Jason started his tournament career fishing with partners such as his uncles and his dad. His confidence as a professional angler grew as he began fishing individually in pro-am events. Jason’s desire to compete soon outgrew the local tournament circuit, and he wanted to see if he had what it takes to fish at a national level. In October 2007, Jason won a Stren Series event on Lake of the Ozarks, and he knew that victory would help pay his way to fish against the big boys. Jason's love of fishing and the support of his family helped him make the decision to stop coaching and begin a career as a touring professional angler.
Five First-Place Finishes
Five Bassmaster Classic Appearances
18 Top 10 Finishes
1978 Congressional National Water Safety Award
1999 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander's Achievement Award for Water Safety
2005 National Water Safety Spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard
Watching my kids excel and growing up
If I weren't a fisherman…
I would probably still be a basketball coach
Half ounce Booyah jig
Favorite Boat Snack
My dad taught me everything
Favorite Fishing Memory
Probably my first fish in my first classic. I was nervous, and I caught a 5-pounder to calm the nerves. I’ll never forget it.
I knew that I wanted to fish and deer hunt more than anyone else. Just never had any idea I would do it professionally.
Quote to live by
"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground." - Theodore Roosevelt
Jason’s fishing partner
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