Dover , TN
Competition Team: AF
Member Since: 2002-10-11
2018 National Standings
2018 Division Point Standings
2018 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2018 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Bill run?
2015 Legend V-20, Yamaha 250 SHO, 2016 Toyota Tundra TRD Offroad SR5
Bass Boat Saver, Trafalgar, Indiana (Paul Browning created a product that I've been using since it first came out, and is an avid angler himself that understands boat owners and tournament fishermen).
Bill's Marine and Rig Ranger, Skiatook, Oklahoma (Seth and Terry Canady are easy to get to know and work with on purchase, service and maintenance of your bass boat).
What Bill does for a living:
Retired United States Air Force and Owner of a small Aerospace Company.
What you should know about Bill:
How Bill started fishing
My father got me started at an early age. Every weekend from age 3 until I went into the military was spent at a lake catching fish for the freezer. This evolved into fishing for bass and competing in tournaments.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I just want to spend as much time on the water as possible, and continue to learn something new everyday.
Favorite way to fish
Pitching a jig or soft plastic whether it be in brush or deep water. I don't like to fish fast and this suits my style and attitude. Ledge and structure fishing is the most enjoyable and that's where I can be found at most tournaments. I love to find potentially productive structure by using my electronics.
Most exciting fishing experience
How Bill preps for a tournament
I normally like to prefish and idle around looking at my graphs. Every bait on the rods get retied or respooled and I try to prepare for weather and wind forecast for the tournament day.
Three favorite search baits
Spring and Fall would be shallow crankbaits. Summer would be topwater baits. Winter would be jerkbaits.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
Getting and staying focused and maintaining a positive mental attitude when the fish aren't cooperating!
When tournaments don't go my way
This is about 95% of the time! For me it's all about having fun and learning something new. I've met some of my best friends while tournament fishing, so I consider this as a social investment. Anytime you can go fishing and visit with friends, things have in fact really gone your way, regardless of the position of finish!
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Have fun! Relax and don't be so competitve (win at all costs) that you don't take the time to learn about the other anglers, their techniques, their stories, their families, and their attitudes. It's more about people than the fish. A word of caution....competitve bass fishing is addictive.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport