2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
2018 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
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What Truck, Boat and Outboard does run?
Non Boater, 1996 Chevy K1500 Silverado
My only sponsor is my wonderful wife.
What does for a living:
Field Service Support, Textron Aviation. I am a problem solver for 50 plus Field Service Engineers.
What you should know about :
Retired Air Force, working on my second career and fishing is a great stress reliever. Joined the ABA in 2004 and can't say enough about the great folks that you meet. Fishing as a Non Boater you learn more than you could on your own. I hope to get more in volved with the fishing industry. I enjoy making videos for my YouTube Channel (Mark'NFish) and hopefully this will turn into a new career.
How started fishing
Started fishing like most kids with my family. Started Fly fishing around 7 years old. Caught my first bass on a Lazy Ike when I was 9; that 3-pound bass pulled my brother and I around the pond in a canoe and I was hooked. An Air Force Co-worker/friend (Ed Watson) taught me more about bass fishing in a few months than I had learned in my previous 15 years. He finally talked me into fishing ABA tournaments in 2004. I won the second tournament I fished as a non boater (thank you Ray Templeton); I thought this was going to be easy...haven't finished in the money since. I have been to Nationals 3 times and love the experience.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Continued growth as a tournament angler.
Product testing and reviews.
Expansion of my multimedia presence.
Favorite way to fish
Topwater, you can't beat the excitement of that strike!
Most exciting fishing experience
Too many to pick one.
How preps for a tournament
Review Lake stats.
Watch all videos I can find on the lake.
Select my arsenal.
Scrap it all in the first hour and just fish.
Three favorite search baits
White Spinnerbait, Topwater (Spook, Plopper, Buzz), Square Bill.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
1st place, Milford Lake, non boater.
When the boater asked if I had a place I wanted to try I suggested a bank that was not being fished. Most anglers were fishing for Smallmouth using white baits. I believed this bank had Largemouth on it and swapped to a Firetiger Terminator Spinnerbait. We caught numerous fish, Largemouth, Smallmouth, Whites, Hybrids; my two keeper Largemouth (4lb, 2lb) took Big Bass and 1st Place.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Time and money.
When tournaments don't go my way
Take notes, learn from the experiance and move on.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Join a tournament trail like the ABA as a non boater and learn as much as you can from everyone you meet. They can learn every technique used today and some that are known only to your boater. They get to experiance nearly ever make and model of boat, motor, rods, reels, lines, baits, sents, dyes, tow vehicles etc,
When they move up to being the boater (Pro) remember what and how you learned and pay it forward.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
My best advice on this is YouTube is an outstanding resource and you can get the info straight from KVD or anyother Pro plus there are millions of anglers out there sharing tips on everything from Best Knots to how to find a place to stay for your tournament.