Winter Springs , FL
Competition Team: ASC
Member Since: 2001-09-14
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Jeff run?
I am proud to say I fish out of a Triton XS18 bass boat, powered by Mercury Marine 175 ProXS and Motorguide trolling motor, all towed with a 2016 Toyota 4Runner.
My primary partner and sponsor is Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation (AERF), dedicated to the science of aquatic ecosystem preservation and restoration. Promoting aquatic plant science for anglers. I am a proud ProStaff angler for Mercury Marine, Navico, and Power-pole shallow water anchors. Strong supporter of our military and charity organizations like Kids In Support Of Solders.com (KISS). Founded by the children of Casselberry Florida, KISS sends monthly care packages to support our deployed troops while they are away from home protecting our great nation!
What Jeff does for a living:
Over 30 years of being a professional biologist, educating and sharing my knowledge about aqautic plants, habitat, water quality, and fisheries management with anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.
What you should know about Jeff:
The angling community has always been a great resource. Many great anglers have shared their fishing knowledge with me over the last 30 years. I strive to share my accumulated fishing and biology knowledge with anglers to pay it forward. I host the website jeffhollandfishing.com to share tips, maps, fishing science and more.
How Jeff started fishing
Learned to bass fishing snorkeling and fishing local ponds in Union Park, FL. Joined my first bass club as a coangler and learned about tournaments through several local circuits. ABA tournaments were instrumental in providing me the opportunity to learn from local pros. Eventually I purchased my own boat and fished on the Pro side ever since. Made ABA Nationals at Kentucky Lake, Lake Murray, and Old Hickory. Hope to make many more and take a win!
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I hope one day to achieve a level of fishing and biology skills to dominate as an angler and earn my place in regional and national tournament trails like American Bass Anglers.
Favorite way to fish
Absolutely love fishing clear water with topwater lures for largemouth and spotted bass. This Florida angler doesn't have experience with smallmouth bass, but I am sure I would like to throw a topwater lure to them as well.
Most exciting fishing experience
I was fortunate enough to room with Bassmaster Elite angler Shaw Grigsby Jr on the Bassmaster Southern Open trail in 2015. Shaw is a master at finding the best sushi places in every destination.
How Jeff preps for a tournament
To prep for tournaments, I track the past and future weather trends for the lake. After researching water color, depths, and lake habitat options, I tie on confidence baits. Once I get to the lake, then I modify bait colors, sizes, and types to fit the conditions. I focus on fishing the conditions, not what I "think" from pre-conceived notions or dock talk.
Three favorite search baits
Search baits for any southeast regional lake in the US include topwater (Zara spook, Horneytoad frog), lipless crankbaits, and jerkbaits (hard and soft).
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
My friend Brent and I competed in the K92 Country Bigmouth Bass Open tournament in 1996 on Lake Toho, FL and won with over 27lbs, despite being short of our limit of bass! Best part was enjoying the day with my best friend, not to mention the 11.27 pound bass I caught to take the Big Bass award!
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
I find it challenging to hold down a full time career, support a family of five, and compete in tournaments with anglers that have nearly unlimited time to practice during the week. My best finishes have come in events that have 30 days off limits before events. Off limit rules eliminate bias and put all anglers on a fair playing field, forcing anglers to use their true fishing skills.
When tournaments don't go my way
After 30 years, I have learned that most tournaments don't go my way and I finish mid-pack. I enjoy the sport of fishing, and I remain intrigued by the process of putting the bass-fishing puzzle together. I take time to reflect after every mediocre or failed tournament to learn what decisions I made right and wrong. I keep the right ones, and try not to repeat the wrong ones.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Learn from every trip, every angler, and every bad event. Remember, dont be afraid of failure, it is the only way we learn and get better.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
Begin by enjoying the relaxing feeling of being around water and nature. Use a 4” weedless worm if in my home state of FL, and be patient. Catch what ever bites. Then find a friend or mentor to learn to catch bass, or email me, I’d be happy to walk you through the journey!! It will hook you for life.