Los Lunas , NM
Competition Team: A
2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
2018 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Ernest run?
2014 Nitro Z9
2007 Dodge Ram
No sponsors at this time. I'm hoping to do well enough to attract sponsorship.
What Ernest does for a living:
Electronic Measurement Equipment Mechanic
What you should know about Ernest:
I'm retired Army serving this great country of ours for 20 years.
How Ernest started fishing
I've been fishing since I was a child, growing up in Central California. When I joined the Army, I was stationed at Fort Bragg North Carolina and I started competing in bass tournaments with the Military Bass Association. I took a long break from bass tournaments, due to my military career. I am fortunate to have begun competing once again with the American Bass Anglers.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I hope to continue competing within the American Bass Anglers and as well with other organizations.
Favorite way to fish
I like to pick a bank line and cover that area with a crankbait and then go back down the bank line with a much slower technique, such as flipping and pitching jigs, and worms. I believe that a good bank line will hold active bass just off the shore line and I like to target these bass with a crankbait. Then I like to follow back down the bank line looking for bass that are holding tight to cover along the shore line.
Most exciting fishing experience
When I was stationed in Alaska and I was fishing for King Salmon. A King Salmon will definately test yours playing and drag skills.
How Ernest preps for a tournament
My fishing technique is based off of the time of the year, air and water temperatures so I can make a decision on how fast or slow to fish.
Three favorite search baits
Crankbait, Spinnerbait and Jerkbait.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
2017 Conchas Lake, NM. 1st and 2nd place big bass and 2nd place overall. I was targeting bass along the shore line with a split shot rig with pumpkin senko.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
When the fish get lock jaw.
When tournaments don't go my way
I look at it as a learning experience and I never feel that I let myself down for not having the right game plan.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Be very flexible during tournaments. Things can change drastically overnight. Have a good wide arsenal range and be ready to make those changes in an instant.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
I would have to say start out by studying your local waters and get to know what the bass are feeding on. If you have shad then learn what kind of shad you have in your lakes and use crankbaits or jerkbait according to thier color. Same goes for crawfish. Depending on air and water temperatures you'll need to be able to fish fast or slow. So I would say start with fast and slow techniques.