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Byron Paul Velvick was the bachelor on the sixth season of The Bachelor.


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Velvick s a two-time WON Bass U.S. Open champion fisherman who previously held the BASS record for three-day limit (Apr.13-15, 2000 Clear Lake, Calif). Velvick spent two years as a commentator for the ESPN2 show BassCenter from 2005 to 2006. He has also been an on-the-water reporter and contributing analyst for ESPN's fishing coverage.

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. Velvick later chose bachelorette Maribel Liliana "Mary" Delgado. Delgado, who came to the US with her parents from Cuba when she was a year old, had been a contestant the previous autumn during the series' 4th season.

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.

On November 21, 2007, Delgado was arrested in Tampa on charges of battery. According to authorities, she punched Velvick in the mouth, causing his upper lip to bleed, and was under the influence of alcohol when she was arrested. The couple had appeared together in a segment of a "Bachelor" reunion show the night before during which the audience was asked if Velvick should marry Delgado. Behind her back he shook his head to indicate "no", which caused the audience to laugh. There is some speculation this sparked the later argument. The couple later told reporters that despite the incident, they were still happy together.

Velvick and Delgado ended their relationship in December 2009.

Byron was married to a woman named Belinda Juarez. They separated after one year and divorced in 2020. They have a daughter, Kamber (b. 2012.).


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