2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does run?
Triton TRX 20
Mercury 250 Pro XS
My sponsors are Airport Marine and Mercury Marine.
What does for a living:
Environmental Affairs Specilist with Alabama Power
What you should know about :
I am a scientist...I worked as a molecular biologist for 19 years in the cancer research fiield. Presently, and for the lasy 8 years, I have worked as a chemist for Alabama Power. Iam married and have a 15 year old daughter. I love all things outdoors; fishing, hunting, golf...but fishing is my passion.
How started fishing
My Uncle, retired professional angler Fred "Taco" Bland, took me fishing for the first time when I was around 10 years old. Soon after that, we fished a few club and "wildcat" tournaments and I was hooked. Since then, I have fished mostly local and regional tournaments with American Bass Anglers and BFLs and other tournament trails.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I love fishing local and regional tournaments interacting and fellowshipping with friends and competitors. If work and family would lend it, I would like, in the next year or so, progress to the next level...ie. Costa Series or B.A.S.S. Southern Opens.
Favorite way to fish
Power fishing is my favorite way to catch fish. I like to fish heavy structure with stiff rods and heavy line.
However, my strenght is my versatility, I always have a spinning rod and a crankbait rod on the front deck.
Most exciting fishing experience
Out of all of my tournaments I have participated in and fish I have caught, the most exciting fishing experience for me is netting a four and three pound bass on an umbrella rig my daughter caught on the same cast.
How preps for a tournament
I like to gain as much information on the lake I'm fishing leading up to the tournament. I us the internet, social media and fishing videos to gain as much information as possible. Also, I like to have all my tackle and boat organized and tournament ready the day of the tournament.
Three favorite search baits
My three favorite search baits are shallow running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and swim-jigs.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
I have been moderately successful fishing American Bass Angler events and FLW-BFL events. I have over sixty top five finishes with fifteen victories since early 2000s. Also, I have five top ten finishes with thirty entries in BFL events. I have a second place finish on Eufaula (BFL) with almost twenty three pounds including big fish at seven pounds. In 2015 on Lake Hartwell in the ABA Ram Chapionship I finished in fith place out of almost three hundred enntries. I caught all my fish in very deep water on very light line which was something new for me. I adjusted very well to the conditions as the tournment progressed.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
The most challenging thing about tournament fishing is being able to adapt to the ever-changing conditions from day to day and throughout the day. To be successful you have to have confidence with your abilties to adjust during the day as things change.
When tournaments don't go my way
I try to always keep a positive attitude when things do not go my way in a tournament. I try to focus on the things that went right during the day instead of dwelling on the negatives.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
I like to always stay positive, do not get down when things go wrong. If you are in a tournament, stay focused until the last cast, you never know when that bite will happen. Also, remeber that fish have a brain the size of a black eyed pea, so sometimes they they do not act you want them too.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
I have publlished dozens of fishing articles on fishing techniques, lures and strategies for Shorelines magazine published by Alabama Power. l love sharing my knowledge with fishermen, new to the sport and experienced. Also, as a director for Airport Marine Tournament Trail and in the past American Bass Anglers, I enjoy sharing information about new products and ideas with fishermen.