Denver , NC
Competition Team: ASC
Member Since: 2018-02-01
2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Michael run?
Javelin 377A 18'
Mercury 150 hp XR6
No sponsors...yet. Hopeful, though.
What Michael does for a living:
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
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.