What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Deacon run?
I am currently running a 2015 TRX21 Triton with a 250 ProXS Mercury. My primary truck is F250 Ford and my alternate vehicle is a 1949 Willys Jeep (if I need to get somewhere in a hurry).
My primary sponsor has and always will be my wife Sharon.
I have been fortunate to be provided assistance from the following companies:
What Deacon does for a living:
- The Boat House
- Lowrance Electronics
- Hi-Seas Fishing
- Carlisle Tires
I had the priviledge of serving in the military for 22 years. After retiring from the military, I worked for a small consulting company for 19 years. I currently assist in the management of the ABA Pro Staff.
What you should know about Deacon:
I love holding a rod while standing on the front of a fast boat and watching the sun come up. Beside fishing I enjoy duck hunting on a cold icy morning with a hot cup of coffee and an old chocolate lab named Sam.
I believe in taking your hat off at the dinner table; opening the door for a lady; and saluting the flag when the National Anthem is played.
How Deacon started fishing
I started fishing for catfish and running trotlines with my dad when I was 6 yrs old in a 14 foot cypress boat with a red and white 18HP Johnson on the Pascagoula River in Mississippi.
When I attended the Infantry Officers Advance at Ft Benning, GA in 1979, I had the honor of being introduced to Bass Fishing by Col Harry Hall and Willie Goble. They tried their very best to teach me how to catch "the elusive green fish". I dearly wish that I had paid more attention.
After a tour in Korea I joined the MBAA at Ft Campbell, KY and have participated in tournaments ever sense.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
To continue to help our younger anglers further their fishing goals and aspirations. The most enjoyment that I get when fishing ABA Tournaments is when my Co-Angler catches their limit and receives a check. If they are able to do that, then I've had another great day on the water and posibly made a new friend for life.
Favorite way to fish
I absolutely love to fish plastics, either a shaky head or carolina rig, and finesee jigs. Both require patience and are not as hard on the old body. Don't take me wrong, I also look forward to the eplosion that comes with a frog bite on Lake Eufaula or Seminole.
Most exciting fishing experience
How Deacon prep for a tournament
I pack everything that I can cram into by truck from an extra lower unit, trolling motor, prop, to a battery. If it can be broken, it's going to happen to me.
I inventory what I have in my boat and use a checklist to make sure that I have all my safety equipment, rods, water, and tackle that I need to take.
As far as actual fishing prep (tackle and where I going on the lake), I look at the time of year, outside and water temperature, cloud cover, and water color. This gives me an idea of where and how to fish on any given body of water.
Three favorite search baits
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing
- A trick worm
- A jig
- A crankbait
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
When tournaments don't go my way
I try to figure out what I could have done better and make a note of what worked for the guys that had a good tournament. The only person to blame for a poor day is myself because I didn't prepare or execute properly. The only bad tournament would be if my patrner got injured or we didn't make it back to the landing, otherwise they are all good tournaments because we got to go fishing.
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler:
Simple, pay attention when you get a bite and catch a fish. If you will listen, the fish will tell you what to do. Also, try to learn something new every time you get on the water and never ever give up.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport
- "Boy, if you think you're fishing that worm slow, you better slow down some more because your fishing it too fast!"....Willie Goble
- "You can't catch a fish if your bait is not in the water."....Harry Hall
- "You can only give away your integrity once."....BG Dick Potter
- Learn how to read and interpet your electonics. If you are in the back of the boat and just starting out, go on-line and download the operator manuals from the major electronics companies. Read them and also view the different YouTube videos available on their operation. The more that you understand what's below the water, the better fisherman/woman you will be.
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