Angler Spotlight – Keith Poche

1.      When did you start fishing?  What was the catalyst?  I’ve bass fished my whole life just for the fun of it.  I didn’t fish my first tournament until I was 21 years old. 

2.      If you could only use one rod and one lure, what would it be and why?  Rod would be a 7’ MH IRod, because it’s really versatile.  Lure would be a 5/16 green pumpkin Jakked Finesse Jig, because it really has a natural look and you can fish it anywhere. 

3.      If you could fish any body of water in the world, what would it be and why?  The Coosa River, because it has the best Spotted Bass fishing. 

4.      You’ve had an incredibly successful career thus far, which achievement would you say is the most special to you?  Probably coming in 3rd at the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, even though I didn’t win it.  I was on the winning fish, but it just didn’t work out. Awesome to be on the biggest stage of bass fishing. 

5.      Who has been a mentor for you in the fishing industry that you feel has made an impact on your professional career?  My old team partner in local tournaments. He taught me a lot. 

6.      What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a pro fishing career?  Spend as much time on the water as you can. 

7.      You’ve had great success with Major League Fishing, congratulations!  What would you say is the most exciting and challenging part of that format, compared to other tournament series you’ve fished?  The most challenging would probably be trusting your instincts. With no practice, you have to make an educated decision and follow your gut on where to fish.