Emerald Isle , NC
Competition Team: MC
Member Since: 1998-04-03
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
2019 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Gary run?
Yamaha VMAX SHO 250
2016 Ram 1500 Sport
My wife of 30 years is my primary sponsor. She preps the boat, keeps me healthy, and provides me a worry free environment so that I may concentrate on fishing.
What Gary does for a living:
I am a retired Marine. Now I volunteer with the local CrossFit affiliate to help others develop and maintain their health.
What you should know about Gary:
My other bad habits are surfing, CrossFit and golf.
How Gary started fishing
Father and Grandfather started me fishing at age 7. Tournament fishing came later as I explored ways to become a better fisherman.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Enjoy the camaraderie and competition at the local and regional level
Favorite way to fish
If I can find a way to catch them on a jig or a frog, I will.
Most exciting fishing experience
Actually not a bass fishing experience, but catching False Albacore while surf fishing in Eastern North Carolina. Crazy powerful and fast those fish.
How Gary preps for a tournament
Map study, aerial study, pre-fishing, stay in shape, eat right, sleep.
Three favorite search baits
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
I have won many tournaments, but the most enjoyable by far are those that I have won on a big brown frog.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Weather, tide, wind tide
When tournaments don't go my way
Every day on the water is a good day. I do not get too high or too low. I am thankful for the ability to be able to fish and enjoy this great country.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Time on the water. Get your butt up and get on the water.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Bass only do two things, eat and make baby fish. Follow the bait and pay attention to where they are in the spawning cycle and you will succeed. Do not get wrapped around baits, get wrapped around finding fish.