Tommy Pitman

  • Year's bass fishing: 6 years
  • Favorite Lake Fun: Lake Roosevelt
  • Favorite Lure: Ned rig
  • Preferred Species: Smallmouth
Memorable fishing moment
Catching my PB Smallmouth on go pro.

Mike Kraus

  • Year's bass fishing: 6 years
  • Favorite Lake Fun: Black Lake
  • Favorite Lure: Flipping jig with either a chigger craw or rage menace
  • Preferred Species: I like both, but prefer Smallmouth
Memorable fishing moment
Catching 2 bags of winter Smallmouth over 23lbs.

Drew Faucher

  • Year's bass fishing: 8 years
  • Favorite Lake Fun: Whitestone
  • Favorite Lake Tournament: Potholes
  • Favorite Lure: Spro Rat
  • Preferred Species: I prefer Largemouth
Memorable fishing moment
Catching my PB on the Spro Rat 7.14lb largemouth.

Jeff Young

  • Year's bass fishing: 2.5
  • Favorite Lake Fun: Spanaway
  • Favorite Lake Tournament: Potholes
  • Favorite Lure: Suk It jig with a Missile D bomb trailer.
  • Preferred Species: Gotta say large just cause I don't have that experience with the smallies yet and my personal best is a 7.25 largemouth.
Memorable fishing moment
Watching my step-son real in his first bass two Thanksgivings ago. Winning back to back small ABA Tournaments at Alder a few weeks back.

Mark Brown

  • Year's bass fishing: 30 years. Grew up in Texas fishing Largemouth.
  • Favorite Lake: Potholes. You can focus on largemouth or smallmouth and either way catch a great bag of fish.
  • Favorite Lure: Hollow body frog.
  • Preferred Species: Smallmouth because they are still a newer fish for me.
Memorable fishing moment
Catching a limit of Redfish in the saltwater and then heading to lake Sam Rayburn in the evening to catch a limit of largemouth.

Brian Walker

  • Year's bass fishing: Bass fishing for 36 years, competing for 24.
  • Favorite Lake: Silver lake Castle Rock. Second would be potholes.
  • Favorite Lure: Zoom centipede watermelon seed, second would be t1 spinnerbait in a half ounce.
  • Preferred Species: I enjoy both largemouth and smallmouth largemouth because of how you have to fish for them, smallmouth because of how aggressive they hit and fight.
Memorable fishing moment
Fishing with my daughter the day she stuck a large mouth that ended up being a state record for the line class.
JJ Stark

JJ Stark

  • Year's bass fishing: 4 years
  • Favorite Lake: Lake Washington or Potholes
  • Favorite Lure: A football head with a craw
  • Preferred Species: I prefer the fight of small mouth but really enjoy the style of largemouth fishing.
Memorable fishing moment
My first Potholes tournament sitting around the fire with a bunch of guys from the club.

Toby Hoekstra

  • Year's bass fishing: Been fishing most of my life, bass fishing off and on throughout the years.
  • Favorite Lake: Kentucky lake back home but out here potholes.
  • Favorite Lure: A top water popper on the fly, square bill on conventional.
  • Preferred Species: Large mouth, I love a good top water smash from a bucket mouth.
Memorable fishing moment
Catching fish with my grandpa at lake Glendale in Southern Illinois

Terry Steffensen

  • Year's bass fishing: 25
  • Favorite Lake: Potholes
  • Favorite Lure: Green Pumpkin Senko
  • Preferred Species: Both! They both have their attributes. Smallmouth for sheer ferocity and largemouth for just being so sneaky and hidden all the time.
Memorable fishing moment
My daughter's first solo 3lb LM off her grandpa's Moses Lake dock at 3 years old.

Don Hamer

  • Year's bass fishing: 40+
  • Favorite Lake: Sammamish
  • Favorite Lure: Junebug Zoom Shakey Head Worm
  • Preferred Species: Definitely smallmouth - used to have to travel 2+ hours to fish for them on the east coast. Now have to travel 10 minutes to Lake Sawyer. No better fight on light line and tackle than a 3-pound brownie.
Memorable fishing moment
6th place finish on FLW Lake Erie (co-angler)

Ron Hankinson

  • Year's bass fishing: 42 years ish
  • Favorite Lake: Silver Lake/ Cowlitz County
  • Favorite Lure: Zoom Brush Hog/ screw in titanium rattling weight
  • Preferred Species: I grew up fishing in Arizona, Largemouth were king down there. I've always enjoyed catching both but there is something about the "tick" with 8 feet of line out, heavy action rod, mean hook set and hold on! Love catching fish, smallmouth or largemouth but I have to say........ Largemouth.
Memorable Fishing Moment
At Silver Lake several years ago for the April tournament and fishing all day for 5 bites, not 6 bites, exactly 5. Caught all 5 fish and weighed in 23.13 lbs. to win the tournament. The previous day, Saturday, I caught 3 total and one of them was a 7.11. I thought I had both first place and big fish sealed up. Rob Maglio comes in Sunday with 1 fish..... an 8.11 gorilla! Remember that Rob? A very memorable weekend with a great group of people.

Joe Frederick

  • Year's bass fishing: 5
  • Favorite Lake: Lake Tapps
  • Favorite Lure: Dropshot mini Keitech
  • Preferred Species: I would say smallmouth just because I have more experience and they seem to have a little more fire in the belly.
Memorable fishing moment
Catching my PB Largemouth during a club tournament at Silver Lake only to discover my live well wouldn't turn on. Luckily I had auxiliary oxygen bubbles and I filled my live well with my cooler.

Rocky Beemen Sr.

  • Year's bass fishing: 43 years
  • Favorite Lake: Potholes and Tapps
  • Favorite Lure: senko
  • Preferred Species: Smallmouth
Memorable fishing moment
Winning team tournaments with my son Rocky Jr

Darren Thomas

  • Year's bass fishing: 7 (45 years fishing other species off and on)
  • Favorite Lake: I love small lakes I can fish from my kayak. No favorites though.
  • Favorite Lure: Ned rig and drop shot
  • Preferred Species: Love top water large mouth. Need to do more of that.
Memorable fishing moment
Catching a 6ish pound largemouth from my kayak with 5 pound test. I missed it with the frog, yanked it too early when I saw the splash which is typical for me. I followed up with my finesse rod and a Senko. It was a spinning rod with 5 pound fluoro leader tied to braid. I tossed it in right after my flubbed top water attempt and it hit it almost immediately. It dragged me around that small lake for a bit as I tried to tire it out. I eventually got it to the kayak and lipped it for a successful landing. Wife got a good shot of me and the beast. It is my personal best to date as I haven't been out as much as I would like. The picture is that moment.

Kodiak Lyons

  • Year's bass fishing: 5
  • Favorite Lake: Lake Tapps
  • Favorite Lure: Dropshot
Memorable fishing moment
Watching a 6lb largemouth inhale my bait in clear water, my biggest bass so far. Do you prefer Largemouth or Smallmouth bass and why. Smallmouth, each one is a mean underwater serial killer.

Carl Sabin

  • Years bass fishing: 39
  • Favorite Lake: Banks Lake
  • Favorite Lure: largemouth - spinnerbait, Smallmouth - 5inch Yamamoto salt & pepper grub on 3/8th darter head.
  • Preferred Species: Smallmouth. Nothing better than finding a wolfpack of 3-5lb smallmouth.
Memorable fishing moment
  1. Qualifying for the Las Vegas regionals through west coast bass and U.S. bass with my father in the 80's.
  2. Doing trick casting shows and seminars at the Sportsmans expos between age 7-13.

Brad Johnson

  • Year's bass fishing: 13
  • Favorite Lake: Don't have a favorite lake. I like almost all lakes we fish for different reasons.
  • Favorite Lure: Don't have a favorite lure.
  • Preferred Species: I don't have a preference.
Memorable fishing moment
Potholes tournament 5 years ago. It was the last time I fished with my dad.

Rocky Beemen Jr.

