Angler Q & A
Technique strength: Probably finesse fishing and fishing deep water
Favorite lake or river: Falcon Lake
Least favorite lake or river: There are a couple of places I would just as soon not fish. I don’t care for Pittsburgh. And, I don’t like the Arkansas River.
Favorite bait: If I had to have one bait all year, it would probably be a jig. I love to finesse fish, so you might think it would be a shaky-head. But a jig is the most versatile.
Started bass fishing at the age of: I started at 5 or 6, but my first tournament was at the age of 11.
Year turned pro: I turned pro full-time in 1999.
Do you get nervous before tournaments: Rarely do I get nervous. I’ve fished a lot of tournaments. I spin out sometimes when I’m not catching them. But as far as waking up nervous, not any more.
Your biggest bass fishing influence (person): As far as an influence in fishing, I’d have to give it to my Aunt Foofie (Caroline). I spent summers with her. She taught me a lot about bass fishing and probably got me on the path to doing it for a living. Later, it was Denny Brauer , Mark Davis, Rick Clunn and Larry Nixon.
If you were not a professional bass angler, what would you be doing: I would probably still be a banker or a loan officer. I know I’m lucky to be doing what I’m doing.
Largest bass caught to date: 12-pound, 12-ounce largemouth on Lake Murray in Oklahoma
Most memorable bass fishing moment: The thing I will never forget was me first Bassmaster Classic.
What will the strategy be for the new format: It’s such a new and different format, I’ll know what’s going on, so I’ll make decisions by who’s leading. If you look at my record, I make a lot of checks but don’t win a lot. In a regular tournament, you’ve got to catch the five biggest. Now, I can fish the way I like to fish. Fishing has always been mental. Now that you’ve added the twists, though, who knows? You’ll know Mark Davis is catching them, and he’s right over there. KVD is mentally the strongest. But this is a new format, Kevin. I might be the mental giant.
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