Growing up in East Tennessee, Ben taught himself to fish through personal experience by trial and error on the local waters near his family’s house. He became very passionate about fishing at an early age, and as he got older he began to compete in small fishing derbies. That competitive atmosphere later drove him to compete in several large bass boat tournaments and later into kayak fishing tournaments. Today, he still competes, but his experience has also translated into helping coordinate several large payout events as well as social gatherings.
Ben currently resides in Northwest Arkansas and is very active in his kayak angling community. He is a co-founder and board member for the Arkansas Kayak Anglers and the RazorYak Tournament Trail. Since its founding, the club and its tournament trail have grown from a small club to the state’s premier kayak fishing club and tournament series with 4 chapters and a tremendous statewide following. Ben also represent his local kayak dealer, Ozark Mountain Trading Company, as a ProStaff Member as well as Editor and Contributor for the shop’s Facebook page. Ben is also a ProStaff Member for Golden’s Baits (owned and operated by a current Native ProStaffer, Gerrad Golden), and Part of the leadership team for the Northwest Arkansas chapter of Heroes On the Water (H.O.W.).
For Ben, there is nothing better than a day on the water. Whether it be chasing smallmouth in a mountain river or paddling one of the local lakes, Ben can be found almost daily on a body of water somewhere in the Ozarks. He is continuously trying to grow and develop himself as an angler as well as expand his passion into his community. He is an advocate of safe boating practices, catch and release, and proper fish handling techniques and takes time to help others learn about the sport of kayak fishing.
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