I was Born in Pueblo, Colorado which makes me an actual native and a bit of a rarity. My family comes from Saginaw, Michigan and moved to Colorado in 1975. I have one younger brother and two older...much older step brothers. I grew up playing sports and fishing the Pueblo Reservoir. In the evenings me and my Dad would go to the reservoir just before dark and cast original Rapalas in search of those prowling Walleyes. Pueblo is known for it's big Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass and Wipers. Any night could bring that next big bite rolling up from beneath your bait and delivering that next ten pound Eye. I graduated high school and attended Colorado State University, Fort Collins Colorado, where my fishing focused on learning how to fly fish. Learning how to fly fish was an amazing experience and I still love taking a couple trips a year into the mountains in search of that dry fly bite. I married my college sweet heart of almost 20 years and we have three kids. Along with All Eyes on Fishing, I stay busy with my background check company Rocky Mountain Consulting Services LLC, coaching football and baseball and acting as a taxi service to my two teenage daughters.
After graduating college I stayed in Northern Colorado where I fished Horsetooth Reservoir, Carter and Boyd Lakes. Walleye remained the focus along with big fat Smallies. I was fortunate enough to work with a PWT/RCL Pro who allowed me to absorb as much mentoring as he was willing to give up. He introduced me to Dan Swanson who was at the time, competing for PWT rookie of the year. Dan would later become my tournament partner and he would teach me how to run a Ranger, work a Lowrance and how to Bass fish for Walleye. I began fishing Colorado Association Walleye tournaments in 2001 and during a tournament at North Sterling Reservoir I met Brad Qualley and Mitch Petersen. We were new comers to Colorado tournament fishing and we immediately bonded when we towed Brad and Mitch in on Day #2. I mainly fish the Wyoming Walleye Stampede Circuit these days and try to make it to a NTC every couple years.
My goal is to continue to fish Walleyes all over, looking for different tournaments to enter and continue having as much fun as possible. I love doing AEOF and helping people figure out how to catch more fish. Teaching people how to fish and helping them select products that are supported by good companies is a fun way of giving back to the sport that has given me so much.
Upper Green Bay, Lake Michigan