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By Jeremiah Shaver
LaRocque and Joe Hall
Have you ever gone to a tournament and during the
dock talk hear the phrases: “Watch out for those guys” or “Those
guys are the team to beat”? Well
if you fish in the upper Mississippi pool regions, you’ve probably
heard that about Joe Hall and Aaron LaRocque.
These guys have been dominating team tournaments over the past
6 years – take a look at some of their accomplishments..
3rd Place Team Supreme Championship
Horizon Award Winners KFAN/St Jude- Most Improved
fundraising from 2004
Place Fishers of Men/ Mississippi River
1st Place Great
River Team Bass Classic (June)
Place Team Supreme North Star
1st Place Great
River Team Bass Classic (July)
Two 2nd place finishes
and a 3rd place finish in Denny’s River Circuit
3rd Place Rudy Wozney Memorial Tournament
1st Place Great River Open
2nd Place KFAN/St. Jude Team Classic
4th Place KFAN/St. Jude Team Classic
3rd Place Denny’s Fall Classic
I got a chance to meet up with them to discuss a
few things about their team and about their fishing prowess.
long have you two been partners?
We started fishing some small local tournaments
in the summer of 96’ but moved up to larger team events in 99’.
I think we were drawn to tournaments like most people are; you
watch a weigh-in on your home water and your immediately hooked.
did you guys meet up and decide to fish together?
At the time we started fishing there were not many guys from
our area that fished for bass. I
guess it seemed like the most logical choice because everyone else was
chasing Walleye…yes I said it, Walleye.
tournaments do you fish together?
We fish the Team Supreme Trail, as well as any other local team
would you consider your biggest win/favorite win?
It would have to be last summer when we won 3 in a row.
It really helped our confidence level after a shaky spring.
boat do you fish out of?
is your strength's as a team?
Making adjustments when the fish do not want to cooperate and
fishing slow when the bite is off.
We both have full-time jobs…kidding; it would have to be
catching kicker fish. I
can’t tell you why but we never seem to get that 4-5 lb. fish you
need to win a tournament.
goals do you have as a team?
To never stop learning.
If we do that we should continue to just get better.
are your individual goals?
Aaron- Win the next tournament… but ultimately who wouldn’t
want to fish for a living?
Joe- It would be pretty neat to qualify for the FLW some day and see
what happens from there.
*** Joe also fished in the Everstart National
Championships last year…***
In addition to the local team events, Aaron will be fishing the
Silverado Trail and Joe will be fishing the Stren series.
Aaron is sponsored by Bob’s bait and tackle in LaCrosse, WI
who produces the Lethal weapon swim jig.
Joe is sponsored by John Hall’s Alaska.