Frisco , TX
Competition Team: ASC
2021 National Standings
2021 Division Point Standings
2021 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2021 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Samuel run?
2016 Bass Cat Eyra with a 250 Pro XS 2 Stroke
2011 Chevy Tahoe
What Samuel does for a living:
Director of Property Operations at Hilton Dallas Lincoln Centre
What you should know about Samuel:
I obviously love to fish and be outdoors. I also like to play Texas Holdem and Fantasy Football. I've done well in both. I've been married for 20 years and have a son that's 24. I love to spend time with them and my family. We have a black lab we rescued. His name is Brody. He's the coolest dog ever.
How Samuel started fishing
I've been fishing for as long as I can remember. My dad would take me and my brother when we were very young and fish ponds and lakes around Tyler that had docks. That's how it all started. I would go with friends that had boats from time to time later on. I finally bought my first bass boat in 2015 and been hard it since.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I'm not really sure. I just want to learn and grow to become a better fisherman. I'm competitive and love to compete. It would be nice to make a little money to pay for some of the expenses involved in doing what I love. I have to pay my dues like everyone else. We'll see what happens and where this takes me.
Favorite way to fish
Well a good topwater bite never gets old right lol. I honestly can't say one way that's my favorite. I like to do whatever the fish are biting. I try and let them dictate what I need to be doing. I also want to be good at everything so you can adjust as needed. I do love me some flipping and pitching too...
Most exciting fishing experience
Last year I fishing a big bass tourney on Fork. I was throwing a chicken shit rig up shallow. My line instantly started going to the left. I set the hook and the water swirled pretty good. I new it was a monster and the fight was on. I finally got her in the boat. My buddy and I were going nuts. I put her on the board and she was 1/2" short. I took a couple of pics and released her. Man, I had the shakes for a while after that. Soooo close but no cigar
How Samuel preps for a tournament
Map study and prefish as much as possible. It's also important the boat and your tackle are ready to go as well.
Three favorite search baits
Cranking square bills, 5/6 XD's, and jerk baits. Dragging a jig or big worm. Throwing a buzzbait and swimbait.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Finished 2nd on Lake Fork in our club the first year I joined. I found a lot of grass with some flooded willows holding a lot of good bass prefishing. My partner and I wacked them the next day. Everyone was out deep and didn't think they would be up shallow.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Staying calm, sticking to your game plan and not panicking so you make good decisions that keep you in the game.
When tournaments don't go my way
I think it's good to reflect and think about what you could have done differently so maybe the next time you are better prepared.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Just go out and fish and fish to your strengths but don't be afraid to mix it up. Also, pay close attention to everything when you get bit or catch a fish. This will help you eliminate a lot so you can focus on what's working and the mood the fish are in.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Yes... Tie on a t-rigged plastic worm and fish it really slow and tie on a spinnerbait to fish faster. Oh and a top water frog or pop r. BOOM, you're in business.