PROSTAFF TEAM - MISSOURI
43 years old. Married for 23 years to Julie, with two daughters Abby and Katie both of his girls in college.
Don grew up in South Kansas City and was very involved in the outdoors at an early age. He began in the cub scouts and worked his way into the Boy Scouts and went all the way to Eagle Scout along with his two older brothers. Don’s parents thought it would better to keep their boys active in outdoor activities and out of trouble.
Spending just about every weekend camping all over the Midwest and spending a lot of time fishing local lakes like Truman, Lake of the Ozarks, Stockton and Table Rock Lake. But his family spent a bigger amount of time trout fishing at Bennett Springs state park in Lebanon Missouri, Don was hooked on Fishing. Little did Don’s parents realize that all of their hard work keeping him fishing and out of trouble would turn into a full time profession of taking other people fishing for a living.
After graduating college Don went into the computer industry and spent 20 years designing computer networks for large fortune 500 companies all over the Midwest and fell back to fishing as a relief of stress and to someday follow his life long dream fishing full time as a profession. After the company in which Don was a partial owner was sold in 2003, Don felt it was time to make a change and chase his dream and moved his family down to Branson Missouri to guide full time on Table Rock Lake. And the rest his history!
Don has been guiding full time now for three years and fishes over 175 days a year teaching clients how to fish the deep clear lakes of southern Missouri chasing all species from Spoonbill, Crappie, Bass, Walleye, Brown and Rainbow Trout.
Don’s Favorite Lures:
1) Drop Shot Fishing – 4” ROBO Worm (Bold Blue Gill)
2) Spoon Fishing – ¾ ounce all white
3) Shakey Jig – ¼ ounce Hazy Jig Head (8.5 inch Jackall Worm Green Pumpkin)
4) Foot Ball Jig – ¾ ounce Hazy Jig Brown and Purple Flash with twin tailed grub matching colors