Lufkin , TX
Competition Team: A
2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
2018 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Jon run?
1999 Javelin with a 175 Johnson pulled by my 2008 Chevy Silverado Z82 or my 2015 Chevy Suburban Z92.
Yes I have two big sponsors
God and myself.
What Jon does for a living:
I am retired Military after 26.5 years
What you should know about Jon:
Avid deer hunter. Jazz saxophonist, RC Airplane, student pilot.
How Jon started fishing
My first fish was a crappie at the age of 5. Growing up in Chicago my mother, uncle, aunts and cousins and I have fished all over Illinois and Wisconsin, I got into tournament Bass Fishing while I was recovering from my injuries in the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC. Got my Bass Boat from Anglers Choice Marine in Martinsville, VA back in 2015 and I’m now living in East Texas only 20 minutes from Sam Rayburn.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Enjoy fishing every time I am out. With hopes to fish in a Championship Tourny and / or the Forrest Wood Cup.
Favorite way to fish
Flipping and shaky head, I like fishing structure and the best way to do that without getting hung up and breaking off is to go weed less as possible.
Most exciting fishing experience
I really don't have one.
How Jon preps for a tournament
Doing research on the body of water, google maps, paper maps, talk to others who have fished the water.
Three favorite search baits
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
I think the best tournament I had was with Operation North State, when I got 3 bass for 14 pounds, fishing a shaky head with a black worm dipped in garlic, fishing docks.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Time and patience!
You have to put in the time on the water never giving up and it's called fishing not catching so patience is needed because fish change second to second.
When tournaments don't go my way
I get happy for those who got'em.
happy for the other guy because your time will come and you will want them to be happy for you, it's all about being that good Sportsmen.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Make sure you do all your homework before you go into this sport. It cost money and time and if you don't have the money that you are willing to spend and the time to do 2 to 3 weekends a month then tournament fishing may not be for you.
think about it and weigh all the pros and cons, I am specking from experience because I jumped into it and I have learned after 3 years many lessons.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
In the Army we say the word: KISS
keep it simple stupid
get you some good rods and reels with a basic supply of tackle and go fish.