|Home Town:||Clinton Twp, MI|
|Hobbies:||Ice fishing, archery, custom rod building and inventing cool new toys like the Sonic Ice Hopper
Visit us at www.sportsmensdirect.com to see all of the Ice Hopper products and much more.
|Favorite Athlete(s):||Any athlete that's not too arrogant|
|Favorite Food(s):||Pizza or spicy chilli|
|Favorite Rod/Reel:||My very own Sportsmen's Direct Rods and reels, plus IceTech Razor reels. For open water fishing, daiwa SS series reels and St. Croix or G loomis rods.|
|Favorite Bait:||Little Atom Nuggies, Micro-Nuggies, J and S Ice Mite or GoJo, Heavy Metal Epoxy Crystal jigs|
|Favorite Type of Fishing:||Ice fishing, but do love river fishing for steelhead too.|
|Best Fishing Memory as a Child:
Getting my picture on the board of a local tackle shop for catching a #52, six fish limit of walleyes and a bonus muskie while shore fishing from a local pier. I was blessed to grow up in St. Clair Shores MI, in the Nautical Mile area. I spent my entire childhood fishing the area canals, piers and marinas. When I was about 14 I started to venture offshore. But I still love to fish my childhood haunts...now I share them with my son.
|Best Fishing Moment:
Watching my 5 yr old son hook and land 2 14" perch from 27 fow using a flasher and all artificial bait. He was also using a rod that I had built for him. The smile on his face was priceless. Finishing in the top ten on both days last year at the NAIFC was pretty cool too!
My friends just call me Little John, I'm really not sure why. I don't look that little with all my layers of insulation on. I'm 45 yrs old, married 17 yrs to a saint of a wife and have two wonderful children, Joshua age 9 and Jordan age 5. They are the best. I am a devout Christian and always consider myself a "work in progress". I work for one of the worlds largest automotive suppliers and Rep. for them at a local auto assembly plant. I spend most of my vacation time fishing tournaments.
I like quality toys like my custom 4x4 Quigley E350 extended van that I drive to all the tournamnets. My fishing is important to me. So I don't skimp. I only use equipment that I know is always up to the task.
Sportsmen's Direct Inc
Wilcraft - the only ATV designed by ice fishermen and for ice fishermen. Like a bass boat on ice!
Montrose Trailers- custom aluminum trailers
Woods-N-Waters Outdoor Fair, Imlay City MI, Sept. 9-11 2011
NAIFC championship in Rhinelander, WI. Dec. 2011
Qualified for 8 NAIFC Championships including Dec.'11 and have finished in the top 10 twice. i Have also competed on the NEIT and in the Canadian Ice Fishing Championships.