Whitewater , KS
Competition Team: ASC
2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
2018 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
|AFT||66||03/18/2018||Coffey Co. SFL||5||2||2.94||5.04||187|
|AFT||66||12/17/2017||Coffey Co. SFL||8||1||1.91||1.91||183|
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Thomas run?
1991 Astro 18fdx with 150 mercury xr6. Ford F-150 fx4
I have a few sponsors: Halo fishing rods, Silverthead fishing line, Swagger premium tungsten weights, Bay Rat Lures, and Jís Pilot car service.
What Thomas does for a living:
What you should know about Thomas:
I try to fish every weekend either for fun or a tournament. Iím a very loyal person and will do anything to help people out.. Iím extremely brand loyal which is good for sponsors to know.
How Thomas started fishing
A friend of my fathers was a tournament guy and I thought it looked fun. He kinda took me under his wing and taught me about the bass industry, from tackle selection to presentation to what rods to buy. He was a major influence in the beginning of my bass fishing career.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Iíve always dreamed of fishing for a living and traveling all over this great country to fish. My goals havenít changed but shifted. Now Iím happy fishing smaller tournaments but Iím passionate about promoting the sport and helping young kids get involved.
Favorite way to fish
My favorite way to fish is top water. The buzz bait is probably my #1 bait but the grass frog is a very close 2nd. I also enjoy pitching and flipping jigs and craws.
Most exciting fishing experience
How Thomas preps for a tournament
Usually the day before I go through my tackle. I try to condense and cut back since Iím a co-angler. Trying to take what you need and leave the rest at home is tough, especially if you donít know the Lake and how the boater plans on fishing. You have to take a little bit of everything. I also restring all the rods I think Iíll need.
Three favorite search baits
My favorites are: square bill crankbait, a spinner bait, and craw.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
My best finish was 3rd place in jackpot tournament that was 4 hours long. I picked a spot with my buddy and we just put our heads down and fished pretty hard. I threw a spinner bait a lot because of the year and ended up with 1 keeper. Even though I lost 1keeper and my did too, we were still happy about what we did.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
When you fish as a co-angler, you have to change the way you fish. You have to slow down and throw something different than the boater. By changing up your baits and downsizing you increase of catching fish that the boater missed. The mental aspect of fishing is very tough. You can overthink what your doing or need to be doing and really screw up the way you fish.
When tournaments don't go my way
I used to really take a bad tournament badly and let it carry over to the next tournament. Now I give myself 2 hours to be mad and down on myself. After that itís a clear slate. The only thing I carry over is the things I learned and not to make the same mistakes again.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Donít put to much pressure on yourself. Go out with a positive attitude and have some fun. Give yourself some slack, your going to have a bad day sooner or later, and when you do take the lessons you learned and move on.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
When your starting you need to remember 1 thing: KISS keep it simple stupid. Read up and learn a couple of techniques and fish them hard. Learn to fish a spinnerbait, a plastic worm or craw and a top water. These baits are easy to fish and are fun to fish. Spinnerbaits can be fished in all water levels and are very easy to fish. Plastics and craws are fished on the bottom and around cover. Just hop the baits around the cover and along rocks. Top water baits are fun to fish and cover lots of water. Not mention you can see the strike.