My life has been a true adventure. I was so lucky to know early in life what I wanted to do for a career. Since the age of 16, I knew I wanted to be a professional angler. I have been blessed to be living that dream to the fullest.
As far as my career goes, I feel my best years are ahead of me.I took a year off and yes even announced my retirement from the sport. I was at a point in my life where I needed to fall back and get refocused. That refocusing started with more time with the family. I have been able to do that, but never lost the desire to fish professionally.
After a year off, I began to form new ways of looking at all the aspects of professional fishing; sponsor obligations, sponsors I wanted to work with, travel dates, tournament organizations and formats that I wanted to fish. In other words, I took control of how I was going to do it the second time around.
The second time was short lived and by design; one of the biggest reasons I came back was to make sure I was connected to the sport if Major League Fishing took off. Well it has taken off and I got talked into being the Color Analyst. This has been one of the best decisions ever!
I am able to stay home more and spend time with my family. I fish when I want to, not when I have too and I get to watch the best in the business do their “thing” from the best seat on the water.
I still enjoy getting out on the water. There is nothing better than a sunrise or sunset and, if I get to experience both in the same day, then it has been a great day. I still fish an occasional one day event whether it’s an individual tournament or a team event with a friend. I hope to one day surpass the one million mark in career earning. I am just doing it $200 at a time now. That could take awhile and I am ok with that – more time on the water.
I have a small bucket list in fishing that includes: enjoy each day to its fullest, teach when I get the chance, leave the sport in better shape than I found it and maybe one day go back to an All-American, FLW Championship, BASS Master Classic, or show up unannounced at an MLF event and talk my way into competing. I wonder if I will fold under the pressure of the score tracker? I have a feeling some things are better left to the imagination!