Growing up in Russellville, Arkansas I have had the great opportunity to be raised on Lake Dardanelle.
When I was little, I followed my step dad’s footsteps in becoming a great bass fisherman like him. We would go fishing almost every day when school was over and stay till dark. It became a routine that I still follow to this day: eat, sleep and go fish.
My favorite type of fishing is bass fishing and I love catching big bass on artificial lures such as a Carolina rig. When using a Carolina rig to fish, it’s a very slow process. Casting out a long piece of fishing line, letting the weight thump the bottom and dragging that sparkly bug on the bottom is definitely what I look forward to catching my fish on.
My tournament fishing experience started during my freshmen year in high school, and that’s when I fell in love. Being the competitive person I am, I put everyday forward from then on out to getting better at fishing.
‘The Bass Federation’ hosted the ‘High School Fishing World Finals’ – I just had to fish it. From the summer of my freshmen year to the summer of my senior year, I definitely became more familiar with the sport. It was a huge change in standings throughout the years I fished.
When I was a freshman, I didn’t even make top ten in standings; it was so devastating. I didn’t want to go back to school the next year. My junior and senior year you can bet that’s all I put my mind to, finishing in the top ten.
I competed in the Arkansas Youth State Championship on Lake Dardanelle. I was the Runner-Up State Champion by less than a pound in 2011 (junior year), where as in 2012, I fell short again and finished with a ranking of third in the state of Arkansas in the high school division.
It was definitely a huge let down, but hey, that’s just fishing. I just wanted to keep excelling in the sport I loved, and that’s when I thought about life after high school.
The ATU Fishing team held a seminar at my high school one afternoon my senior year and I couldn’t believe I was hearing that college fishing existed. It was great to find out that the college right down the road had just what I wanted: a fishing team! So, it was as easy as that, Arkansas Tech University was where I would attend.
I am a senior at Arkansas Tech University, graduating in May 2017 with a degree in journalism-public relations and a minor in speech communications.
College fishing was a great opportunity in getting involved with others who have the itching urge to go fishing everyday like I do. This is my fourth year fishing for Arkansas Tech, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Our team is more like a family and that’s my favorite part. Whether team mates have good fishing days or bad, we always have a good time.
Going to college was a great way for me to start competing in the fishing industry on a different level. I have fished several major college tournaments, Fishing League Worldwide: Bass Fishing League, and competed as a co-angler on the FLW Tour.
I would describe myself as a female who has a love for the outdoors that is indescribable. I hope to one day share the love I have for the outdoors with the outdoor industry and people around the world.