Photo: Bassmaster.com / Dalton Tumblin
Jason was born and raised in Eastern Oklahoma. He grew up hunting on family land and fishing on the local lake. He played basketball throughout high school where he earned a scholarship to play at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. He graduated with a degree in education in 1998 and began his profession as a coach. When not fishing, he enjoys spending time with his three daughters: Ali, Ana, Jaslyn.
Over the years, Jason has competed in local and regional tournaments and has had a great amount of success. He started his tournament career fishing with various partners including his uncles and his dad and together they won many team tournaments. Jason also fished individually in pro-am events which proved to be successful and helped to build his confidence as a professional angler. His desire to compete was outgrowing the local tournament circuit and he wanted to see if he had what it takes to fish at a national level. His big break came October 2007 when he won a Stren Series event on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri and he knew that victory would help pay his way to fish against the big boys!
Jason's love of fishing and the support of his family helped him make the decision to stop coaching and begin a career as a touring professional angler. Jason has 7 BASSMASTER wins, including the 2022 Bassmaster Classic.
|Home Lake||Grand Lake (Okla.)|
|Favorite Lake||Kentucky Lake|
|Least Favorite Lake||Lake Norman – "It's clear and it gets a lot of pressure, and it seems like everybody ends up fishing on top of each other."|
|Favorite Technique||Shallow-water flipping|
|Primary Fishing Strength||Power-fishing|
|Secondary Fishing Strength||Versatility|
|Biggest Weakness||Spinning rods|
|Fishing Sponsors||Falcon Rods, YUM, Yamaha, Xpress Boats, Garmin, Lew's, Booyah, Lazer TroKar, Power-Pole, Sunline, Motorguide, Bomber, Hamby's Keel Protector, T-H Marine, AFTCO (apparel), Costa, The Bass Tank|
|Non-Fishing Sponsors||Cherokee Nation Businesses|
|Tow Vehicle||Toyota Tundra|
|Favorite Book/Movie||Hoosiers (movie)|
|Non-Angling Hero||"I had an uncle named Duck. We have a big family and he was kind of the leader of the family. He was a big deer hunter and he fished some regional tournaments."|
|When Not Fishing||Hunt deer|
|Why He Fishes||"It's a combination of the competition and just being outdoors."|