Prosperity , SC
Competition Team: A
2023 National Standings
2023 Division Point Standings
2023 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2023 Tournament Results
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||25||01/08/2023||Clarks Hill||43||3||0.00||4.44||158|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||96||01/15/2023||Monticello||16||1||2.63||2.63||185|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||96||01/29/2023||Clarks Hill||35||2||0.00||3.16||166|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||96||03/05/2023||Santee||13||1||4.68||4.68||188|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||96||03/26/2023||Wateree||1||5||5.52||20.64||197|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||25||04/16/2023||Hartwell||4||5||4.45||15.68||197|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||96||04/23/2023||Clarks Hill||14||5||0.00||12.99||187|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||25||05/06/2023||Russell||12||9||4.08||16.51||378|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||96||05/20/2023||Greenwood||16||7||5.67||15.23||370|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||96||10/02/2022||Murray||8||3||0.00||7.04||193|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||1||10/11/2023||Hartwell||0||0.00||0.00||0|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||96||11/06/2022||Russell||13||5||0.00||7.92||188|
|Timothy R. Kelley||AFT||96||12/04/2022||Greenwood||16||3||0.00||4.96||185|
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Timothy run?
Truck: 2019 Dodge Ram 1500
Boat: 2019 Skeeter
Motor: Yamaha 250 SHO
Buckeye Lures // American Tackle Company // Vector Hooks // Minn Kota // T-H Marine // Humminbird // Yamaha
What Timothy does for a living:
I currently work in sales. I am also proud retired military, army.
What you should know about Timothy:
I served 4 tours in the army & am currently retired. I work hard & play even harder! I am an avid bass fisher & hunter & love anything to do with the outdoors.
I am married to a wonderful woman who pushes me everyday to do my very best in all aspects of my life. She is my #1 fan & supporter...she has really pushed me to pursue fishing as a full-time career.
I am so blessed to have her, my family & friends' support.
How Timothy started fishing
My fishing "career" started with my dad and Pop Pop (my grandfather) , before I could even walk. They would take me in their 14 ft Jon boat for brimm and bass.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
To learn as much as possible & challenge myself, & hopefully make it into a career.
Favorite way to fish
Top water / power fishing
Most exciting fishing experience
Catching a 7 ½ lb bass during a MLF Big 5 event on Santee Cooper on top water which landed me a 3rd place finish and second big fish.
How Timothy preps for a tournament
I do lots of research weeks prior to the actual tournament: practice, reading articles, watching videos, figuring out weather patterns for that time of year, etc.
The day before a tournament is typically spent on my boat getting together a game plan, & rigging up my rods.
Three favorite search baits
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
3rd place MLF Big 5 BFL :I followed my gut and used my prior knowledge of the lake to go to the best spots I knew where fish would be. I kept my "why" in mind but had fun while competing.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Adapting to the sometimes ever changing conditions.
When tournaments don't go my way
I slow down, breathe, trust my gut, & revert back to what I know... I use the baits I am most confident in, & the styles of fishing that usually bring in the big ones. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. It is a good learning experience all in all.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Challenge Yourself: Don’t get “stuck” just going to one(1) lake all the time, or using your “favorite” bait all the time… challenge yourself to go explore different lakes, & use bait(s) that you’re not so familiar with or need to learn how to use. You never know where it may come in handy!
Practice, practice, practice!
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Practice, practice, practice! Spend as much time on the water as you can getting to know the ends & outs of the lake… there is always something new to learn about a lake, no matter how much you think you know about it. When all else fails stick to what you know ! Trust your gut / instincts!