Ever since tagging along with his grandfather at a young age, fishing has always been in Grae Buck’s blood. The passion continued to grow throughout his teenage and young adult years, ultimately leading to success as a competitive bass angler.
Grae grew up in the family landscaping business, getting an early start mowing grass and learning the ins and outs of all aspects of the company. He spent summers throughout high school and college mowing lawns on Exmark mowers, ultimately saving up enough money to buy his first 18-foot bass boat.
In addition to local club tournaments, Grae fished alongside his then-finacé Jessica on the FLW College circuit for Penn State. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management, Grae worked the next three years for a pond and lake management company. He fished his way up the tournament ladder on weekends, all the while saving up in the hopes of one day fishing professionally.
In 2014, Grae was fortunate enough to win the BFL Super Tournament on New York’s Thousand Islands, which enabled him to upgrade to a 20-foot boat. The following year, he won the BFL Regional on the Potomac River. Having won both prize money and a boat, Grae made the decision to leave his job in 2016 to pursue fishing full time on the AAA circuits.
Since qualifying for the MLF Big 5 Pro Circuit four years ago, Grae hasn’t looked back. In 2020, he fished in the Bassmaster Classic and MLF Title Championship, finishing 3rd place in the Angler of the Year points standings and punctuating his most successful year to date.
When he’s not traveling the country fishing tournaments, Grae enjoys traveling and fishing with his wife, Jessica; improving their recently-purchased Pennsylvania property; and, of course, cutting grass on his new Exmark!
Backyard Life Q&A with Grae Buck