I have been fishing as far back as I can remember. Ever since the day grandpa took me to the local pond to catch bluegills and bullheads at age three, I have been completely in love with the sport! Lucky enough to come from a long line of fishermen in the family, I was always taken on trips to the lake on the weekends. That is where it all began. From that point on, I watched every fishing show I could, I read every fishing magazine I could get my hands on and I fished every local pond or lake I could ride my bike to. I constantly tried new things I saw on television or read about in the magazines and honed my skills every time out. Eventually I saved up enough money thru my allowance and mowing lawns and shoveling snow for the neighborhood folks along with some help from my family to attend Camp Fish.
Camp Fish was a fishing school started by the famous Al Lindner and the In-Fisherman crew. I had the opportunity to learn from the best in the business for a week out of every year for 5 years in a row! It was a fantastic experience to learn and to become a much better fisherman. By 16 years old, I had my own boat and fished as often as I could. Grandpa and I traveled all over the Midwest to different lakes and rivers, learning new waters and learning how to adapt to different situations and consistently put fish in the boat. There was not a week that went by that I was not on the water fishing! Throughout my years of fishing, not only was I lucky enough to fish with my grandpa, and the guys at the In-Fisherman, but I also became friends with pro fisherman and guide Sean Bermingham at a young age. Sean took me under his wing and really helped me become an even better and more well-rounded angler.
By my early twenties, I had a very good understanding of the sport and wanted to take my skills to the next level. Between doing well in local tournaments and getting the opportunity to fish with pro fisherman, I knew that I one day I wanted to be able to teach others what I had learned along the way. In recent years I have also had the opportunity to become friends and fish with Hall of Fame Angler, Spence Petros. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be able to fish with the best of the best, and I would love to be able to teach you everything I have learned throughout the years.
I believe that I still learn a little something new everyday on the water. I am humbled by this sport and feel honored to do what I love for a living.
Best Fishing Moment:
Anytime I can give another person the thrill for their first fish. Especially my own boy and many other kids, big and small too. I just think about how they will remember there first fish and if it’s anything like my memories, they will be fishing for a long time to come. Also, right up there, is immediately after Winning the 2005 NAIFC National Championship I called home to tell them the news and my son replied “I knew you could do it!” Certainly not last is being chosen by the USA Ice Team to participate against the world on ice in the 2009 World Ice Fishing Championship. I won the final round in team trials to regain a spot on the 2010 USA Ice Team. In March 2010, in Rhinelander, WI, the USA Ice Team took home the first Gold Medal a United States fishing team has ever won in world competition. I am so proud to be a part of that team and to represent our country! Also, winning a SECOND North American Ice Fishing Championship in 2013 along with another Blue Diamond Ring was like a dream! It was also a fantastic time to put the tournament scene on hold while I focus on a new chapter in life as my son heads off to college soon. Trading Ice trips with college tours.