Joe grew up on Long Island, New York salt water fishing in Zachs Bay and Jamiaca Bay mostly, with oceans trips on occasion. Fishing the runway piers at Kennedy Airport turned Joe on to striper fishing. He enjoyed trolling for stripers and blues. A friend got Joe into bass fishing when he was about 10 years old. He wasn’t the coolest kid showing up on his bike at the lake with a 7ft saltwater pole and a large old Penn reel. Joe begged his dad to get him a freshwater setup, and a couple weeks later his dad came home with a Sears Ted Williams fishing package. He mowed grass twice a week all summer to repay his dad, but it was worth it.
When Joe moved to Virginia in the 70’s, the manager at the local K-Mart turned him on to some spots on the Shenandoah, and Joe got hooked on smallmouth bass. He fished his first tournament in ’82 on Smith Mountain Lake with Barry Shelor of Smith Mountain Bassmasters. Joe caught a 3.5 lb Smallie and was hooked on tournament fishing. The only problem was that there was only one club around and they weren’t very open to strangers joining. He wound up being a charter member of Rockingham Bass Anglers and fished many a tournament since then. Joe says, “Rockingham Bass Anglers is a great group of guys. I learned so much over the years from them.” Joe pulled a partner at the Fall Classic who was a member of Battlefield Bass Anglers and they talked highly about the club, the friendship, and brotherhood of BBA.
Joe joined BBA in the fall of 2016, and has been smiling ever since. The first tournament was rained out; the second tournament he got asked to fish with Shawn O’Sullivan, It was the fall classic and they hooked up, fished well together, and teamed up for 2017. Joe says, “He couldnt be happier.”