Greg Del Russo
Hopatcong , NJ
Competition Team: ASC
2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
2018 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Greg run?
Nitro Z7 with a 150 hp Mercury outboard trailered by a Ford F250 Super Duty
Riot Baits, Garden State Baits, and Denali Rods.
What Greg does for a living:
I work in educational leadership as a District High School English Coach and Lead Writer.
What you should know about Greg:
Some of my other hobbies and passions outside of tournament fishing include: weight lifting, distance running, swimming, and just being outdoors. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is hugely important to me, and I also take a lot of pride in my work inside education.
How Greg started fishing
I can still vividly remember fishing for fun one day when I was about 10 years old and catching 5 bass off the same exact spot. It made me curious as to why the fish were all positioned there, which sparked my interest in beginning to piece a different puzzle together each day.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Every year, my goal is to win the AOY title for ABA District 10, and to make the State Team for both The Bass Federation of NJ and BASS Nation. From there, I would love to qualify for either a Bassmaster Classic or Forrest Wood Cup someday, or to acheive the National AOY recognition for the ABA.
Favorite way to fish
While I always strive to be as versatile as I can and enjoy catching fish in a lot of different ways, I love fishing topwater frogs and pop-r's especially. There's just something really neat about actually seeing the fish react to your bait.
Most exciting fishing experience
I was fun fishing with a friend when he had a fish break his line. On my next cast, I hooked his line and reeled in the fish. It was pretty unreal.
How Greg preps for a tournament
I go through an entire process before a tournament. It's all about routine and having the best possible mindset/approach for me going in. I also make sure that all of my tackle and equipment is 100-percent organized and ready to go, so that I can be as efficient as possible on the water throughout all 8 hours of competition.
Three favorite search baits
Crankbait, jerkbait, and frog
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
My most convincing win came on a day when I caught most of my fish on both a topwater frog and pop-r. I also caught a couple of good ones skipping plastics under docks and close to any kind of wood cover.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Keeping an open mind each day out based on the current conditions, and not simply going through the motions of fishing history.
When tournaments don't go my way
I shake it off quickly, but I also learn from it. I carefully reflect upon the event to see what I can improve upon specifically for the next one.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Keep learning, believing, and persevering, and continue to find what works best for you.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
A costly mistake is to get wrapped up in only the products. Focus on the process, and you will find success a lot more quickly. Lures are really tools, and it is our job as anglers to determine how we can use these tools skillfully and apply them in the right situations to see the best possible results. Stay in touch with nature, too, and keep learning while enjoying the journey.