Chatham , VA
Competition Team: A
2021 National Standings
2021 Division Point Standings
2021 Service Team Standings (American Fishing Tour Only)
2021 Tournament Results
What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Bobby run?
ZX250 Skeeter 250 Yamaha SHO pulled by a Ford F350 6.7L Diesel
Armybassanglers ProStaff: Skeeter Boats, Powerpole, Lowrance, Strikeking, Lews, LiquidMayhem, AllSeasonFeeders, Mpack Jigs, HookLineBarbeque, Monkeywipes, Biobor, Fishgrips, Warrior K9 Connections, Heroes in The Water, Heroes Detergeant, Par3 Wraps, WileyX
What Bobby does for a living:
US Army Active Duty, Armybassanglers ProStaff, Lowrance Prostaff
What you should know about Bobby:
I was born and raised in Southern Virginia. I joined the Army right out of High School. I got out of Active Duty and starting my own Trucking Company. Five years later I decided to come back in the US ARMY to finish my retirement. I currently work for USAREC advertising and answering questions about career choices in the Army. I am on Armybassanglers ProStaff, SkeeterProstaff and Lowrance ProStaff if you have any questions please feel free to ask!
How Bobby started fishing
I started fishing with my uncle, who is retired from the Army, around age 4. He always made sure I understood how to catch bass either at our farm ponds or on his boat at the lake. I started tournament fishing in 2002.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Keeping the legacy alive by passing the knowledge down to our next generation.
Favorite way to fish
My favorite way to fish is to pick up my big flipping stick and pulling them big hogs out of matted vegetation.
Most exciting fishing experience
My most exciting fishing trip ever was in VA at Smith Mountain lake throwing a crank bank under neath a boat dock and my lure stopped on me. I thought I was hung until I heard a huge splash under the dock. I ended up catching by biggest bass so far a 12.02 oz bass which I released to catch another day.
How Bobby preps for a tournament
1st thing I do is make sure my boat and tow truck is mission capable. I prep all my rods, reels, and organize all my tackle. I usually research the lake if it is a lake I have never fished. I look at the possible weather conditions so I can adapt to what the fish will do. I usually do a drive by the day prior looking at my electronics marking and spotting locations.
Three favorite search baits
My three favorite search baits are Swimbaits, Spinnerbaits, and Crankbaits.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
My best tournament finish was in Philpott Lake VA. I was fishing an ABA tournament . I caught two of my best small mouth bass records one weighing in a 6.96 and other one at 6.14 oz. I caught all my fish fishing points on a rig, swimmbait, and spinnerbait. I ended up winning the tournament, big bass pot, option 1 and option 2 pot that day.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
The most challenging struggle to me is learning to adapt to FL lakes in North West winds 10-20 mph
When tournaments don't go my way
I learn from pass tournaments or pass events by writing and keeping logs of current weather, pressure, moon phases, spots I fished, dates, and what I was throwing.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
If you have caught fish in a location and your not getting the bites you shouldn't give up on that spot that day. The fish are still there. They may not be the mood to bite during that time you were fishing. Woo Dave's showed me a secret one year by leaving that spot and driving closely by that spot to stir up the baitfish to start a feeding frenzy.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
First step is to learn how to throw that baitcaster and how to adapt each lure to the drag system. Go out in the back yard with a can and learn how to flip that lure into the can without knocking it over.