James Stephens III
Osprey , FL
Competition Team: ASC
Member Since: 2003-12-19
2019 National Standings
2019 Division Point Standings
Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2019 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does James run?
Big O boat , Dodge ram 1500 , Mercury
I am part of the Vexan rod Pro staff , great rods love all they do for me.
What James does for a living:
Account Manager for Brightview landscaping.
What you should know about James:
I love taking my wife and daughter in the boat and spending time with them.
How James started fishing
I started fishing when I was three with my dad and papaew for Crappie in east Tennessee. we moved to Florida in 1980 and my dad took a job at a minning pit and thats were the bass fishing started, place was nuts. My first tournament was loacl club tournamet held at Myakka state park.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
My goal in fishing would be to someday make a living at it.
Favorite way to fish
I would say my favorite way to fish is flippin , love the short string.
Most exciting fishing experience
The most exciting fishing experienice would have to ba a club tournament a few years back with my dad. we caught a big bag over 30lbs , but ol pops was having a bad day he caught one small one all day and at 2:30 he started to get grumpy. I said settle down and throw your worm we have a good bag and it is a team tournamet , his reply was its to windy to fish a worm i said just throw it next thing i know he catches a 9.15 and we win.
How James preps for a tournament
Perp is hard for me because I dont get to spend as much time on the water as I would like , who does so I tie on the baits I think will work and read as much as I can about were i'm going that weekend .
Three favorite search baits
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
The most challenging thing for me is knowing when to stay or when to move.
When tournaments don't go my way
There have quite a few tournaments that haven't gone my way But thats all part of it you have to take the good with the bad , if it was simple everyone would do it.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Don't let what other fisherman get in your head about what they are doing , you can't catch there fish do what is working for you.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport