- When did you start fishing? What was the catalyst?
I was very young; probably 5 years old. The first fish I remember catching was a sauger on the Cumberland River with my Dad. I grew up 5 minutes from Old Hickory Lake. My father would take me, and we only fished for bluegill and catfish back then. I started bass fishing in my twenties.
- If you could only use one rod and one lure, what would it be and why?
A medium spinning rod with 8lb line and a 3/16 oz Slider Spider classic head with a black Zoom trick worm. It flat-out catches fish.
- If you could fish any body of water in the world, what would it be and why?
The Devils River in Texas. I saw a video Robert Field made there, and I’ve wanted to go ever since. It just looks like an awesome place.
- What is your go-to bait and technique when the bite gets tough during a tournament?
A Charlie Brewer Slider Spider classic head with a straight tail worm. I started using Charlie Brewer’s philosophy of fishing 20 years ago, and it changed the way I fish. I use a pull and drop technique. I let it slide to the bottom, raise the rod tip, and let it stair step down. No extra action added to it. Keep it simple, and don’t overact nature. I have caught tons of fish this way.
- You’ve put lots of kayak brands and models to the test. Which is your choice for top performer?
My all-time favorite is a Wilderness System Commander 140. Unfortunately, it’s no longer in production. These days, I fish in an Old Town Predator MX in the rivers and creeks. It’s the best river boat I’ve owned. In lakes, I use a Jackson Tripper Tandem in solo mode. I love long, sit-inside kayaks for open water. They’re easier to paddle and fast. You can cover lots of water in them.
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to start kayak fishing?
Just get out there and have fun. Don’t worry about who you’re fishing against. You’re competing against the fish, and if you beat him you’ll do fine against the other fishermen.
- Winning back-to-back Angler of the Year awards is no easy task. What has been the key to your success?
Just being consistent. If you can consistently put fish in the boat, you’re always in the race. Confidence is very important in fishing, as well. I always feel like I’m gonna catch them. I don’t always catch them, but I always think I will, ha ha.