Miami , FL
Competition Team: ASC
Member Since: 2006-12-20
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?
Stratos 294 XL, Evinrude E-tec G2 200 hp.
2017 Toyota Tundra 4x4
No sponsors, although I could easily rep for Geritol and Ben-Gay.
What James does for a living:
Recently retired, I am taking some time off to fish and enjoy life.
What you should know about James:
I am an avid photographer, having published photos and some articles, primarily in boxing and other sports. A couple books are being worked on, one on boxing and another on nature photography.
Fishing competitively requires me to stay physically fit, gives me time in the outdoors (with my Nikon) and satisfies the urge to compete.
I have met many, many great people and made many great friends in 38 years of fishing in clubs and open tournaments. It's great to share time with people of common interests.
How James started fishing
I grew up on Lake Erie, went to college on Lake Champlain, but didn't fish seriously until nine years after moving to Florida. My wife showed me a newspaper ad about a club, the Trailglades Bassmasters, and that was it! I started at the club level and have competed at other levels as work, finances and family duties would permit.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
I stay within the state of Florida except for Regionals. I want to stay fit and fish at the level I am capable for as long as I can.
Favorite way to fish
My favorite technique is pitching into grass, reeds or cattails. I prefer a vertical presentation over casting. It requires a stealthy approach, being aware of not making a shadow over the target, and being prepared for a good fight on a short line.
Most exciting fishing experience
Catching a 7 1/2 pounder and 6 1/2 pounder on consecutive casts in less than two feet of water during a Weekend Series Supertournament on Lake Okeechobee was quite a thrill. (See profile photo)
How James preps for a tournament
You can't go without working equipment! Boat and vehicle maintainence gets done first, keeping oil changed, checking lower unit fluid, truck and trailer tire pressure correct, grease up fittings.
Fishing reels get a once a year overhaul, more if rain has soaked them. Changing line is a must, even on a rarely used rig as memory will set in and cause problems.
After this is all done it's time to prefish.
Three favorite search baits
I will use a worm, a rattletrap and something on top, whether a swim jig, skinnydipper or frog depends on the cover. This approach lets me cover three water levels, bottom, mid and top.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
I won a BFL tournament in 2008, fishing twelve to seventeen feet deep in the Kissimee River, with a 1/16 oz. shakey head football shaped jig. The fish would hit it on the drop and the line twicthed. It was nerve wracking, using eight pound mono with a fluorocarbon leader, but none of the fish broke off, and I did re-tie frequently.
The thing I most remember about this event is that I carried a positive mental attiude into that day. That makes a difference.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
The hardest thing about tournament fishing is developing a game plan and then sticking with it. Time management is something I am impressed with by professional anglers I have been in the boat with.
When tournaments don't go my way
I played basketball baseball and track in high school. In college I had a basketball scholarship. Until I was 33 years old I played in a semi-professional baseball league in Miami.
You win, you lose, you prepare and you do your best and don't worry if things didn't work out.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Stay focused, but keep it in perspective. Just like other sports, very few end up making a living out of it.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport