I am a 49-year-old retired/disabled firefighter paramedic of 24 years, who began tournament fishing in 1996 with a local bass club. During that time, I learned so much about fishing, preservation and have made many great friends over the years from other clubs & states. I have held numerous offices in the bass club that I am in, from President, Vice President, Secretary and Tournament Director. I have won the Big Bass for the Year, a few years running, along with a few tournaments, but the greatest prize is fishing with an excellent group of people that I call friends.