North Royalpon , OH
Competition Team: ASC
2021 National Standings
2021 Division Point Standings
2021 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2021 Tournament Results
|AFT||92||07/17/2021||West Branch State Park||5||2||0.00||2.94||184|
|AFT||92||09/18/2021||Lake St Sinclair||3||5||2.86||8.75||368|
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Ben run?
I'm currently fishing as a co-angler.
What Ben does for a living:
What you should know about Ben:
How Ben started fishing
Both of my grandfathers fished, as did my father.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
The 2021 ABA tournaments are my first experience with tournament fishing. I'm just soaking it all in and trying to learn as much as possible from my boaters. I've been taking lots of notes about how other folks rig gear, break water down, make decisions and etcetera.
Favorite way to fish
Working jigs around structure or chucking swimbaits and cranks.
Most exciting fishing experience
Hooking into a 5+ pound smallie while randomly casting a shiner on a jig head near the islands on Lake Erie drifiting with my father. I was probably about 12 years old and I hooked up on an ultralight reel/rod that I had just brought along as a spare for perch. My first few steelhead were pretty rewarding as well.
How Ben preps for a tournament
Checking the weather, pre-rigging gear, and trying to get a good night's sleep.
Three favorite search baits
Squarebill, Swim jigs, Swimbaits
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
When tournaments don't go my way
I remind myself that there's a bunch of other guys with way more experience and their own boats who didn't get on them that day as well. At the sametime, I tried to think through what I could've done differently and what I need to work on to improve.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport