What heros or role models do you look up to?
First and foremost my lord and savior Jesus Christ. Without him I wouldn't be blessed to be doing what I love to do. Secondly, my late grandfather. I learned most of my life lessons and my sense of responsibility from him. I wouldn't be the man I am today without his advice and guidance.
What’s a fun-fact about yourself that people may not know about you?
I am a third generation clockmaker and antique clock collector. I also teach clock repair to visually impaired people for the state of Oklahoma.
What’s your favorite part of fishing? Your least favorite part?
I would say my favorite part of fishing would be that I get to go out and connect with nature and enjoy all of God's creation. My least favorite part would be that all fishing trips must come to an end and fishing competitively can get rather expensive.
How do you prepare for a fishing trip?
Any fishing trip, whether for a tournament or for fun, starts with plenty of preparation. First, I start by scouting places to fish via apps like Google Maps or Fishbrain and I check the weather and fishing reports to determine the conditions I'll be dealing with. Next is tackle prep. I figure out what setups I'm going to go with based on those conditions. The night before, I set up all my rods with the lures and techniques that I believe could be key and make sure my gear is organized and readily available in case I need to change things up. If I'm taking the boat out, I make sure to fill up on fuel, ensure that everything is in good running order, and pack everything I'll need into the boat.
What’s the catch that you’re most proud of? Why?
Recently, I caught my new personal best large-mouth bass. I was fishing with my wife at a buddy of mine's pond and was able to not only break my personal record, but I was able to get it on film with my GoPro. My wife, being a photographer, got some great shots with her camera as well. It made it even more special getting to share that with her.