Teaneck , NJ
Competition Team: ASC
Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Justin run?
Ram 1500, Phoenix 920 Pro XP with a Yamaha 250 SHO
Megabass, Tackle and Field outfitters, EcoPro Tungsten
What Justin does for a living:
What you should know about Justin:
I’m a super nice guy who is always willing to help. “A stranger is a friend you haven’t met yet”
How Justin started fishing
I was fortunate enough to have parents and grandparents who started me fishing on the rivers in Roscoe, N.Y. when I was 3. I will never forget the time they spent with my brother and I teaching us how to fish. I’m thankful everyday that they took time out of their lives to give me the greatest gift they possibly could have. My love for fishing! Fishing has always been my passion and I love the sport more and more with every outing.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Favorite way to fish
Flipping and Pitching, Topwater, and throwing a jerkbait
Most exciting fishing experience
How Justin preps for a tournament
Three favorite search baits
My most productive search baits are a @megabassamerica Vision 110, a V-9 spinnerbait and a 3” or 4” Spark Shad rigged on a Okashira Screw Head or on a Body balance head.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
In my opinion it would be decision making. Knowing when to stay or go, when to grind it out, or scrapping your entire practice plan and starting fresh early or mid tournament day is a constant struggle. The anglers that can do that and make adjustments on the fly seem to be more consistent.
When tournaments don't go my way
Sometimes the wheels come off! I go back to my strengths and try to salvage my day(s). It’s a long disappointing ride home for most of us after we don’t do well in a tournament and it used to eat me up inside long after the tournament was over. It is still a disappointing ride home for me now but instead of focusing on the negatives, I play the day over in my head 2 or 3 times to try and recognize what might have changed and what improvements I could have made to capitalize on the changing conditions, rod, reel and tackle prep, casting angles, boat maintenance, patience etc. the list is endless but maybe there was only 1 thing you neglected. Recognize what it was make a mental note of it, add it to a checklist, whatever it takes so that you don’t do that particular thing or things again and erase that tournament from your memory. A negative attitude will impede progress in this sport where a positive one will build momentum!!
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Time on the water is invaluable! It doesn’t matter if it’s only for a few hours after work, get out as much as possible and pay attention to everything. Pay attention to your surroundings, the cover your fishing, the weather, how you got that fish to bite and where it came from. Work on boat control and casting accuracy but always remember It’s supposed to be fun! Enjoy the art of fishing!! There are always going to be peaks and valleys and every angler is going to go through them. Remember why you started fishing and you will succeed!
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport