The Villages , FL
Competition Team: ASC
Member Since: 2014-01-26
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Raymond run?
This TX season I will be running a 2017 Nitro Z18 with a Mecury Pro XS 175hp. My tow vehicle is 2010 Dodge Ram 1500.
As a rookie, I am still an independent angler with only one sponsor, my wife!!! Win or lose I always have moral support. Hopefullly, future success, integrity, and good sportmanship will open the door for new sponsorship.
What Raymond does for a living:
Retired from Federal Service at the Social Security Administration.
What you should know about Raymond:
In addition to competitive bass fishing, I like to play golf.
How Raymond started fishing
I started fishing when I was about 4 years old, continuing to pleasure fish thru most of my life. In 1990 starting fishing with a few local clubs in my hometown in Maryland. I've been hooked ever since. In 2000 starting fishing competitively. Now retired, I can focus on fishing and hopefully fullfill my dream of fishing in a major Classic, Forrest Wood Cup, or Ray Scott Championship.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
To win a major Tournament.
Favorite way to fish
Worm fishing is one of my favorite ways to fish.
Most exciting fishing experience
Back in my hometown fished as a co-angler in BASS Northern Open Tournament for the first time and finished 13th. After coming off stage from the weigh-in, a young boy about 5 years old asked me for my autograph. He reminded me of myself when I was a kid with a passion for fishing in his eyes. I signed my jersey and gave it to him. It was a moment I will never forget.
How Raymond preps for a tournament
First thing on the list for TX prep is checking all of my equipment to make sure it is in execellent working condition. Last thing I need is equipment failure due to neglect.
Second is to review way points, fishing logs for weather conditions and lure selection to give me a starting point for a pattern.
Third is always PRE-FISH
Three favorite search baits
Crankbaits - Speed Worms - SwimJigs
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Best finish was my first ABA AFT Division 20 tournament on the Harris Chain of Lakes. After reviewing pre-fishing logs and waypoints went to what I considered a good morning spot for the October conditions. My first spot turned out to be very productive using speed worms and senkos. I had a small limit within the first few hours. Once the sun came up, I moved to a few spots that would hold a few upgrades using crankbaits and spinnerbaits. When it came time for weigh in, I was not feeling comfortable with the 13 1/2 pound limit I had, but as it turned out it was a little tougher for other anglers that day and ended up finishing first. My rookie season turned out to be a very good year with an AOY title for 2015.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Adapting to the ever changing conditions.
When tournaments don't go my way
Look at them as learning experiences and things not to do.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Always be PATIENT and trust your ability.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Try all the bass fishing techniques out there to find your comfort zone and how you like to fish to build confidence. For example, a comfort zone may turn out to be worm fishing, crankbaits, flipping and pitching, or power fishing. Some of the best anglers in the world have multiple comfort zones, which make them very successful.