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Mark with a 5.59 LB NS Smallmouth
I do take my competitive fishing seriously but I always strive to have FUN first, when I am having fun the rest just seems to fall into place. I also take my commitments to our fishery seriously so I have always tried to maintain some time and energy to put back into the fishery from which I draw so much personally. I really strive to make a positive impact within the fishery and I devote a lot of resources and effort into getting our youth fishing. Enjoying the great outdoors, spending time with family and friends and doing our part to help nature are all driving forces of these committments.

Below is a list of some of my accomplishments, tasks I perform and areas in which I help out when possible.

A member of the Shimano, G Loomis, Power Pro and Jackall Pro Staff.

A member of Humminbird and Minn Kota Canada Pro Staff

A member of the Mercury Marine Canada Pro Staff.

Host of The First Cast Radio Show (First Cast Site) on CKBW and CJHK. A show I have been hosting since 2002 and mainly deals with local fishing here in Nova Scotia, covering news, tournaments updates, issues and topics in or around the NS fishery.

Founder of provincial organization to represent bass clubs/tournaments, RBANS - Responsible Bass Anglers of Nova Scotia www.rbans.ca

Owner and organizer of Nova Scotia's largest & richest bass tournament - Atlantic Bass Open www.atlanticbassopen.com

Founder and member of Bluenose Bassmasters. Nova Scotia's first B.A.S.S. affiliated chapter club that ran for several years under the OBFN before local interest waned.

South Shore Bassmasters - served 14 years as club President and one of founding members.

Seminar instructor on topics such as bass fishing, electronics in fishing and other topics related to fishing.

Sitting board member of Atlantic Whitefish Recovery and Conservation Team

Sitting member of IFAC (Inland Fisheries Advisory Council) meetings with provincial minister

Sitting member of AISWG (Aquatic Invasive Species Workign Group)

Regular member at RFAC (Regional Fishery Advisory Committees) meetings

Regular member of provincial tournament regulatory meetings

Regular volunteer for Nova Scotia Inland Fisheries projects and studies.

Instructor for L2F (Learn 2 Fish) program, going into schools annually and teaching kids all about fishing

Spearheaded campaign and headed up construction of multiple boat ramps within Nova Scotia via SSBM and RBANS.

I have provided instructional help and materials to local youth clubs to help promote bass fishing.

Filmed and hosted Simply Fishing segments on our local cable network.

Due to these many affiliations I am a well recognized member of the provincial bass fishery.

To stay up on this sport and other trends I regularly participate on various web site discussion boards and I read books on the subject as I come across them in addition to my regular subscriptions to various fishing periodicals

Numerous Top 10 fifteen finishes and lunker pool awards throughout competition in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. See my Fishing Team site for more stats.

2001 Canadian Association of Smallmouth Anglers Member of The Year, given to the individual who has dedicated years of hard work towards the association.

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