 2019. Bob’s passion has brought him a long way in his career and we at Gateway are very excited to watch him compete for the Elite Series title.

June 10-13 Lake Eufaula results

After two days of fishing on Lake Eufaula, Bob Downey caught a total of 10 fish weighing in at 30.8 pounds. Overall, he placed 51st in the tournament and took home $2500.

July 14-17 Lake Cayuga

The third stop in the Bassmaster Elite Series will be held at Lake Cayuga in Union Springs, New York. This tournament will take place July 14-17. Bob will be competing again for the $100,000 prize, a trophy, and Bassmaster Elite Series title.

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