Angler Q & A

Technique strength: Figuring out a body of water quickly, adjusting quickly on the fly, fishing shallow.

Technique weakness: I don’t feel like I have a big weakness. However, ledges do challenge me.

Favorite lake or river: Lowest part of the Arkansas. I like new places due to the challenge.

Least favorite lake or river: I really do not have a least favorite.

Favorite bait: Hack Attack Jig

Favorite fishing knot: Palomar, it’s the only one I tie.

Started bass fishing at the age of: Since before I can remember.

Started fishing bass tournaments at the age of: 11

Year turned pro: 2001

Do you get nervous before tournaments: I don’t get nervous; I get anxious.

Largest bass caught to date: 12-pound, 8-ounce largemouth on March 31, 1991

Your most memorable bass fishing moment: Winning the FLW championship in 2009

Your biggest bass fishing influence (person): My grandfather and my father

If you were not a professional bass angler, what would you be doing: I’d be in the logging industry. My dream job would be working with white-tailed deer.

What question do most people ask you the most: Will I do the sexy man dance.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you while fishing: I don’t really know; nothing really stands out. It would likely be something at the boat ramp.

As a boy, what did you want to be when you grew up: At a very young age, I wanted to be a pro angler.

What is the biggest obstacle you face as a professional angler: The long periods of time being away from family. It’s my dream to be a pro angler but that’s the sacrifice.

How has state conservation programs and bass angler fish care effected bass fishing across the nation: Bass conservation has been a huge success due to catch and release. However, I don’t have a problem with people keeping fish to eat as long as they follow the rules the state DNRs have put into place.



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