William Hinson

Lives in Cassatt, South Carolina

On April 1, 1989 I fished my very first crappie tournament on the famed Santee Cooper lakes in South Carolina. I finished in 11th place, but more importantly, I was hooked on tournament crappie fishing! 26-plus years later my passion for crappie fishing is burning hotter than ever, and while I still compete in numerous South Carolina local events each year my career has transitioned to also fishing regional and now national tournament trails. This transition began in 2011 when I won the regional Southern Crappie Tournament Trail event on Lake Oconee, Georgia, and accelerated in 2012 when I finished 4th in a Crappie USA national event on Lake Wateree, South Carolina. My string of national success continued in 2013 when I finished 2nd in a national Crappie USA event on Crescent Lake Florida, but when I placed 7th in the 2014 Crappie USA Classic I was certain that I could compete on the highest levels. A 3rd place finish in a national event in 2015 confirmed that I was on the right track, and so I will continue to prioritize competing in national events. Overall, with more than 500 top-ten tournament finishes over the last 26 years, I have had success at all levels of crappie fishing, and look forward to continuing to fish state, regional and national tournaments in the years ahead.

While I have a passion for competing in tournaments and testing my skills against the best crappie fishermen in the world, I also have a passion for promoting the sport of crappie fishing and helping people learn to catch more crappie. When I am not on the water I can be found sharing information on crappie fishing with other fishermen through social media networks, giving interviews for articles, and more. For approaching ten years I have provided insightful fishing reports to SCFishingReport.com and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and fishermen constantly thank me for the updates and information I give. Some people wonder how I can afford to share so many techniques and secrets, but when you have a passion like mine for crappie fishing you want to share and help others find that same passion – while of course keeping a few tricks up your sleeve!