  • Year's bass fishing: 26
  • Favorite Lake: Lake Tapps or Banks Lake
  • Favorite Lure: Topwater/frogs or Hula grubs
  • Preferred Species: I love them both!
Memorable fishing moment
My son's first fishing trip this summer to Banks Lake.

Daniel Langel

  • Year's bass fishing: 30 years (started around 10 years old going to Potholes with my dad and his friend)
  • Favorite Lake: Ohop and Clear lake in Pierce county
  • Favorite Lure: Ned Rig/Senko/Whopper Plopper
  • Preferred Species: I like the fight of smallies put up but I absolutely love catching a big ol bucketmouth!
Memorable fishing moment
Catching my first bass on a spinner bait at potholes when I was 10 thinking it was a carp.. and A few years ago at Whitman lake in pierce county threw a senko up along a long while on my pontoon boat, I thought I snagged it on the log and turned out to be my biggest bass I have ever caught it was over 6lbs!

Don Hankinson

  • Year's bass fishing: 38
  • Favorite Lake: Washington Potholes (or Silver)
  • Favorite Lure: Zoom Brush Hawg or Zman Ned TRD
  • Preferred Species: Love fishing period. Roosterfish in Cabo, smallmouth in Washington, salmon in BC.
Memorable fishing moment
so very many GREAT memories

Jason Crandall

  • Year's bass fishing: 30
  • Favorite Lake: Potholes
  • Favorite Lure: Frog
  • Preferred Species: Whatever is biting better
Memorable fishing moment
My first year bass fishing. I was about 10, and My uncle gave me a jitterbug and took me night fishing. The next day I developed bass fever.

Mack Randle

  • Year's bass fishing: 20 years bass fishing
  • Favorite Lake: Banks Lake is my favorite in Washington.
  • Favorite Lure: Favorite lure would have to be Reaction Innovation Vixen.
  • Preferred Species: I enjoy both smallmouth and largemouth but my favorite is fishing for spotted bass.
Memorable fishing moment
Fishing my first FLW series tournament as a boater.

Larry Sullivan

  • Year's bass fishing: 35 - 25 with Western Bass Club
  • Favorite Lake: Banks Lake
  • Favorite Lure: Lure....Senko... Green Pumpkin.
  • Preferred Species: Prefer Largemouth Fishing
Memorable fishing moment
Winning the 2015 Bass Club Jamboree. 

Ernest Griffin

  • Year's bass fishing: 25 years
  • Favorite Lake: Lake Washington - because it's a difficult yet challenging and fun lake to figure out the various fishing techniques to be successful.
  • Favorite Lure: Drop Shot & Senko
  • Preferred Species: Primary smallmouth
Memorable fishing moment
Catching a 6.6 small mouth bass on a jerk bait in the dunes on Potholes.

Derek Monaghan

  • Year's bass fishing: 25 years
  • Favorite Lake: Potholes
  • Favorite Lure: Walking topwater. There's nothing that gets the adrenaline pumping like a massive blow up on the surface.
  • Preferred Species: Smallmouth because they fight harder.
Memorable fishing moment
Attending a trout fishing derby with my daughters. My girls were using those little Disney princess poles as we were trolling my oldest had a fish hit and rip her pole right out of the back of the boat. She then asked what happened to my pole? Hard to explain to a 4 year old what had just happened and now she doesn't have a pole. Someone did snag it later on.. 

Rodney Heupel

  • Year's bass fishing: Started fishing as a young kid, walleye and northern pike in North Dakota. I’ve been bass fishing 33 years after I accidently caught my first bass on a silver black backed Rapala on a Ft. Lewis marsh.
  • Favorite Lake: There are so many. For fun fishing it has to be Banks Lake. For tournament fishing that would be Pot Holes.
  • Favorite Lure: I have no one favorite lure, but really enjoy throwing a big 10 to 12 inch worm come mid-summer through fall.
  • Preferred Species: Love catching both, the fight of a smallmouth just can’t be beat!
Memorable fishing moment
Winning Angler of the Year.

