Augusta , KS
Competition Team: ASC
Member Since: 2011-11-18
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
2019 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
|AFT||122||05/11/2019||Lone Chimney Lake||4||5||0.00||14.14||197|
|AFT||122||09/14/2019||Lone Chimney/Sooner Lake||7||8||0.00||18.24||372|
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Josh run?
Ranger Z119C w/ Mercury 225 Pro XS. Towed by a RAM 1500 Quad Cab.
Proud to be partnered with the following Great Companies and who's support is much appreciated:
Russell Marine Products
Shady Creek Sales
OG Bait Co.
Hardcore Bass Fishing
Gear Up Inc.
What Josh does for a living:
I'm a small business owner
What you should know about Josh:
Blessed to be a father to an awesome daughter and was lucky to be married to a smoking hot Cajun Queen for 15+ years before losing her to a brain aneurysm in 2016. I was in a touring and recording band for many years releasing 3 CD's. I also enjoy creating art, painting baits, and storm chasing. Grew up in SoCal surfing and fishing off shore out of San Diego and Dana Point.
How Josh started fishing
I started fishing the 1st time my Dad took me with him about 3 years old. We have always used fishing as a way to spend quality time together. I got into tournament fishing about 5 years after putting the band to bed and as a way to fulfill the competitive juices.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I'd love to have my own fishing program. It would be a mix of Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston, Johnny Carson, and Bill O'reilly.
Favorite way to fish
You can't beat a good topwater bite. Whether you're fishing for Bass or on a wide open Tuna bite. The thrill of seeing the fish kill your lure is awesome!!!
Most exciting fishing experience
When I was 15 we went on a 2.5 day Charter Boat out of San Diego chasing Albcore Tuna. We were the high boat in the fleet both days catching over 400 Albacore Tuna in 2 days. I personally caught 17 on the 1st day and 12 the 2nd day. All our fish were 10-25 lbs and we were using Bass Fishing Gear on 15 lb or 17 lb mono.
How Josh preps for a tournament
I spend time before the event studying lake maps, researching previous tournament results, and marking areas of potential on my SpotSafe app from Anglerhub. I then spend several days pre-fishing prior to the event - checking out the areas I identified as well as try to put together a pattern and then find similar water. The night before I make sure all my equipment is ready to go and re-tie everything.
Three favorite search baits
Buzzbait. Swimbait. Lipless Crank.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
A couple years ago I won an ABA event because of a couple key things. 1st - I just went fishing. I hadn't had a chance to pre-fish and I simply pulled up on a bank I know holds some good patches of grass and let the fish tell me what they were doing. 2nd - I discovered the fish were keying on a grass within the grass and because I had my Wiley-X sunglasses on with superior polarized lenses, I was able to pick out those key suttle differences in color from a safe distance and throw to those spots with a swimbait. I watched every fish I caught that day come out of the grass and kill my bait.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
The most challenging part of tournament fishing is overcoming the battle in your mind when things aren't going good.
When tournaments don't go my way
That's why they call it fishing and not catching. You have to learn from mistakes you made with time management, decision making etc. but you can't dwell on the negatives of a bad tournament. Move on, stay positive and fish with confidence.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Nothing replaces time on the water.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Buy a medium heavy 7' rod and baitcaster. practice with your baitcaster as much as you can so that you can throw a good distance and not backlash. You need 2 baits to start - pick a 3/8 oz spinnerbait you like and a bag of 7"-10" worms with a 4/0 hook and 1/4 oz weight. Learn to use both of these baits from shallow to deep to catch fish.