Michael Matthews

Denver , NC

Competition Team: ASC

Member Since: 2018-02-01

 

2018 National Standings

Circuit Place Events Fish Total Points
OS 1573 1 2 2.08 198

2018 Division Point Standings

Circuit Division Place Events Fish Total Points
OS 5 128 1 2 2.08 198

Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)

Service Ranking Points

2018 Tournament Results

Circuit Div Date Lake Pl Fish BB Total Pnts
OS 5 02/10/2018 Norman 53 2 0.00 2.08 198

2020 Standings

2019 Standings

2018 Standings

What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Michael run?

Javelin 377A 18'

Mercury 150 hp XR6

Chevrolet Suburban

My Sponsors

No sponsors...yet.  Hopeful, though.

What Michael does for a living:

Retired Attorney


What you should know about Michael:

Husband and Father of 2 Adult Sons; Avid amateur fisherman; Former saltwater surf fishing guide; Whitetail bowhunter


How Michael started fishing

Fished since early childhood.  Grandfather owned fishing and hunting store.  Immediately taken by bass fishing. Decades ago, briefly fished team trail tournaments.  2017 club tournament fisherman (finished 4th)


Aspirations or goals with fishing

Goals: Put my years of experience to the test against better fishermen; fish hard; finish well

Aspirations: Finish respectfully against the field in each tournament and hopefully exhibit enough talent to compete in tournaments against professionals before 2020


Favorite way to fish

Like most fisherman, I love the pre-spawn.  The action can be frantic and the chances of a really good fish (or two) are at their best (aside from fishing bedding fish)


Most exciting fishing experience

In 2016, fished for smallmouth bass in central Canada.  Figured out for myself a pattern contrary to a guide's best advice and caught 5 smallmouth over 6 lbs and 20 smallmouth overall in one afternoon.


How Michael preps for a tournament

Practice!


Three favorite search baits

1. Spinnerbait  2. Crankbait  3. Creature Bait


Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.

Circumstance required I fish a team tournament alone.  Had a limit on "morning bite" within 30 minutes and culled up thereafter, throughout day, to add 3 better fish.  Finished 2nd. 


Most challenging part of tournament fishing

All competitors are experienced and qualified to compete.  Gotta be ready at all times to adjust to changing weather and water temps


When tournaments don't go my way

I don't lose faith or confidence in my abilities.  My fish just weren't where they were supposed to be.  That's why it's called "fish'n", not "catch'n".


Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:

Remain open minded to new baits/presentations.  DO NOT remain rigid in your techniques/patterns.


Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport

Fish as hard as you can and as often as you can.  Remain open to new ideas.  Try new things.



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