Stone Mountain , GA
Competition Team: A
2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
2018 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Oliver run?
2007 Ranger Boats 185SVX; Yamaha 175 HPDI; Ford F-150 Lariat Supercrew 4X4
I have no sponsors.
What Oliver does for a living:
Planning and Design Supervisor; Comcast Cable of Georgia
What you should know about Oliver:
I grew up in Alabama and lover the outdoors. I will always be an avid hunter, fisherman and will help conserve wildlife and resources when I can. I am a college graduate and a retired commissioned officer of the U.S. Army.
How Oliver started fishing
I started fishing as a youngster while holding on to the shirt tail of my father. I met William Duke Roberson while working at Ft. McPherson, GA and instantly struck up a friendship. We always talked fishing and he invited me to fish a tournament with him. I have been hooked since that first ride on his boat.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I want to move up to more regional type tournaments. I also want to represent manufactures who would allow me the opportunity advertise their brand/products.
My goals are:
2017 - Fish the ABA Div 72 tournaments
2018 - Fish the ABA Div 72 Tournaments. Move up to the Ram Opens.
2019 - Fish the ABA Div 72 Tournaments; Ram Opens and at least 2 major Opens
2020 and beyond - Continue on this course.
Favorite way to fish
I love top water. The rush of a largemouth bass busting a topwater lure is the ultimate in fishing excitement,
Most exciting fishing experience
It has to be anytime that I have fished topwater. Got to love those laremouth bass blowing up on a topwater baits.
How Oliver preps for a tournament
I love to review maps before tournaments. Seems as if I am on Google Maps everyday looking for new places and refining why I fish my current locations. I have a Lake Map of the area I fish. I also utilize my electronics(from the garage and the water) as well as online topographic maps.
Three favorite search baits
My three favorite baits are: Pop-R; Square Bill Cranck Bait; Spinner Bait.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
My best tournament finish came on the Coosa River in Alabama. I fished soft plastics, primarily a Green Pumkin 7" Trick Worm, Texas rigged. I was a co-angler and made the decision to make long casts to isolated cover; mostly grass. I finished in first place and also had big fish, my personal best spotted bass.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
The most challengeing thing about tournament fishing is staying focused on what you believe to be the best strategy.
When tournaments don't go my way
I think success is catching fish regardless of weight. Sometimes you don't know whether you are having a bad tournament until you get to weigh in. If you catch a 20 lb sack and don't get a check, do you say that you had a bad day. At the end of the event I look back on what I did and try and build on any success that I may have had. It could be finding new areas or features in the body of water that you didn't know about that could prove to be key areas in your next tournament.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
My advice to an aspiring tournament angler would be, "make sure you are having fun while fishing".
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
I think some techniques to utilize are to; fish the bank cover first; fish top water baits when the conditions are right. Match what they are feeding on if you can identify what that may be (shad, bluegill, minnows; dragonflies; mayflies).