Linn Creek , MO
Competition Team: A
2020 National Standings
2020 Division Point Standings
2020 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2020 Tournament Results
|AFT||49||05/30/2020||Pomme De Terre||7||5||0.00||11.94||194|
|AFT||49||07/18/2020||Pomme De Terre||4||2||2.73||4.45||192|
|AFT||49||08/01/2020||Pomme De Terre||6||5||2.83||9.19||384|
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does John run?
I currently drive a Toyota Seuoia. My boat is a ProCraft Pro 175 with a Mecury outboard. I have always run a Motorguide trolling motor.
I am on the Enigma and Titan Tingsten Pro Staff.
What John does for a living:
I recently retired after 26 years in the Army. I'm a motorcycle RiderCoach and instruct a couple of classes a month.
What you should know about John:
I'm a life long learner; I have completed two Associate degrees and a Bachelor and I'm very competitive. I enjoy riding motorcycles as much as I love fishing.
How John started fishing
As a child my dad took me out especially when we visited my grand parents. My grandfather was a huge fisherman. It wasn't until I joined the Army did I started learning to use baitcaster and fishing techniques. After I caught my first 5 pounder on a top water frog I was hooked.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
My aspirations and goals are like every other competitive angler, have a shot to fish the big show. But now with my son coming up my goal is to help him get there as well.
Favorite way to fish
That is a hard question. I would have to say my favorite way to fish is slow and methodical. I love spinning, cranking and top water, but I'm more confident in a worm, jig or spoon bite.
Most exciting fishing experience
My most exciting fishing experience was winning my first club championship and earning a chance to fish the Bass Federation Nation Championship.
How John preps for a tournament
It depends on how much timeI have before the tournament and when the waters open for pracice (if they close the lake before the tourney). I start by researching past tournaments and jot down some patterns. I pour over the map and Google Earth looking for what I think will be productive points and flats. Then I get and fish logging each fish, weather, water condition and temps, lures and depth to eliminate water and establish a pattern.
Three favorite search baits
My three favorite search baits are Rapala Crankbaits, Chatter/Spinner baits, and a Jerkbait.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
My best tournament finish was 12th and missed 11th and a check by .001 of an ounce. I was a co-angler and I threw a Rat-L-Trap over hydrilla.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
For me the most challenging part of tournament fishing is having confidence in the decisions I make on the water.
When tournaments don't go my way
I use it as a learning experience. It means I need more time on the water because conditions always change and if you cannot keep up with changes nothing goes right.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Learn how to conduct thorough research and practice often.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Always have a Sinko ready for those short-strikes.