“I Fight Fish & Fires”
I kind of consider myself a “work in progress” kind of guy. To quote a famous movie star “Shrek”. “I’m complex, and layered like an onion”.
OK… So if you have checked out my pictures by now you’ve figured out that I’m a Firefighter, Dad, Husband and a fisherman. I’ve been fighting fires for over 30 years and tournament fishing professionally since 1996. These are both awesome jobs. And what’s really cool about having two jobs is I get to drive code 3 in fire equipment and drive a tournament bass boat. Now that’s cool!
Why I Fish: “I fish because I love fishing! All kinds of fishing from bass to trout to salmon to crappie if it swims I like to catch it. Sure I enjoy the relaxing time on the water, but I have always been a fierce competitor, so tournament angling is just right for me”
Fishing has provided tremendous opportunity for me and my family, it gave my son Greg Jr. a connection with the outdoors and has added to his life by allowing him to become the 3 Time California BASS Casting Kids Champion, 1 time Bassmaster Classic Casting Kids qualifier, and providing college scholarship for tuition. And the IGFA Jr. World Record holder for a 26 pound Peacock Bass caught in Brazil.
For Bobbie and I, fishing has allowed us to travel the United States and the world. We have met so many new friends in our travels away from our little town of Red Bluff to places like Brazil, Spain and Portugal we have been able to travel the world because of fishing.
Bobbie has been by my side and held down the fort for years, she’s taken care of bills, car problems, home work and yard work while have been away on campaign fires. She equally supports me with the same strength and determination while I’m away and traveling the country competing in fishing tournaments.
|Angling StuffFirst Tournament as a Pro: March 1996 (2nd Place)Tournament Trails Competed on: WON Bass, Western Bass, BASS Federation, Anglers Choice, Red Man, Walmart BFL, FLW EverStart, FLW National Guard, BASS Western Opens, BASS Western invitational, BASS Citco Tour, BASS ELITE Tour.Accomplishments:Anglers Choice Champion, WON Bass Champion, BASS Open Champion, 7 Time “Angler of the Year”, 2 Time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier, All American Qualifier/Runner-Up, 3 Time US Team Member Euro-Bass. Greg has logged and extensive professional career over hundreds of tournaments with 8-tournament wins, 31-Top 10 finishes, 18-Top 20 finishes, 24-Top 50 finishes at the professional level.Biggest Bass (Fish): LMB-12 Pounds (Farm Pond, Georgia), LMB-11 Pounds (Clear Lake, CA.), Spotted Bass-7.85 Pounds (Shasta Lake, CA.) Peacock Bass-25.5 Pounds (Brazil), Salmon-40 Pounds (Feather River, CA.), Steelhead-16 Pounds (Mad River, CA.)|
|Angling Hero||I have two, First is “My mom, she loved to fish and shared her passion with me, her passing has left a giant hole in my life. Second is Jimmy Reese, his humble personality masks his tournament fishing skills, he could compete at any level at any time!”.|
|Favorite Lake||Clear Lake|
|Least Favorite Lake||Lake Mead|
|Primary Fishing Strength||Pitching and Flipping|
|Secondary Fishing Strength||Finesse Fishing – Especially a Dart Head worm.|
|Biggest Weakness||Deep Cranking|
|Motor||Mercury Pro XS|
|Fishing Sponsors||Bass Angler HQ, Fins & Fire, Reaction Innovations, Lowrance|
|Favorite Food||“I like all kinds of food, but ice cream is my weakness.”|
|Favorite Music||“I listen to it all but Classic Rock always brings me home.”|
|Favorite Book/Movie||“Become a Better You” by Joel Osteen (book) , “Fire Proof” (movie)|
|Non-Angling Hero||“My mom, she shared a passion for fishing, and showed immense strength in her life’s journey”. I miss you mom!|
|When Not Fishing||“I like hanging out with my wife, Bobbie. I also like shooting and hunting”.|
|Why He Fishes||“Because I love fishing. I enjoy the time on the water, but I have always been a fierce competitor, so tournament angling is just right for me”|