Bourbonnais , IL
Competition Team: DHS
Member Since: 2018-11-26
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
2019 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
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What Truck, Boat and Outboard does James run?
Ford F-250, Skeeter ZX225 w/ Yamaha 225 HPDI
Fox River Lures and Rods, Rocky Brook Sinkers, Yolotek
What James does for a living:
What you should know about James:
I like keeping it light and having a good time but I am terribly competitive. Love fishing alone just to clear my head and have no "noise" or stress from the world. Fishing is my therapy.
How James started fishing
Started as a kid with my Dad, Uncles and Grandpas who took me.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Looking to work my way up to where my fishing supports itself. Goal is to be set up by the time I retire so I can keep at it once the household income is a bit less.
Favorite way to fish
Power fishing, cranking....I'll flip a jig if I have to
Most exciting fishing experience
My first trip out in my first ever boat, 1988 Ranger 375V Classic Star. I was always a bank fisherman or used a small rental boat with a tiller motor from a resort. Had no idea what I was doing, launching or running a real bass boat. Learned alot with that boat and continue to learn every trip out.
How James preps for a tournament
I'm all about the paper maps still, old school I guess. I like looking over the maps and trying to pick out the clues for the day. I'm a bit OCD so I go over my gear alot and make sure it's all ready to go.
Three favorite search baits
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Prepping the boat and gear makes me nuts, yea I'm a bit OCD. Sleeping the night before is tough for sure!
When tournaments don't go my way
Make lots of notes on conditions, areas fished and the patterns I tried. Keeping logs is a great tool.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Heck, I'm still an aspiring tournament angler! Lol. I would say watch and listen to the guys who are consistent finishers. Watch what guys do, both good and bad, and learn from that. Keep logs and maps up to date and look back at them regularly.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport