Saucier , MS
Competition Team: N
Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does James run?
2015 Chevy Colorad Z71
2020 Vexus AVX 1880
No sponsors at this time, but sponsorship offers are welcome. Currently working to getting my Command to sponsor me, or at least get time off to attend events.
What James does for a living:
Active Duty Military
What you should know about James:
How James started fishing
I've been fishing pretty much my entire life. Grew up in the Twin Cities area of MN and spent countless days fishing for panfish, Walleye or Pike with my Dad and Granpa. We never understood those "Glitter Rocket" guys we'd see ripping along the lakes trying to catch little green fish. When I joined the service I took about 4 years off fishing to focus on life adventures, but got back into fishing via Inshore saltwater and kayak fishing. It wasnt until I got stationed north of Ft Worth, TX in 2017 that I finally go in to Bass fishing, and that was by default, literally no other options existed. I got asked by a fella I worked with if I would be a Co-angler with him for a big tournament on Texoma, knowing full well I had almost zero experience with bass. I took the chance to try something different, and fell completly in love with the sport!
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Hoping to fish the MLF Opens, or Bassmaster Opens one day.
Favorite way to fish
Pitching a Texas Rig, or burning a squarebill
Most exciting fishing experience
Catching my PB on a squarebill off a small riprap bank in the middle of January
How James preps for a tournament
I spend lots of time on Google Earth studying the rivers and backwaters. I also constantly monitor the water levels in the area to get an idea about how the tide and wind are effecting the levels.
Three favorite search baits
I use a loud topwater early to get the fish to show themselves. If thats not working I'll switch to a spinnerbait and burn around laydowns. When it gets cold I'll sling a jerkbait around docks or main river structure.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Maintaining a positive mental attitude, especially when your plans completly fall apart. When that happens, I go back to my confidence baits and start picking apart high percentage structure to get a few in the boat. Even if they are shorts, its still a morale boost and helps reformulate a pattern.
When tournaments don't go my way
I'll take the car ride home to go over what happend that day, noting what I did well and not so well. I go back to the computer and retrace my day looking for places I had bites on and try to find other spots like it.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Dont hesitate, get out there and fish some local opens. You'll meet all sorts of new folks, network with them, share your experiences, and you'll pick up invites to join some clubs. Get involved with those clubs, talk to the members and be an active participant at meetings. Theres so much you'll learn from them, its unbelievable.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport