I am a northwest native who grew up bass fishing from an early age. Yes, I did a lot of trout fishing, but grew to love bass fishing as a kid on my local lake – Phantom Lake in Bellevue. I started out fishing from the shore of lakes and ponds around my
neighborhood and when I was old enough to get a paper route, I bought my first boat: a rubber raft. On summer evenings, I used to carry that raft through the neighborhood down to the lake, where I would catch lunker bass on Rapalas. It
was a blast. The bass averaged about three pounds with a few serious toads mixed in.
I worked my way up the boat ownership ladder. I graduated from a rubber raft to my next boat—a 12’ Smokercraft aluminum boat. I bought all the gear to make it as bass-friendly as possible. Later, I moved up to a 15 Skeeter and then a new 18 Skeeter. Eventually, I was able to achieve my dream of owning a Ranger. In 2003, I bought a Ranger 195VS. There was no comparison to my past boats in terms of quality. My other boats simply did not compare to a Ranger.
I still live in Bellevue near Lake Washington and love the fact that I can launch my boat just five minutes from home at the Newport Shores boat launch. I am only twenty minutes away from the Lake Sammamish launch. Now that I am a Ranger and Evinrude pro staffer, it is very easy for me to offer people demo/test rides. I am a member of, and the past president of, the Cast Masters Bass Club in Bellevue (www.castmasterbassclub.com). I am now a pro staffer for Ranger Boats and Evinrude outboards.
As far as the tournament circuit goes, you can find me fishing most of the open tournaments—NW Bass, and this year, ABA on the Westside. Another place you will see me is working with children at the “kids fishing day” events. This past September, the Cast for Kids event on Lake Washington was an incredible experience. I am now at a place in my life were being a pro staffer fits perfectly. My daughter is grown and my wife has agreed to give me all of her support. Yes, I know, I am a lucky man.
I am also grateful to Willie Nelson (Northwest Regional Rep) of Ranger Boats and Kelly Brown of Evinrude for giving me this opportunity and for putting their trust in me. My intention is to represent Ranger and Evinrude in the best fashion possible, to help them sell more boats and motors, and to promote the sport of bass fishing.
I am a business owner, operating a plumbing sales agency. I have been a salesman for twenty-four years. I have sold two things my entire career: quality products and good service. If you give me a chance to work with you when buying your next new or used boat, I promise that you will not be disappointed. I want Washington to be Ranger country because I honestly believe they are the best bass boats available. I also believe that you deserve good service when you purchase a Ranger Boat.
Here is a photo of the Washington Bass Federation State Team for 2009. That is me front and center on the lower row.
I took 3rd place in the State this year and will be fishing the Northwest Federation championship in Montana next year as a boater. If I win that event, I will qualify for the Federation Championship. Here is what I have an opportunity to win if I make it to the Championship:
Living The Dream Package
If you would like to “Live the Dream” check out joining one of the clubs affiliated with the TBF (The Bass Federation). I have a direct link on my site or visit www.wabass.org to find a club near you! It only cost me $200.00 dollars to fish the three qualifiers. For tournament fees, that is a really good deal. By the way, you can fish as a non-boater (back seater) so you don’t have to own a boat to join and fish for “Living The Dream.”
Below is a photo of me and my partner Steve Cowdrick receiving the 4th place plaque at the recent ABA Northwest Championship at the Columbia River on September 18th and 19th. That's me on the left and Steve on the right. The gentleman in the center is Dan Conrath of Conrath's Valley Marine out of Spokane. This is a proud moment for the Jones/Cowdrick team. We competed against the best bass fisherman from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana in this Championship event. It was a two day tournament, so it truly showed your angling skills.
I would like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers for making this event so successful. The folks from ABA did an outstanding job! A special thanks go's out to Dan Conrath of Spokane Valley Marine for his support and service while at this event. His website is www.spokanevalleymarine.com and they are one of the top Ranger and Stratos dealers in the Northwest.