Wagener , SC
Competition Team: AF
2021 National Standings
2021 Division Point Standings
2021 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2021 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does James run?
2021 Phoenix 921 Elite with and 250 Pro XS Mercury and I pull it with a 2018 F150 4X4
At present I am sponsored by Bass Munitions Lures, P-Line, Kistler Custom Rods, Abu Garcia, Spike-it, VMC Hooks, Rapala, All in Tackle, Herlong Ford Edgefield, SC, and Nines Optics
What James does for a living:
Auto repair shop owner
What you should know about James:
I'm retired from the US Air Force with four combat deployments to the Middle East.
How James started fishing
I started fishing at a very young age with my parents. I started tournament fishing in 2006 with a small christian club in Augusta, GA.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I want to be a mentor to some young person wanting to tournament fish and to promote the sport of Bass fishing.
Favorite way to fish
I love to fish in the late fall ripping my Red Eyed Shad through the grass.
Most exciting fishing experience
Fishing for smallies at Dale Hollow, a bad storm was coming up but I was on fish. I stayed until it started lightning, caught a 6 pounder just as the lightning struck a tree next to me. I loaded up and flew back to the camp site only to find my tent and all my camping equipment had been taken by a small tornado.
How James preps for a tournament
Study maps and do lots of online research.
Three favorite search baits
Crank, fluke, spinner
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
BFL at Lake Russell 2015 I caught big bass on the first cast. Had a pretty good day ended up in 6th place.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Learning to slow down
When tournaments don't go my way
Learn from my mistakes.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Never give up, as Ike would say
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
What ever feels right to you. I started worm fishing but dont be limited. That held me back.