Sherrills Ford , NC
Competition Team: A
Member Since: 2013-11-25
2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Wes run?
Nitro Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Navionics, Vertical Lures, Thrasher Apparel, Destroyer Baits, Fish Bait Radio
What Wes does for a living:
What you should know about Wes:
I am also an actor and singer, outdoor writer and artist.
How Wes started fishing
My dad took me fishing earlier than I can remember but I do remember my first fish...a rainbow trout from teh Snake River in Idaho. I have never looked back, joining BASS at 12, purchaing my first boat at 20 and started bass tournaments at 21. Now, at 53, I am still going!
Aspirations or goals with fishing
At 53, it's just to fish another day! Hahaha...really, I will go as far as opportunities and God allow.
Favorite way to fish
I am happiest when I can put them in the boat with a soft jekbait. That's my go to and my main confidence bait.
Most exciting fishing experience
Truthfully, it's the last fish I have caught.
How Wes preps for a tournament
I always check my equipment to make sure everything I intend to use is in its place and ready to go. This helps me focus on the day or days of competition ahead.
Three favorite search baits
Super Fluke, Super Fluke and did I say...Super Fluke? Ok, ok...I'll add a square bill crank bait and a flipping tube.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
In 2015, I won the NC BFL tournament on Lake Norman, and can you believe I was using a soft jerkbait? That's true! And I would be remiss if I didn't mention my first torunament win with my wife as my partner...again, on Lake Norman. It is definitely a blessing to fish with her.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Keeping my confidence high at all times. It is easy to start feeling down during the slow times, so when this happens, I do a little dance and a song on the boat and pick it back up!
When tournaments don't go my way
I just let it go, as the song says. If I feel that I have put my best into it, then I try to learn form it. If I feel I didn't, then I stew about how I need to do more prep work. Then I move on. While I always wnat to win, there is more to life than a tournament...like life.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Have confidence. Use baits you have confidence in. Don't try to learn new techniques during a tournament, you should have already done that before any tournament. Use what you know and have confidence in what that is.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
I can, and I always like to...but it would take a whole lot more space than here. No matter the technique, do it in confidence. Keep crankbaits at a medium to slow retrieve, keep jerk bait pauses consistent with the time of year, longer in the cold and shorter in the warm and when flipping, try to feel everything the bait is doing. When you don't feel anything, set the hook.