Chris Blandi

  • Year's bass fishing: About 22 years
  • Favorite Lake: Long Lake in Lacey, but before it got opened year round.
  • Favorite Lure: It's a toss between a 8" Huddleston swimbait and a Jig with a big craw trailer. Both get big bites. When you go for hours without a bite then feel that tick, your heart races more than ever.
  • Preferred Species: I have always been a Largemouth, shallow water guy. They grow bigger and I think that's what does it for me. BUT whenever I hook even a 12 inch Smallmouth I have a ton of fun, they fight so much better.
Memorable fishing moment
I'd say my most memorable moment is the first time I cashed a check. Me and my Ford co-worker were fishing a Silver Lake open.. It was typical Silver Lake, slow. Then around 11 a.m. while we were joking around, I felt my jig rod tick and it was on. Get the net. We landed a largemouth a little over 5 lb 9 oz. That was our only bite of the day. We were literally packing up to leave when another club member said hey go over to the awards I think you guys placed. Turns out we got third place and missed Big Fish by 1.5 Oz. We drove home with $408 and a huge smile on our faces.

Craig Bukowski

  • Year's bass fishing: 9 years. Fished for muskies and walleye mostly all my life but switched to mostly bass 9 years ago.
  • Favorite Lake: Potholes
  • Favorite Lure: Swim jig – love the Strike King Hack Attack Heavy cover swim jig with a Rage Swimmer trailer
  • Preferred Species: I love catching fat, fired up smallmouth, but there is nothing better than setting the hook on a large green when you are pitching and you see your line jump! That’s why I love Potholes so much!
Memorable fishing moment
Catching a 7lb largemouth on Lake Washington after my line broke. I set the hook skipping a Strike King Ocho under a dock and my line broke. I saw my line floating on top of the water next to the boat and it started to move. I grabbed the line with my hands and when I felt tension, I set the hook again and started to wrap the line around my hands as I pulled in the fish. I had no idea how big it was and since the line snapped about 8 feet from the hook, my hands were all tangled up so I had to roll over on the deck to pull the fish in. The favorite fish pic above is that fish. Cool thing was, the Blue Angles were flying over practicing for SeaFair at the same time.

Phillip LaRosee

  • Year's bass fishing: 7 years
  • Favorite Lake: Pot holes
  • Favorite Lure: Space Monkey with a pegged 3/8 weight
  • Preferred Species: Largemouth because I like to fish shallow.
Memorable fishing moment
My partner catching an 8lb largemouth at the Washington team tournament last year.

Jose Gomez

  • Year's bass fishing: 20 years
  • Favorite Lake: Lake Washington
  • Favorite Lure: Football head jig with hulla grub
  • Preferred Species: Smallmouth because they don't give up.
Memorable fishing moment
My first trophy with the club, October 2007, big fish, 6lb 11oz smallmouth

Kai Wikstrom

  • Year's bass fishing: Bass fished for as long as I remember. Probably about 15 years.
  • Favorite Lake: Lake Washington
  • Favorite Lure: Keitech swing impact fat. So many ways to fish it.
  • Preferred Species: I prefer smallmouth. I respect how hard they fight, and grew up catching them. Big smallmouth have a special place in my heart
Memorable fishing moment
My first bass ever was a 5lb prespawn smallmouth, on a worm and bobber when I was 6 years old. That's the fish that got me hooked on fishing.

Stu Karpenko

  • Year's bass fishing: 17 Years
  • Favorite Lake: Banks and Roosevelt
  • Favorite Lure: Carolina Rig with a 6" watermelon seed Zoom lizard
  • Preferred Species: Smallmouth. I love how hard they hit and fight and they are most prominent in the lakes I like to fish.
Memorable fishing moment
Partner Mark Maderos and I won the Frostbite Tournament at Banks to complete 3rd, 2nd and 1st in consecutive years.

Mike Remmey

  • Year's bass fishing: 38 years!
  • Favorite Lake: Kapowsin
  • Favorite Lure: Vision 110
  • Preferred Species: 
Memorable fishing moment
Winning Chelan with only 11lbs! Do you prefer Smallmouth or Largemouths and why? Smallmouth because they fight harder.