We Salute You By: Paul Presson

Amy Lockhart was born and raised in Huntingdon, a small town in Western Tennessee.  On camping trips with her parents, Amy was fishing before she could walk.  She won her first tournament when she was five years old, fishing a county lake.  She still has the trophy and the $50 savings bond she won.  Amy joined the Navy when she was 17–a military career was born.

She traveled the world throughout her 20 years in the Navy.  A good part of her Naval career dealt with communications. She worked with Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces.  During her time in the military, she “shelved” fishing.  While she was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, she participated in a “Naples Take a Soldier Fishing” tournament.  She was on an all-female team and they won the event. This was the spark that rekindled Amy’s passion for fishing.

As a civilian, Amy works at MacDill AFB. She has the ideal job and shift that allow her to follow her love of fishing.  Amy enjoys fresh and saltwater fishing; she considers angling as a form of therapy and relaxation.  If she is not at work, you can guarantee she is doing something fishing related.  She does not hesitate in baiting a client’s hook and mating for captains just to be out in her environment.

One would think that, after 20 years in the military, it would be time to relax. Not Amy. She is involved with several fishing groups that assist veteran anglers, and she is also moderator for the Tampa Bay Fishing Club Facebook group.  If that isn’t enough, Amy volunteers her time to the Angling for Relief organization that helps with pediatric cancer patients and their families.

Recently, Amy and her mother were featured on the TV show, A Fishing Story, hosted by Ronnie Green.  Amy’s future is bright. In August she will be fishing an International Women’s Fishing Association tournament in Belize.  A short time after that, she will be in Astoria, Oregon fishing the Lipstick Salmon Slayer Tournament.  Amy embodies the spirit of a passionate angler. Her willingness to volunteer her time and teach others is unsurpassed.   Her goal is to reach out to veteran and civilian women and get them involved in this wonderful way of life.  Amy Lockhart, “We Salute You!” 

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