I didn't grow up in a fishing family. My family loved the outdoors, but my passion for fishing comes from within. Growing up in Southern California, there were lots of places to go fishing — freshwater and saltwater — and I loved all of them. Whether I was casting into the surf on the coast or off a boat dock in a reservoir, fishing made me happy; and the desire to learn more, understand more and catch more is what drove me to work hard and keep going. It still drives me.
As I got a little older, I found out about bass tournaments and discovered that competitive bass fishing was what I wanted to do with my life. It was a way to hone my skills and test myself against other anglers. Since I was too young to drive or to enter tournaments on my own, I fished with my mother, Carol, and we eventually became competitive on the California team tournament trails.
By the time I learned to drive, I was expanding my horizons and competing against the best anglers in the West. It was a great training ground, and I met a lot of talented fishermen, but I wanted more. I wanted to fish national tournaments and travel around the country catching bass wherever I could find them. I wanted to test my skills against the best anglers in the country and the world.
I've been fishing professionally for more than 20 years now and have accomplished some of what I set out to do. I've won some tournaments and lost a lot more. It's the nature of a very humbling sport. If it was easier, I probably wouldn't do it.
My love of fishing has taken me across the country and around the world. When I started, I wanted to learn and get better. Then I wanted to test myself against the best and prove that I belonged.
Today, I still want to learn and improve. I still want to test myself against the best and show that I belong.
Tomorrow ... I'll be working toward those same goals.
And that's where Enigma Fishing comes in. Enigma shares my commitment to taking the next step, moving forward and building the best tools to give every angler the edge he or she needs to improve, to compete or just to enjoy fishing more.
For me, fishing is a journey — not a finish line. Let's take it together.