What Truck, Boat and Outboard does James run?
2016 Skeeter ZX250 with Yamaha 250 SHO and 2005 GMC Sierra 1500
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What James does for a living:
Warehouse Manager and Owner at XTREME LED
What you should know about James:
I am 33 years old from the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas and have always wanted to be a tournament angler. I started fishing tournaments before I graduated high school with one of my good friends. I like power fishing shallow water but am not affraid to back out and finesse when needed.
How James started fishing
Started fishing with my dad then started fishing team tournaments at 17 now adventuring into individual tournaments
Aspirations or goals with fishing
To qualify for FLW or ELITE Series
Favorite way to fish
Power fishing with spinnerbait or crankbait to target aggressive active fish while covering water
Most exciting fishing experience
Catching at 10lb bass on a buzzbait then catching a 9.87lb bass on the very next cast at lake Fork
How James prep for a tournament
Read local reports use my navionics app to search lake for high percentage areas given the current weather conditions and season
Three favorite search baits
Crankbait spinnerbait and Carolina rig
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing
Best tournament finish was in the BPS Grapevine Series when we set heavy stringer for the year with 24 pounds. I was using a shakey head fishing a channel swing in a creek
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
The most challenging part of tournament fishing for me is finding the right fish quickly on new bodies of water although I am getting better at it.
When tournaments don't go my way
Keep your head up congratulate the winner and stay on the PMA model I try to follow brought to life by Gerald Swindle
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Remeber what got you to where you are because it's very easy to over think and out fish yourself
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
When choosing spinnerbaits I mostly opt for white un painted blades with no trailer. When getting short strikes or slaps but no hook ups I choose to make a slight color change or blade color from gold to silver. When slow fishing Texas rig Carolina rig or flipping I like to use the smallest weight I can while still being in total contact with the bottom unless I am using a Carolina rig to locate isolated off shore structure then I want a heavier weight to feel when I hit something other than normal bottom. I also try to only peg my weight when needed to get past heavy cover.
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