Coats , NC
Competition Team: A
Member Since: 2018-03-02
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Patrick run?
I drive a 2015 Ram 1500 Larime
Fish out of a Nitro Z8 (2012)
250 hp Mercury ProXS
JB Custom Rods
One Last Cast Apparel
What Patrick does for a living:
I am a Instructional Designer for the US Army.
What you should know about Patrick:
I am focused, friendly, and fanatical about bass fishing. I am a hoarder of fishing gear with a slight case of OCD. Finally, I can be stubborn.
How Patrick started fishing
I started fishing when I was old enough to hold a fishing rod. I went catfishing with my grandmother and my dad for many years, I started bass fishing around 1998 and haven't slowed down yet.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I have my sights on the Bassmaster Classic one day.
Favorite way to fish
I like to fish many techniques, but my favorite is jig fishing. Frog fishing comes in a close second....
Most exciting fishing experience
I had a mid summer day in 2014 fishing on Belton lake TX. A friend and myself got on a giant school of Largemouth and Small mouth smashing shad, we caught fish on topwater all afternoon with top water baits. I had never called up bass from 20-30ft of water with a topwater before.
How Patrick preps for a tournament
I prep for a tournament just like I planned military operations in the Army. I conducted the tornament fishing decision making process that produced a plan tailored to the specific lake and conditions which allowed me to start the practice or tournament with a plan. Of course, as with every plan... when the rubber hits the road the plan goes to hell and then intuition and gut feelings take over.
Three favorite search baits
1. Topwater baits
2. crankbait or rattle trap
3. carolina rig
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Club tournament on Lake Gasston NC. Crushed them with a Poplar Lure 6' diving crankbait.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
I find it difficult to contain the pre-tournament brain buzz. It can get out of control leading to sleepless nights and indecisiveness.
When tournaments don't go my way
I conduct an after action review of the conditions, techniques, attitude, and variables that unfolded during tournament day. Keep a good attitude..
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Read as much as you can, try different techniques, and learn from fellow anglers.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
When I take a new angler out, I teach them the shakeyhead technique and the texas rig technique, both are simple fish catching tools