What Truck, Boat and Outboard does Kevin run
I run an Xpress Pro X18 aluminum boat with a 115 Yamaha Sho. My tow truck is a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado
Breakline Polarized: www.breaklinepolarized.com
Funk Buster Spinnerbaits: www.funkbusterspinnerbaits.com
American Veteran Outdoors: https://www.americanveteranoutdoors.org/
Enigma Fishing: http://www.enigmafishing.com
WOO Tungsten: www.wootungsten.com
5x3 Fishing: 5x3nation.com
Trapper Tackle Hooks: www.trappertacklehooks.com
What Kevin does for a living:
I am a Production Team Lead at Spring Hill Manufacturing for General Motors. I'm a proud member of UAW Local 1853.
What you should know about Kevin:
I spent 10 years in the United States Air Force. I've been happily married for 12 years to Christina and we have three wonderful children aged 12, 11, and 7 months.
How Kevin started fishing
I started fishing while I was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base in 2006. I first got interested in tournament fishing when I partnered with my dad at the 2014 Toyota Owners Tournament on Kentucky Lake.
Aspirations or goals with fishing
First and foremost, my goals with fishing are to go out on the water and enjoy Gods beautiful creation. Whether I'm by myself, with my children, or with my buddies, there's almost no place I'd rather be than casting a line. Ultimately, I would like to see just how far I can go in tournament fishing. If that means I don't ever do more than fish as a co angler at local events, I'm ok with that, but it would be pretty cool to one day watch an episode of Major League Fishing and be watching myself.
Favorite way to fish
I'm a wacky rig guy. I don't know what really turns me on to that method, but I really enjoy it. It's also my go to on tough days on the water.
Most exciting fishing experience
My most exciting fishing experience was fishing the Toyota Owner's Tournament on Kentucky Lake in 2014 with my dad. I'm 33. That was the first time my dad and I had fished together in probably 20 years. We didn't even weigh a fish, but to be back on the water with him was a moment I'll always remember.
How Kevin prep for a tournament
That's simple. I work a lot of hours and when I'm not at work, I'm usually doing something with my wife and kids. I guess honestly, I have to say I show up and hope for the best haha.
Three favorite search baits
Best tournament finish and what you did that day when you were fishing.
My best tournament finish was actually last weekend. I fished a team tournament on Kentucky Lake with a great friend of mine. We did not cash a check, but we finished 45th out of 220 boats and were just 6 oz out of the money. We discovered a pattern early on of bass being extremely shallow and hanging around isolated pieces of wood. Literally every piece of wood we threw at had a bass on it. A lot were short, but we were able to catch a limit and cull twice that day. Everything we caught was in 1 foot of water or less and was caught on a watermelon black flake wacky rig.
Most challenging part of tournament fishing
When tournaments don't go my way
Advice to give to an aspiring tournament angler
KEEP IT SIMPLE!!!!! I mean that very seriously. You don't have to have thousands of dollars worth of gear. Have a couple of rods and a couple of techniques that you are very comfortable with. A tournament is no place to start fishing a new technique. Also, don't be afraid of asking questions. Your fellow anglers will, for the most part, be willing to give tips and advice to aspiring tournament anglers. Finally, have fun. Don't go out and expect to cash a check every event. Focus on having fun, learning from the experienced anglers, and gradually improving your finishes.
Some shared general bass fishing techniques for people just getting into the sport