Madison , AL
Competition Team: ASC
Member Since: 2014-11-15
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
2019 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Lee run?
Nitro Z9, Mercury 250 Pro XS, Toyota Tundra
What Lee does for a living:
Regional Sales Manager
What you should know about Lee:
I am a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
How Lee started fishing
In September of 2010 while living in Chattanooga,TN I almost died from a rare heart virus, and was fitted with a pacemaker/defibrilator. I'm incredibly blessed to still be alive thanks to the folks at Vanderbilt Hostpital. Rehibillitation took just over 2 years, and rock climbing was no longer my primary hobby. Christmas of 2012 I received an Omega Zebco reel, St.Croix rod, and a flambeau tackle box from Melissa's parents. I started fishing from the banks of lakes Nickajack and Chickamauga. In 2013 I moved to Huntsville, AL to be with my college sweetheart. The desire to better understand fishing and to push myself competitively lead me to asking a gentleman at The Boat House in Athens, AL about possible north Alabama bass clubs--he handed me a brochure and told me about the ABA--that guy was Morris Sheehan...
Aspirations or goals with fishing
At first I really wanted to win tournaments. Now that I've done that I'd like to become a more consistent angler. Alabama North Division 29 is my "home" division, but I travel and compete at several different lakes throughout the region. I'd like to be able to "figure 'em out" and "catch 'em" at whatever lake I fish.
Favorite way to fish
With a rod and reel. I'm just not very good at catching them by hand! ;-)
Most exciting fishing experience
I have a lot of awesome memories, but in keeping with the ABA theme, one that sticks out is a tournament on Lake Mitchell in Alabama. It's home to where I fished my very first tournament. However, this particualr tournament was during the spawn. I practiced the day before and marked quite a few fish on bed. That night a huge thunderstorm rolled in and washed out all of the water I was going to fish turning it the color of chocolate milk. I was completely lost at what I was going to do. I threw a Riot Baits Stick wacky rigged along some rock and ran into ole Mr. Coosa Spotted Bass! Not only did I catch my very first tournament limit that day, but I also culled for the first time.
How Lee preps for a tournament
I no longer eat spicy foods the night before a tournament! ;-)
Three favorite search baits
square-bill, spinner bait, and a jig--I was once told, "If they aint bitin' a jig, they aint bitin'!"
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
In 2017 during a tournament on Lake Guntersville I only weighed 3 fish. I was just happy I didn't zero. Because there were 2 other tournaments going on out of the same ramp I rushed to get my boat loaded up and head home to lick my wounds. Our Tournament Director Mike Garlen texted me about 30 minutes later and said, "Do you want your money...you won!" I couldn't believe it!? The ole adage, "someone's always got it worse" rang true that day.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
For me, it's adjusting and making changes or moves when the fish are not cooperating or doing what I think they should be doing that day.
When tournaments don't go my way
My home division is a tough disvision to compete in--I have a tremendous amount of respect for AFT Divison 29 anglers. Lake Guntersville can be a very humbling lake to fish. It is not all 30lb bag days like a lot of people imagine. I just try to shake off tournaments that don't t go my way, count my blesings, and look forward to the next derby. "Everyday above ground is a good day."
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
I'm proud to say that I have personally invited and gotten quite a few folks to sign up and join the ABA. I believe for us "weekend anglers" this is one of the most accomodating tournament trails available. If you want to compete in bass derbies, then there is probably a Ram Open or AFT close by.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
I hear that's what the internet is for ;-)