LaPorte , TX
Competition Team: ASC
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Daniel run?
My Boat is a 2001 Skeeter ZX250 dual Console wth Yamaha 225 Outboard, 109# Motorguide trolling motor, twin 12 foot Talons and Lowrance Electronics and my Truck is a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ.
Working my way up the lists.
What Daniel does for a living:
My normal day job is working for Boeing on the NASA Space Program where I work as the Designated Empowered Official in support of our Export activities associated to our National Space Programs.
What you should know about Daniel:
I am a weekend fisherman and love to fish, I finished the 2019 season in 16th place overall (tied for 224th in the Nations standing for the season), even when not catching fish, just being out in the outdoors is my relaxation. I love to spend time camping and traveling from water to water and try my skill at catching those elluciate fish and enjoy socializing at the water edge at the end of the day with my wife who use to be my tournament partner. My greatest supporter.
How Daniel started fishing
I have been fishing in tournaments for almost 40 years and have been pushing my self each year to improve and creep up the standings in representing on my local waters. Haven't made it all the way to the top, but in the trenches creeping up the hill.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Favorite way to fish
My favorite way to fish is worming (anyway you can rig it), mainly because you are at odds with the fish by presenting them something they want and then to hear that line strip off the reel, best sound in the world.
Most exciting fishing experience
How Daniel preps for a tournament
Three favorite search baits
Chatterbait, One Knocker and Spinner bait
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Best tournament for 2019 season was February where I caught my 5 best fish for 17.33 lbs (with a big fish going 9.57) to finish the tournament in 14th place and draw a check.
My best day on a tournament was in a January tournament on Rayburn, fishing as a Co-Angler (where I am only allowed to keep my best 3 fish), i was fishing behind a good friend of mine (Bryan McDonough) out of his boat and I was throwing my old faithful Rayburn Red One Knocker in about a 5/8 oz ripping it through the brush and landed my best tournament finish of 1st place with my best 3 going just over 12 #s. It was nice to collect that check and plaque. After that season i was determined to step over to Boater side to control my own destiny, make the best of what I have learned and do the best I can. Have enjoyed making the change and have met some very nice people of which I have led them to collect checks out of my boat, so it is not always about me, the guys in the back can do great things even if they follow a not so hot fisherman.
Another one of my best tournament days came when another fishing friend (Bobby Ramsey) and I were fishing a Bass-N-Bucks tournament on Sam Rayburn and a bad storm was moving into the area and we were in the canyon area throwing good old rattle-traps and I caught the first fish (agood solid bass), where Bobby came up and netted it, he unhooked it and put it in the livewell and before he could pickup his rod he heard me say fish on and he netted this fish and said get back to it. Well I did and next cast another good fish, then another and then another and then Bobby says, come on brother I will net all day if you keep catching like this. Well as most stories go after catching a good limit, the wind picked and wouldn’t you know it the trolling motor steering cable breaks now have no way to control the boat and now the weather is getting bad so we decide to head back to our landing area and we get back and boat loaded before the sky opens up. We went to the weighin site and met the tournament director and asked to go ahead and weighin, which Dave Conciere was glad to do and weighed our bag of 5 for 19 1/2 lbs, but before he finished our weight there was another boat that came in saying they were having trouble keeping their fish alive and when they weighed in their 5 was almost 33 lbs. Best short tournament I ever fished, 2 1/2 hours from start to finish.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Determining where I am going to start the day and hope I have the area to myself for a while to enjoy the serenity and hopefully catch some big largemouth bass.
When tournaments don't go my way
I treat each tournament the same, I just go out there and fish it and if the good Lord directs my path to be a good day, I accept it and go forward happy, but if it doesn't go good, I still accept it and go fish another day. It is all about the refreshing relief from the normal day-to-day grind of my normal job and having a good time doing it. If there is money at the end of the day, I am truly blessed.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Don't just give up because you didn't win the tournament, just have fun and as you grow on the water so does your confidence and abilities. Enjoy the great outdoors and network with a bunch of great men and women on the trails.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport