Irving , TX
Competition Team: ASC
2020 National Standings
2020 Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2020 Tournament Results
|Joel Hawkins||OS||11||06/13/2020||Bob Sandlin||17||5||0.00||9.59||234|
|Joel Hawkins||OS||11||07/18/2020||Lake of the Pines||17||3||0.00||8.62||234|
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Joel run?
2021 Skeeter FXR21
2021 Yamaha 250 SHO
2020 Chevy Silverado Z71-Texas Edition
I get a sponsored boat from Fun N Sun Boat & Tackle every year;
Skeeter Boats & Yamaha Outboards
Dawia Fishing Rods & Reels;
Flying Fishermen Eyewear;
V & M Baits;
****I need a crankbait, fishng line***, if you know of any please send my way! LOL
What Joel does for a living:
EMS Clinical Coordinator/Brookhaven College; Retired Dallas Firefighter
What you should know about Joel:
Paramedic of the Year/Dallas;
Love Deer Hunting
Wife--Geneva; Kids--Jodi, Somaej, Duck,II, Nicholas and Grandson Jaidon
How Joel started fishing
Realize I was going to get too old to keep playing football, basketball and baseball, so I started fishing. I needed something to compete in for along time. Fishing and hunting does it for me.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I've met alot of them, but winning a big tournament is always in the goals. I would like to do alot more work for my sponsors. Even after my fishing stop, I would still love to stay in the business.
Favorite way to fish
Fishing a jig. It puts you up close and personal with the fish. Its an Art.
Most exciting fishing experience
Winning my first BFL tournament on Bob Sandlin. I had the tournament won in the first 23mins. of the day.
How Joel preps for a tournament
Weeks before on the internet and youtude. One day of practice to run the lake.
Three favorite search baits
Swim jig, spinnerbait and squarebill
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Won the East div. Ram Truck Series on Bob Sandlin. I found them schooling the day before off a point falling off into 25' for water. 5mins. before take off, I changed to a 6XD crankbait to maybe catch a bigger fish below the school. It worked! 10.39lb. bass hit the crankbait and it was up hill from there.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
The weather. It is the most unpredictable think out there and you have no control over it.
When tournaments don't go my way
Keep fishing. Thats all you can do. Keep your head down and never relax. Put it all on the table and at the end of the day. Its done and let whatever happens, happens.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Go with as many different people as possible to learn different ways to fish. From that point, make how you fish and the way you fish PERSONAL. You can not be successful fishing like somebody elas. You CAN Be the best fisherman you can be. Go fishing alot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Learn how to check water clarity. That will give you and idea as to what color lure to use. Learn to fish a jig, because that bait will put a big fish in the boat consistantly. But, be good with all techniques and let the fish tell you would they want and how they want it.