Date of Birth:
Woodbridge, VA (Well, that’s a trick question lol. That is where I went to High School but I was a military brat so I was never in one place too long! I was born in Abilene, TX and went to College in Duluth, MN though for those keeping score).
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Years Tournament Fishing:
Boat & Motor:
2013 Phoenix 920XP – 2013 Mercury Optimax 250 PRO XS
Denali Rods, Lew’s Reels, Gambler Baits, Toho Marine of Saint Cloud, Mercury, Bobs Machine Shop, Rayjus, Bluewater LED, M & M Marine of Fort Pierce, Megaware Keelguard, JH Design Unlimited, and Fast Break Bait and Tackle in Okeechobee.
Tournament Trails Fished:
Wal-Mart BFL Series (Gator Division), Florida Bass Federation and TBF, Christian Team Trail on Lake Okeechobee, Toho Marine Elite One Man Series, East Coast Bass Anglers Club Tournaments.
Best Finishes and Awards:
1st Place Gator Division BFL on Lake Okeechobee (2011), 1st Place Florida Bass Federation (F.B.F.)State Championship (2013), 3rd place F.B.F Lake Okeechobee State Qualifier (2013), 2013 Florida Bass Federation State Team, 2012 TBF National Championship Competitor, 3rd Place F.B.F. State Qualifier – Lake Okeechobee (2012), 2011 F.B.F. State Team.
Although I have always had a love for the outdoors and fished whenever I visited my grandparents in Minnesota I did not seriously start fishing until 2002 after getting married and moving to Virginia near a small electric only reservoir. I joined a 40 boat electric only club and started fishing tournaments in 2003 and after winning a tournament in my first year I was bitten with the tournament “bug”. I quickly found out that I was competing against people who had quite a bit more experience than myself and spent every spare moment trying to improve my knowledge and skill, fishing up to three or four times a week. My hard work started to pay off in the following years as I started to win more and more, taking my first club level, “Angler of the Year” title in 2006. This was also the first year that I ventured out to fish larger tournaments entering in my first BFL as a non-boater. In just my second BFL I finished 7th in the 2 day “Super Tournament” on the Potomac River. This only fueled the fire and shortly thereafter I had an opportunity to move to Florida for work. This was not only a great opportunity career wise but also put me within a short drive of Lake Okeechobee which to me was the hallowed ground of bass fishing.
In 2007 my family and I moved to Port Saint Lucie, FL and I was soon out exploring, learning all new bodies of water and many new tactics to add to my arsenal. I joined a local club to start competing and preparing myself for larger tournaments. In 2008 I won my first club tournament and met Joe Clements, the owner of Toho Marine. Shortly after this I bought my first new boat, a 2008 Stratos 294XL. This boat gave me the confidence to start exploring more of Lake Okeechobee and other larger lakes. I believe this contributed to winning back-to-back club level Angler of the Year titles in 2009 and 2010.
In 2010 I also felt I was ready to start competing in larger tournaments and started with the TBF/Florida Bass Federation tournament series. I qualified for the State Championship and made the State Team in 2010 on Lake Istokpoga. 2011 was a busy year as I fished my first full season of the Gator Division BFL’s, Winning the second BFL I entered as a boater, and finishing 11th for the year. I also fished the TBF Regional Championship on Green River Lake, KY and qualified for the 2012 National Championship. In 2013 was able to upgrade to my dream rig, a 2013 Phoenix 920 with a Mercury 250 Pro XS. And although the BFL’s did not quite work out this year (only cashed a check at one of the five), I did manage another good season in the Florida Bass Federation, placing 3rd at the June Lake Okeechobee Qualifier, 1st at the State Championship, and also made the State Team for 2014!
I am looking to continue my growth in 2014 and plan on fishing not only the tournament trails I currently compete in, but hope to take on the FLW Everstart Tournaments as well (I have tried for the last two years to fish the Everstart on Lake Okeechobee but have been placed on the “wait list” both years as I could not fish all of the Everstart events for those years).