Although I have always had a love for the outdoors and fished whenever I visited my grandparents in Minnesota I did not seriously start fishing until 2001 after getting married and moving to Virginia near a small electric only reservoir. I joined a 40 boat electric only club and started fishing tournaments in 2003, and after winning a tournament in my first year I was bitten with the tournament “bug”. I quickly found out that I was competing against people who had quite a bit more experience than myself and spent every spare moment trying to improve my knowledge and skill, fishing up to three or four times a week. My hard work started to pay off in the following years as I started to win more and more, taking my first “Angler of the Year” title in 2006. This was also the first year that I ventured out to fish larger tournaments entering in my first BFL as a non-boater. In just my second BFL I finished 7th in the 2 day “Super Tournament” on the Potomac River.
This only fueled the fire and shortly thereafter I had an opportunity to move to Florida for work. This was not only a great opportunity career wise but also put me within a short drive of Lake Okeechobee which to me was the hallowed ground of bass fishing. In 2007 my family and I moved to Port Saint Lucie, FL and I was soon out exploring, learning all new bodies of water and many new tactics to add to my arsenal. I joined a local club to start competing and preparing myself for larger tournaments. In 2008 I won my first club tournament and met Joe Clements, the owner of Toho Marine. Shortly after this I bought my first new boat, a 2008 Stratos 294XL. This boat gave me the confidence to start exploring more of Lake Okeechobee and other larger lakes. I believe this contributed to winning back-to-back Angler of the Year titles in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 I also felt I was ready to start competing in larger tournaments and started with the TBF/Florida bass Federation tournament series. I qualified for the State Championship and made the State Team in 2010 on Lake Istokpoga. 2011 was a busy year as I fished my first full season of the Gator Division BFL’s, Winning the second BFL I entered as a boater, and finishing 11th for the year. I also fished the TBF Regional Championship and qualified for the 2012 National Championship. I am looking to continue my growth in 2013 and plan on fishing not only the tournament trails I currently compete in, but taking on the FLW Everstart Tournaments as well.