Why little plastic boats? When did you start kayak fishing?
I loved floating Green River in my canoe with my wife. Pretty soon we upgraded to kayaks. I love the peacefulness of kayak fishing and not having to worry about filling the gas tank. I also love being able to get out on the water and paddle around. Getting exercise and fishing at the same time is a big draw for me. I used to want to own a bass boat; I don't think that will happen now.
What is your first fishing memory?
We had a creek on the back of our farm. I remember wading that creek with my dad, catching smallmouth and bluegill when I was probably three or four.
What is your biggest pet peeve while on the water?
I absolutely hate inconsiderate people - and that's not only on the water. Also, trash around the lake or river.
Who or what was your biggest influence in kayak fishing?
I guess it would be gas prices and exercise. When I discovered everything about kayak fishing, I couldn't believe I hadn't got into it sooner.
My human powered fleet
You just won $400 million on Powerball - tell us what your ultimate kayak fishing trip would be.
I've always told my wife I wanted to put in at the dam on Green River near Campbellsville, KY and float Green to the Ohio to the Mississippi to the Gulf - just be like Huck Finn.
Are you a “lean and mean” or “everything including the kitchen sink” angler? What do you typically bring out with you on the water?
I'm a junk fisherman. I always bring a lot of stuff. I throw whatever I think will catch fish. Sometimes I'm right, sometimes I'm wrong.
My son Gavin with a nice bass
What is your favorite activity other than kayak fishing?
Spending time with my wife and kids, sports activities, camping, grilling out.
What, in your eyes, is the ultimate game fish?
I always find myself bass fishing.
Tell us something most people would NOT know about you.
I almost lost my right eye when an air hammer bit broke and went through my eye. The doctors say it is a miracle that I can see out of it. If it was a millimeter more towards the center they would have had to take the eye out. Three surgeries later, I have almost perfect vision.
Campfire stories - everyone loves them. Tell us a story that wasn’t covered by the above questions.
I was deployed to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean when I was in the Air Force. For $100 you could charter a boat and go deep sea fishing. Five of us went in one day and chartered one. We put a dollar bet on big fish (we were high rollers). I had caught a 12 lb. grouper and a 10 lb. red snapper. My buddy from Texas hadn't caught a fish all day. He had brought up a couple fish heads though. Five minutes before we went in, I thought I had the bet in the bag – but he hooked something big. After about a ten minute fight he reeled in an 8’ shark. We all gave him a dollar and bought him a drink.