Byron Velvick

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Byron Velvick
Born (1964-06-24) June 24, 1964 (age 54)
OccupationProfessional Angler / TV Host Fisherman

Byron Paul Velvick (born June 24, 1964) is a two-time WON Bass U.S. Open champion fisherman who previously held the BASS record for three-day limit (April 13-15, 2000 in Clear Lake California).[1] Velvick spent two years as a commentator for the ESPN2 show BassCenter from 2005 to 2006.[2] He has also been an on-the-water reporter and contributing analyst for ESPN's fishing coverage.[3]

The Bachelor[edit]

In September 2004, Velvick and Jay Overbye, a 40-year-old real estate agent from New Jersey were selected as candidates for the bachelor for Season 6 of the United States television show The Bachelor, with Velvick continued on for the rest of the season.[4] Velvick later chose bachelorette Maribel Liliana "Mary" Delgado. Delgado, who moved to the US with her parents from Cuba when she was a year old,[5] had been a contestant the previous autumn during the series' 4th season.[6]

During the finale show that aired during Thanksgiving week 2004, Velvick asked Mary Delgado to marry him in Spanish in order for her parents to be able to understand his proposal. Delgado accepted. After they became engaged, Delgado joined Velvick's tour and learned the sport. She is now a competing angler in her own right.[2] Velvick and Delgado ended their relationship in December 2009.[7]


  1. ^ "Velvick starts Day Two with lead, grin". ESPN.
  2. ^ a b ""We're Doing Great" - Velvick, Delgado weather storm". ESPN.
  3. ^ "Byron Velvick Not Checking Out". Bass Zone. Archived from the original on 2008-07-04.
  4. ^ Kappes, Serena (September 17, 2004). "WEEK AHEAD: The Bachelor Doubles Up". People. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "There's Something About Mary: Bachelor Byron Velvick Offers Mary Delgado The Final Rose & A Ring". The Rugged Elegance Inspiration Network. Archived from the original on 2008-05-06.
  6. ^ "TMZ: 'Bachelorette' Mary Delgado Assaulted 'Bachelor' Fiance Byron Velvick". November 25, 2007.
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Bachelor Couple Byron Velvick, Mary Delgado Split". US magazine. December 2, 2009.

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Preceded by
Jesse Palmer
The Bachelor
Season 6
Succeeded by
Charlie O'Connell