Bourbonnais , IL
Competition Team: DHS
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
2019 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
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What Truck, Boat and Outboard does James run?
Truck: 2016 Ford F250
Boat: 2021 Phoenix 920 Elite w/ Mercury 250 ProXS
Bedford Sales and Outdoors
Cashion Fishing Rods
True South Custom Lures
Sublime Wear USA
Court Street Ford
Rocky Brook Sinkers
What James does for a living:
Life Coach for Society
What you should know about James:
I like keeping it light and having a good time but I am terribly competitive. Love fishing alone just to clear my head and have no "noise" or stress from the world. Fishing is my therapy.
How James started fishing
Started as a kid with my Dad, Uncles and Grandpas who took me.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Trying to constantly improve and be a better tournament angler. I also enjoy networking and meeting new people in the fishing industry. Hope to find a nitch for a future career after I retire from my current profession and relocate to those warm southern states!
Favorite way to fish
I like cranking and flipping jigs.
Most exciting fishing experience
My first trip out in my first ever boat, 1988 Ranger 375V Classic Star. I was always a bank fisherman or used a small rental boat with a tiller motor from a resort. Had no idea what I was doing, launching or running a real bass boat. Learned alot with that boat and continue to learn every trip out.
How James preps for a tournament
I'll watch weather and check on the maps leading up to the date. If I never been to a spot before I will try to pre-fish if at all possible just to get a look at it in person. Lots of tackle prep also, 'm a bit OCD so I go over my gear alot and make sure it's all ready to go.
Three favorite search baits
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
1st Place finish on Lake Shelbyville in 2019. Shhhh, not giving that secret up...lol
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Prepping the boat and gear makes me nuts, yea I'm a bit OCD. Sleeping the night before is tough for sure!
When tournaments don't go my way
Make lots of notes on conditions, areas fished and the patterns I tried. Keeping logs is a great tool.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Heck, I'm still an aspiring tournament angler! Lol. I would say watch and listen to the guys who are consistent finishers. Watch what guys do, both good and bad, and learn from that. Keep logs and maps up to date and look back at them regularly. *keep it as simple as possible, fish your strengths and confidence baits*
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Find something you enjoy fishing with, jigs, cranks, spinnerbaits or whatever and focus on fishing that as best you can. Fish your confidence lure and then branch out into other baits. There is no need to buy everything in the store..keep it simple and narrow down the options.