Angler Spotlight – Matt Arey

Q:  When did you start fishing?  What was the catalyst?  A:  When I could walk.  I was fortunate to grow up on a small lake in NC called Moss Lake.  It’s where my addiction began!

Q:  If you could only use one rod and one lure, what would it be and why?  A:  Lunker frog on a 7’3″ Okuma TCS frog rod and Okuma Helios reel.  Nothing better than a good frog bite!

Q:  If you could fish any body of water in the world, what would it be?  A:  Champlain.  

Q:  You’ve had an incredibly successful career thus far, which achievement would you say is the most special to you?  A:  My first Tour level win hands down…Unbelievable what it did from a confidence standpoint.  It truly allowed me to believe that I belong.

Q:  Who has been a mentor for you in the fishing industry that you feel has made an impact on your professional career?  A:  Several without a doubt.  But, Jacob Wheeler and myself really gained a lot from each other while rooming together for 4 years on Tour before he moved to BASS.  I wouldn’t call him a mentor as much as a “partner in crime” lol.

Q:  What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a pro fishing career?  A:  Take advantage of today’s opportunities. For a young person, those include high school and college fishing programs.  These weren’t around when I was in college.  

Q:  Traditionally, Beaver Lake is one of the toughest lakes on the circuit, but you’ve had lots of success there.  What would you say makes that lake a good fit for your fishing style?  A:  Beaver is a great pattern lake.  I love to get into a rhythm of running around and dialing in on a pattern.