Andover , KS
Competition Team: AF
2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
2018 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Ray run?
2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ, 2020 Triton 20TrX Patriot, 2020 Mercury 250 Pro XS 4 Stroke
My Number 1 Sponsor is my Wife Paulette of 34 years.
Mid-Kansas Marine, Triton Boats, Mercury Outboard Motors, Lowrance Ghost Trolling Motors, Livingston Lures, Power-Pole, Lowrance Electronics HDS Live Units, Fishing Hot Spots Maps, DuraSafe Locks, Go-Pro Cameras, Chevy Trucks, Abu Garcia Reels, TH Marine, Atlas Hydraulic Jack Plates, Optima Batteries, Berkley Products, Precision Sonars, Transducer Shield & Saver and RyTek Marine Transducer Mounts.
What Ray does for a living:
RETIRED, RETIRED, RETIRED, RETIRED
What you should know about Ray:
Retired U.S. Air Force (22 years), Viet Nam Vet. Member of MBAA/ABA since 1985. Proud member of American Legion Post 408 and VFW Post 7253 both in Derby, Kansas. A VERY PROUD PATRIOT GUARD RIDER.
How Ray started fishing
Started fishing when I was 14 with my uncle and my first tournament was in 1971
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Just enjoy the day on the water and catching that BIG ONE
Favorite way to fish
Flipping, it appears that the best way to catch the BIG ONE'S, for me anyway.
Most exciting fishing experience
At Big Hill Lake in Parson's Kansas in a MBAA Tournament in April 1998 I had just bought a new boat and I drew our Dist 58 director Roger Gunsell and he had a limit for 18 + lbs and with a hour to go I only had two fish, THEN THE FUN BEGAIN on three consecutive cast I caught three fish each weighing over six lbs and won the tournament with 24.52 lbs. WHAT A DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET
How Ray preps for a tournament
Maps and GPS systems for me to study.
Three favorite search baits
Spinnerbait, Crankbaits and Plastics (Sinko's and Baby Brush Hog's)
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
1st Place, See above: Just keep fishing and not giving up till that LAST CAST
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Patience, Patience, Patience and then a little Patience, Just keep casting and not giving up, fish your last cast as if it were your first of the day and stay focused
When tournaments don't go my way
Just remember that there is another day of fishing coming. That's why they call it fishing and not catching
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Have FUN above everything and the good fish will come. If you are a co-angler you will learn a ton from your boater and you will fish with some of the best in American Bass Anglers, But remember to have FUN
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Don't try to buy the best of everything at first. A couple of spinnerbaits, crankbaits and some plastics and go enjoy your day on the water with a ABA member and he/she will help you with any and everything you will need to know about fishing a tournament. Love to see the younger anglers (14 to 18) getting into ABA, lets help them as much as we can.