Chapman

Technique strength: Flipping/pitching and shallow cranking

Technique weakness: Carolina Rig

Favorite lake or river: Clear Lake, California

Least favorite lake or river: Ohio River

Favorite bait: Mesu Jig with a Tightlines UV Craw Trailer

Started bass fishing at the age of: 8

Started fishing bass tournaments at the age of: 12

Year turned pro: 1995

Your biggest bass fishing influence (person): Rick Clunn, Alton Jones, Denny Brauer

Largest bass caught to date: 9 pounds, 8 ounces; I'm probably the only guy on tour to not catch a 10-pounder)

Most memorable bass fishing moment: Last year, winning the Toyota Tundra Angler-of-the-Year award. It was special to get the first win at Toledo Bend and knowing that I had secured the title in the last event at Oneida.

Statement about Major League Fishing: Fishing: The MLF Florida event was incredible. It brought a whole new intensity to the sport for me. In a five-fish limit tournament, we fish differently in the last half-hour to hour. That’s how I felt the entire time at the MLF event. It was the leader board that did that. It was a good thing that we had the breaks, a little time to relax and breathe.


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