Terryville , CT
Competition Team: AF
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
2019 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Tom run?
Chevy Silverado Z-71
None as of yet.
What Tom does for a living:
Fully retired and fish as much as possible
What you should know about Tom:
Served 20 years as a Law Enforcement Specialist in the US Air Force retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant.
How Tom started fishing
My Dad took me fishing as long as I can remember and we continue still today.
Started tournament fishing in 1992 after meeting a local New Jersey Bass Club member named Mike Iaconelli. I liked what he said and I didn't join his club, but did join another one and have been fishing tournaments ever since.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Continue to fish as long as possilbe with the energy, drive and determination to someday win that big tournament.
Favorite way to fish
Most definitely moving fast and covering water . I usually only slow down and use plastics when I have to because most of the time I don't have the patience to slow down.
Most exciting fishing experience
Being on the water at High Rock Lake, in my own boat, watching Brian Kershal catching fish off docks. Then being in the audience , at the Bass Masters Classic later that afternoon, cheering him on when he won it all.
How Tom preps for a tournament
After map study pre fish the body of water as much as possible to try and fully understand it.
Three favorite search baits
Topwaters, crankbaits and spinnerbaits--in that order when possible.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
October 2009, AFT Championship at Pickwick Lake while on stage holding up a 5.80 and a 6.42 pound bass and being the Day One Leader of the tournament with a total of 18.29 pounds with also included the Big Fish of the day. Caught all those big fish right close to the shoreline on a topwater bait.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Trying to figure out what type of presentation(s) will catch them the best for that day.
When tournaments don't go my way
Try to keep a positive mental attitude that the fish will hit before the tournament day ends.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Learn from the established experts, either local or professional and try to learn why they are so good at what they do.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Fish with anglers who are successful and select one of thier methods, such as flipping, to practice on. Then do what you need to do to master it for yourself.