At 24 years old, Michael Neal is one of the youngest anglers on the FLW tour but thankfully age has nothing to do with bass fishing. As many people have been referring to Michael as the “Real Deal” this year he is certainty proving it. Going into the last event of the year today, he is only 25 points away from wrapping up an angler of the year title.
Michael Neal was born and raised in Tennessee and calls lake Chickamauga his home lake. Growing up on “Chick” and learning fishing from some of his super legendary family has given Michael an almost supernatural ability to find and catch ledge fish, which for many, is an almost impossible feat. But Michael isn’t one-dimensional. You pair his ledge catching ability with his knowledge of sonar and an amazing ability to adapt to any and all conditions and now you have the makings of future hall of fame fisherman.
Fishing is Michael’s “bread and butter” but he also owns a very well known restaurant and fishing tackle store in Dayton, Tennessee. He also has a degree in Computer Science and is a coach for the local college fishing team. Michael is not only an amazing angler but also a wonderful person that relies heavily on family support and his deep-rooted values to guide him on his successful and very young fishing career.
Be sure to watch FLW live weigh in each day, starting today, to see if 5X3's Michael Neal can secure his first (of what we hope to be many) AOY titles.
The "Real Deal" Michael Neal hat