Home: Spring Grove, Virgina
Family: (wife) Patty, (children) Wendy, Chris, Dave and Bob
Hobbies: Collecting arrowheads, saltwater fishing and hunting
Favorite Technique: Plastic worm, using a spinning rod, w/light line and finesse fishing
Fishing Strength: Finesse fishing shallow water and docks in tough conditions
Favorite Lake: Thousand Island, NY
Favorite Species Fished: Bass and Smallmouth bass
Likes to Fish: Saltwater fishing on the Eastern Shore of Virgina and catch flounder, red drum and black drum
Circuits Fishing: BASS Opens, Fishers of Men and local tournaments
Fishing 50 years
20 1st Tournament Finishes
2000 Bassmaster Classic World Champion
17 time Bassmaster Classic qualifier
50 Top-10 Bassmaster Classic Tournament Trail finishes5 Bassmaster event
5 Bassmaster event wins
2012 Finished 3rd in Northern BassMaster's James River Open
2011 Qualified and finished 10th in PAA All-Star Championship
2009 Inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame
2006 Finished 4th in Northern Smith Mt., VA Bassmaster's Open
2004 Finished 3rd in points for the Northern Bassmaster's Open Division
2003 Winner of the Mustad Ultra Point/Bass Pro Shop Classic
2002 Winner of Norther Bassmaster's Hudson River Open
1999 & 2000 Angler of the Year at Bassmaster's Eastern Invitationals
1991 Winner of Illinois Bassmaster Invitational
1991 Winner of Pro-Am Teams Points Championship
1974, 1976 and 1977 Winner of the Virginia B.A.S.S. Federation State Championship
Selected as a Road Warrior for USA Today
I work with the Super Kids on the south side of Virginia
I am involved with Pro-Am Teams' Piers For Handicapped Fishermen Program - four piers already built.
Host of the Annual Burrowsville /NASCAR / Wounded Warriors Fishing Tournament. September 2011 was our 20th year.
Produced six Bass fishing videos and DVD's.
Feelings on Tournament Fishing:
Tournament fishing creates a great competitive atmosphere, which requires you to use your physical and mental skills to the fullest. It also allows you to develop friends nationwide. Throughout the years of tournament fishing, I've personally had the opportunity to meet a tremendous amount of people and I have learned many fishing techniques on different lures and different structures.