Stafford Springs , CT
Competition Team: ASC
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
2019 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Gary run?
2014 Triton 19XS with a Mercury 150 XS. This was the last A.B.A draw boat given at the National Championship at Clarks Hill in 2013 and I was the lucky one. I have A 2013 GMC Silverado for towing it.
What Gary does for a living:
I am retired after being in the Trucking Industry for 41 years.
What you should know about Gary:
How Gary started fishing
As a kid I use to do yard work for my neighbor and when he found out my parents gave my a fishing rod and reel and a few baits in a small tackle box for my birthday, he started to take me with him when he went. He liked fly fishing be was also in fishing for bass . We fished many of the rivers and reservoirs in RI.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Favorite way to fish
I like to fish slow, I'm not one of those that likes to run make 3 or 4 casts then move if nothing happens. I stay in area for 45 mins and fish it 10 different ways, if a get one even a short it will extend my time in the area. I some times drive the non boaters crazy.
Most exciting fishing experience
How Gary preps for a tournament
I might pre fish the waters. I set with my normal search baits, make sure the rest of my rod are set up , reline any reels that need it then and just adjust to the conditions on the water.
Three favorite search baits
A top water, a senko, jig
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
My best Torunament was with a local club out of Mass. (the BAEA) Bass Anglers Education Alliance. We were have a night tourny on Highland lake in Winsted CT. in 2008. We started at midnite and it was a slow night but my non-boater and I both had limits but only about 5-6 lbs. We were fishing a flat near a chanel when my line just started moving so I set the hook and its started the battle , I fought for at least 10 min before I get it so my non-boater could net it. When he got it in the boat and got a light on it we both just sat there with our mouths wide open , its was the biggest bass we'd ever seen, it weighted in at 6.71 lbs. That is still my PB. I came in 1st that day. I had other great days but that one is the top of the list.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
When tournaments don't go my way
I say oh well, and start looking forward to the next one.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport