2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
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What Truck, Boat and Outboard does run?
I own a 2002 Bumble Bee 2100 with a Yamaha HPDI 250 hp.
My boat is towed by a 2015 Ram 1500 (Lone Star Edition).
I purchased my Ram 1500 from Nile Maxwell Dodge Super Center in Austin, Texas.
What does for a living:
I currently work for TRC Environmental Corporation as a Fisheries/Wetland Biologist. I conduct biological survey for wetlands and threatened and endangered species in association with federal and state agency enviromental permiting for various construction projects (e.g oil and gas pipelines, highways and public utility projects). I also do marketing for TRC by attending conferences and conducting public speaking events on federal and state environmental regulations for our clients.
What you should know about :
I am a retired U.S. Marine. I served from 1987 to 2007. I graduated from the University of Texas in 2010 with a B.S. in Freshwater and Marine Biology.
How started fishing
I started bass fishing in California and was hooked immediately when I caught an 7 lber on Lake Miramar in Southern California. I started fishing tournaments in 2000 with American Bass Anglers in Virginia and Maryland. I have qualified for three ABA national tournaments on Lake Texoma, Wheeler Lake, and Lake Hartwell. In 2001, I qualified for the ABA Marine Corps Bass Fishing Team on Lake Texoma.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I would someday like to earn a living as a tournament angler and fishing guide. My skills as a leader and understanding of human nature (people skills) would be very beneficial as a product/service representative and making fishing an enjoyable experience for my clients.
I am currently in the process of creating a non-profit foundation in Texas to provide recreational therapy (fishing) for our military veterans suffering from post tramatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fishing is a scienticially proved method for treating PTSD. I feel that as members of a free society we are obligated to do whatever we can to help our military veterans for the sacrifices that they have given for each of us so that we can live the "American Dream". What better way to help these returning combat veterans than taking them fishing.
Favorite way to fish
My favorite way to fish is with a jig. It is a versatile bait that can be fish deep or shallow and in any type of structure or cover. Most importantly, it is big fish bait and rarely do catch a non-keeper bass when I fish with a jig.
Most exciting fishing experience
I was fishing an ABA tournament on Lake Austin and during practice I found a huge bedding fish. I went back the next morning and on the first cast she bit and I wasn't ready for it and did not get a good hook set and she came off inches from the net. Well, 2.5 hours later and 2000 casts with just about every different kind of soft plastic bait that I had in the boat, I finally got her to bit again. She weighed in at 8.66 lbs. I ended up winning the tournament with only 4 fish. An 8.66 kicker fish helps. Well worth the wait.
How preps for a tournament
Three favorite search baits
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
When tournaments don't go my way
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Get yourself some good equipment. You don't need the high end rods and reels, but a Zebco 201 spincaster will not work either. You will need at least one rod per technique. Most importantly, spare no expense on fishing line. Believe me when I tell you that you don't want your line to break when you have a huge fish on the end of it. You will get your feeling hurt :-(