What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Robert run?
I run a 2009 Nitro Z9 with a Mercury 250 Pro XS and tow it with a Dodge Ram 1500 with a Hemi.
Larry's Marine in Wichita Falls TX.
Creations in Wood
What Robert does for a living:
I curently work for DynCorp International at Sheppard AFB TX as a Maintenance Branch Production Supervisor.
We provide the maintenance on T-38 and T-6 trainer aircraft for the 80th Flying Training Wing / Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training Program producing the best pilots in the world.
What you should know about Robert:
I am a 20 year Veteran of the USAF. My career consisted in aircraft maintenance on T-37, T-38, F-15's and Quality Assurance.
Love sports, my 2 children and spend as much time on water as i can.
How Robert started fishing
Always loved fishing as a kid in the creeks and ponds in Arkansas but really got into bass fishing on lake Amistad in Del Rio TX at my first duty assignment at Laughlin AFB TX. Got into fishing tournaments in North Carolina while stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB NC.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
Well of course to win the ABA national tournament someday and to promote the ABA and bass tournament fishing in the area.
Favorite way to fish
My favorites are to worm fish, pitch and flip creature baits and jigs. Love to feel that thump then set the hook!
Most exciting fishing experience
Winning the the ABA 112 two day championship on lake Arrowhead with 27.13 pounds and finishing 20th at the 2012 Nationals on lake Grand OK.
How Robert prep for a tournament
Prefish a few days before the tournament and study my notes from previous tournaments on that particular lake.
Three favorite search baits
All depends on the time of the year but my graph first then swimbaits and soft plastics. Once i find them then I will thoroughly fish the area with jigs and worms.
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing
On Lake Ray Roberts throwing chatter baits in the hydrilla and catching 18 pounds and wining 1st place.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
For me its having the patience to keep working an area thoroughly before giving up on it and moving. The fish are there and sometimes you just have to wait for them to come to you.
When tournaments don't go my way
Shake it off and analyze what I did wrong and right to make those adjustments necessary to be competitive at the next tournament. More time on the water always helps also.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Practice as often as possible and to realize what your strentgh is and stick with, perfect it before moving on to the next style of fishing. Patience and not get frustrated when fishing gets tough and you can bet that it will.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
When just starting off with bass fishing, keep it simple. Start off by learning how to catch bass on spinner baits, crankbaits and worms. Once you've caught fish on those techniques then progress into some of the more technical baits to improve your game.
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