Charles Thornton


Charles Thornton is a tournament Bass Angler from the state of Virginia and a member of the Hobie Polarized Fishing Team.  His goal is to compete at the local, regional, and national levels of the B.A.S.S. and FLW tournament trails, while promoting the growth of bass angling for future generations, the future stewards of the sport.

Charles has been a competitive tournament angler since the mid 90’s, while assigned with the U.S. Air Force at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA. He honed his fishing skills over the years, with competitive tournament experience ranging from the Pacific Northwest to the Southeastern United States.  Charles has successfully competed at the local, state, and national levels in Washington, Colorado, and Virginia, placing highly in many of these competitions.

Charles has proven through the years that in order to be successful in life as well as on the tournament trail, one has to ensure to never lose personal drive and dedication, while maintaining a desire to be not only competitive, but continue to learn from both the young and seasoned alike. Throughout his military and professional fishing career, Charles maintained this dedication, along with dedication to his country, his family, and his professional fishing career goals, enabling his success.

As any tournament angler will tell you, polarized eyewear can make all the difference between placing highly in competitive fishing, or going home empty handed.  Charles firmly believes Hobie Polarized glasses are hands-down the best-polarized eyewear on the market.  Charles credits his Hobie Segundo’s as being the difference maker when it comes to spotting fish, “Without them, I would miss out on probably 50% of my fish”. His primary go-to bait is the Krypton Lures Flippin’ Jig tipped with a Live Line Baits twin tail Outlaw grub for pulling the big ones out of the thick stuff. Charles currently runs a Skeeter FX 20 Bass boat, powered by a Yamaha SHO 250.  His rig is equipped with Lowrance electronics, and a Minn Kota Fortrex trolling motor.  Charles pulls his tournament rig with a GMC Sierra 2500 HD.  To learn more about Charles, please feel free to visit