I caught the bass fishing bug at a very early age while spending my summers at our family cottage on Black Lake in New York. I couldn’t wait to join the local bass fishing club when I was 16. Joining a bass fishing club you automatically become a tournament angler, wanting to test your skills against others. With me this passion grew, wanting to get better and better and prove myself at a higher level.
At the age of 25 I had won the New York B.A.S.S. Federation’s Angler of the Year title. At 35, I won a national B.A.S.S. tournament, winning the 2000 Florida Bassmaster Invitational on Lake Okeechobee.
National tournament bass fishing had become my desired profession by this point but being unable to make a living at it took it’s toll on my passion to compete.
Today I now realize this journey was a necessary part of developing the on the water instincts needed to be an effective guide. I now spend my time split between Florida and New York sharing what I have learned with others who are thrilled with pursuing and catching this popular sport fish.