Bassmaster Elite Series
Brandon started fishing for bass at a very early age. Growing up only a few miles from Norris Lake, TN, Brandon stayed on the lake every chance he had. He competed in his first bass tournament at 14, and bought his first bass boat at age 16. Brandon honed his bass fishing skills by competing in many local and regional events throughout his high school years, including BFL tournaments and Bassmaster Weekend Series.
Following high school, he enrolled in the University of Kentucky’s landscape architecture program. Brandon joined the University of Kentucky Bass Fishing Team in 2005 and competed in his first college national championship that very year. The following season, he was appointed president of the UK Bass Fishing Team and served as president for the following three years. Throughout college, Brandon competed in six national championship events, including 2006, 2007, 2009 BoatU.S. National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championships, 2007 Ultimate Match Fishing College Edition, and 2008, 2009 Under Armour College Bass Championships.
In June 2007, Brandon won the Ultimate Match Fishing College Edition tournament on Oneida Lake, NY. Through that championship win, Brandon gained national exposure as he was featured in five episodes that aired on the Outdoor Channel. That win also gave him the confidence to pursue bass fishing as a career. Since graduating from college in May of 2009, Brandon has made great strides toward achieving his dream of becoming a professional angler.
Shortly following graduation, Brandon qualified and competed in the 2009 BASS Federation Nation Championship. The very next season, he won the 2010 BASS Federation Southern Divisional. That win re-qualified him to fish the BASS Federation Nation Championship for the second consecutive season.
Brandon competed in the 2011 BASS Southern Opens where he posted 4th, 9th, and 13th finishes in all three of the Southern Open tournaments. He finished 2nd place in Angler of the Year standings and received an invitation to compete in the 2012 Bassmaster Elites Series.
In 2012, Brandon’s first year on tour, he won the Bassmaster Rookie of the Year title. He finished 22 in the AOY standings and qualified for the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake (Feb. 22-24/13).