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Gregg lives in northwest Wisconsin and considers the Chetek Chain his home water. His 2006 schedule consists of Fishers of Men West, Great Lakes Division BFL, Federation tournaments, and 6 open tournaments. He fishes 4 to 5 days a week from April through September, spending many hours on the lakes of northwest Wisconsin, as well as Pools 4 and 5 of the Mississippi River. His passions are deep water structure fishing and swim jig patterns.

I am 45 years old and live in Dallas, WI, a small town in the Rice Lake area. I have been married to my best friend Joni for what will be 24 years on May 1st 2006. In 1982 when we we married, the first thing we did was move to Onalaska Wisconsin to get closer to the Mississippi river. There I worked as an auto technician for a dealership and had a guide service. We have 2 children, a 19 year old daughter (Holly) and a 17 year son (Jordan).

I teach hunter safety in Barron, WI and I am a former school board member in the Barron School District.

My occupation for the past 13 years is an Operations Coordinator (Call Center Manager) for GE Commercial Finance Fleet Services in Eden Prairie, MN.

My father first started taking me fishing at age 2 and I am very thankful for that. In 1985 I started fishing bass tournaments in the La Crosse, WI area, and was soon cashing good checks every tournament. Between 1987 and 1991, I finished 43 out of 51 tournaments with no less then a 5th place finish.

In 1992 I took the job I currently have and moved the family to northwest Wisconsin - it was time for me to take a break from competitive fishing every weekend and spend time with my kids while they were young.  

In 2004 I started fishing competitively once again, however at the Federation level. I am known for my consistency and integrity. Although in 14 club tournaments I never finished higher than 3rd, I never finished worse than 6th. Could I have finished better? Yes. In the club format I deem it imperative to share knowledge with the person in the back of the boat and I will not sacrifice my own morals to look good on paper. I can cite instances where I taught partners to tie a Palomar knot, fish a Senko, a swim jig, drop shotting and the list goes on.

When I re-entered the tournament scene in 2004, my goal was to hit several money tournaments in 2006 and get back to my old form by 2007.

My schedule for this season is the Fishers of Men series (WI West), the BFL (Great Lakes Division) and 4 local open tournaments.

One priceless experience I had in 2005 was being an observer in the Elite 50 on Lake Wissota. With all the big names there it was interesting to me that these guys too, share rooms and expenses - flair is just that. I was paired with Kevin VanDam on day 1 and Larry Nixon on day 2 and I learned that I am not too far off track from a talent standpoint - I think the upper Midwest is stacked with good fishermen!

 

 

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