Hall of Fame Inductee
Died: July 2, 2022
Mike Fisher of Decatur, TX, grew up in Missouri and moved to Texas in 1980, claiming his first state titles in 1984: the singles, doubles and all-around. He now has a total of three in the 16s and five each in doubles and all-around. He’s also won top awards in championship events at Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah state shoots. Mike attended his first Grand American in 1983, winning the Dayton Homecoming the next year and again in 1987. In 1993 he headed the prelim Friday handicap with the lone 99 and was runnerup in the Champion of Champions. One year later he placed second in the HOA with 984x1,000, just one target behind the champion. In Grand American competition, he has broken 15 200s in singles, and his twin-bird century count stands at seven. Mike’s Satellite Grand all-around titles include the 1988 Midwestern, 1993 Western and 1995 Dixie, and he won the 1991 Western Grand doubles with 100. In Southwestern Zone competition, Mike earned both the singles and doubles titles in 1985 and the doubles again the following year. He was singles and all-around champion in 1987, and he reclaimed the all-around in 2011. The 19-round shootoff with Leo Harrison III for the 1987 16s established a record for a one-day singles overtime. Mike hit his first 100 from the 27 in June 1987 to complete his ATA Grand Slam and posted another just a little more than a month later. In total he has entered nine centuries from the back fence. He has carded nearly 150 twin-bird 100s, and his 200s in singles count is nearly 100. Mike was the first to break 100 in singles, 100 in handicap and 200 in doubles in the same day, which he did in September 1990 at Roadrunner TC in Alamogordo, NM. In July 1987 he became the third to post 100 in each discipline in one day. Registering all-around averages of more than 97% six times between 1987 and 2001, Mike entered a 99%+ singles average 10 times from 1985 to 2005. His 2001 doubles average of .9906 led the association that year. He won Trap & Field All-Around Average Awards in 1991, 1993 and 2001, the last for top honors. Having earned spots on the men’s All-American team 11 times between 1985 and 2012, he was part of the sub-vet team in 2013 and 2014. In 1988 the company Mike worked for transferred him to Australia, and while there, he wrote software programs to computerize the tournaments he attended and helped in producing winners lists, shootoff sheets and money payouts. The Australian Clay Target Association asked him to computerize their 1989 national tournament; while running the computer operations, he also took time to compete, finishing second in the High-Over-All. Mike traveled to New Zealand and captured three titles in their 1989 national trap tournament. He also organized Australia’s first doubles marathon. He last shot registered targets in 2016. A melanomic tumor, which cost him most of the vision in his right eye, left him unable to compete in ATA trap, but he does a lot of rifle shooting with a telescopic sight.