Angler Q & A

Technique strength: I think my strength is power fishing. I love to fish fast and cover water.

Technique weakness: My weakness is having to fish slow – finesse fishing. I don’t like watching the clock tick away.

Favorite lake or river: I like Lake St. Clair. Generally, I love fishing for smallmouth, so I appreciate fishing anywhere in the Great Lakes region.

Least favorite lake or river: Honestly, I like the challenge of fishing everywhere, even if it’s tough.

Favorite bait: I’m a power fisherman, so I like to fish with any lure I can cover water with.

Started bass fishing at the age of: I started fishing at age 3, and I caught my first smallmouth at age 7. I’ve never been the same since.

Started fishing bass tournaments at the age of: I started fishing tournaments at age 14 and turned pro full-time when I was 22.

Year turned pro: Turned pro fulltime when I was 22

Do you get nervous before tournaments: I can’t honestly say that I get nervous, but I get excited before tournaments, especially big events.

Your biggest bass fishing influence (person): When I was a kid, I looked up to a lot of the bass pros I watched on television. One of the very first was Virgil Ward. That’s where I first learned about fishing with spinnerbaits. I have always admired the legends.

If you were not a professional bass angler, what would you be doing: My brother has a marine dealership and tackle shop. I worked there before I turned pro. I always loved being around other fishermen, and  it’s possible that, if I weren’t doing what I’m doing, I’d be working in another capacity within this industry.

Largest bass caught to date: In an event, the biggest is an 11-pound, 13-ounce largemouth I caught in a tournament at Lake Lewisville, Texas.

Most memorable bass fishing moment: I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of high points in my career. Winning my first Bassmaster Classic, in New Orleans in 2003, is a moment that I was able to share with my family, and I’ll never forget that feeling.



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