Saluda , SC
Competition Team: DHS
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
2019 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Phil run?
No personnel sponsors.
What Phil does for a living:
Retired South Carolina State Trooper
What you should know about Phil:
30 Years with the SC Highway Patrol. Past Director of Division 96 in South Carolina of the Ram American Fishing Tour Trail of American Bass Anglers (2005 - 2018).
Do tournament fishing and take up as much time as possible with my 3 grandchildren.
How Phil started fishing
Always loved fishing. Started tournament fishing in the early 80's with the Bassin Buddies Tournament Trail here in SC.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Continue tournament fishing as long as I can cast a line. Tournament fishing has created many friendships. Won a boat in 2003 and my goal is to repeat that soon.
Favorite way to fish
Worm and jig fishing is my favorite way. It's just more skill than luck when you get experience in those techniques.
Most exciting fishing experience
Most exciting experience is seeing the joy on a child's face when they catch a nice bass.
2nd most exciting experience was 1993 I drew David Fritts in the RedMan Trail on Lake Wateree. He won with 21+ pounds and I finished 5th with 12+ pounds. I really understood the way to catch'em on a crankbait during David's one on one schooling.
How Phil preps for a tournament
Spend a practice day on the tournament lake a couple days before the tournament.
Three favorite search baits
Buzzbaits, rattle traps & spinnerbaits.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
October 2003, Columbus Lake Mississippi. Buzzbait and Texas rigged and Cariolina rigged worms. 2-day team event won with 26+ pounds and 1st place was 2 bass boats.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Most challenging is adapting to changes in the weather and light conditions that affect the positioning of 2 pound + bass.
When tournaments don't go my way
During one of those tournament I'll slow down an go to worm fishing. In cold weather a jig and a #5 shad rap. After one of those tournaments I'll soak up what I can at the weigh-in to see what I was missing in my approach.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
My advise is to get as much on the water time as you can and fish with as many different anglers as possible to build your skills.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Learn to fish with a baitcaster rod and reel. Practice, practice, practice and practice.