Yulee , FL
Competition Team: ASC
2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
2018 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Miller run?
I have a 2004 Ford F-150.
I have a 1985 Ranger 350v with a 1985 150 Mercury BlackMax XR2
I have two sponsors
Arsenal Tackle field staff member.
Fitzgerald Rods Ambassabor
What Miller does for a living:
As I am 17 I do not have a job yet and am truly blessed that my parents support what I love to do.
What you should know about Miller:
I am an avid hunter and baseball player, I hunt almost as much as I fish. I truly love to be in the outdoors!
How Miller started fishing
I started fishing by bream fishing, then I transitioned to salt water fishing, then I had a good friend of mine introduce me to bass fishing and I was addicted.I started to watch the B.A.S.S. series and I knew that I wanted to be on that circuit one day, my friend and I fished Rodman one day and we stopped at a tackle shop and I saw a flyer for the ABA and I thought "why not?". Now all I think about is bass fishing and want to do it professionally.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Yes, I plan to go to college and fish the FLW college series and then go to the B.A.S.S. Open and try to make the elite series.
Favorite way to fish
Squarebill crankbaits along rip-rap and fishing a devils horse along grass lines, I love squarebills just because I can cover lots of water and I can normally catch some fish pretty quickly doing that. Devil's horses catches a ton of fish anywhere you go, but in Florida you can catch a good amount of fish very quickly, if you're on them.
Most exciting fishing experience
I was fishing Rodman reservoir and I was throwing a spook along a long point and I had a double digit fish come up and completely miss the bait, that definitely had my heart going a million miles a second.
How Miller preps for a tournament
Go over seasonal patterns, get local knowledge, pre-fish if I can, see what the weather is doing, look to see if theres a big spike or drop in barometric pressure, study topo maps, study google maps, make sure everything is good to go. Get as much sleep as possible.
Three favorite search baits
Magnum Ultravibe speed worm
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
My best day was in the District tournament in 2018 and I went into the tournament thinking I was going to do well, on the St. Johns River we went to a few spots and the second spot we went to I caught a fish that was 2.57, didn't catch another fish until I was telling my boater, lets go to this spot where I know there are fish, had to be at weigh-in at 3, stopped at my spot at 2:46 caught a fish at 2:51, super memorable and was really satisfying.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Not having bites, its not just no fun but it breaks you down mentally. You start to second guess yourself and start to doubt yourself. When that happens you begin to self destruct.
When tournaments don't go my way
I think about what I've done right and what I could have done better, as well as what I've done correctly. In this sport it is very easy to beat yourself up, try not to. As much as you want to win, catching fish isn't life or death, it doesn't define who you are. Bass fishing is 99% mental and 1% physical. Always try to be positive, its harder than it sounds! It's funny, when you get home after a tournament you start to look at baits that would have worked for that day and you start to kick yourself.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Don't worry about placing first or cashing a check, here is an example - Kevin VanDam, legend of the sport. He has won 25 times out of 309 tournaments, that means his win percentage is .08 dont worry about trying to win, go out there and trust yourself and your ability and have fun!
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
No bass on this planet can resist a squarebill crankbait, no bass on this planet can resist a senko, no bass on the planet can resist a spinnerbait! Most important - Get out there and have FUN!