ACK KFT Member: Brandon Mayes
ACK KFT Member: Brandon Mayes

ACK KFT Team Member – Brandon Mayes – ThatBassFishingDude

 

My name is Brandon Mayes AKA That Bass Fishing Dude! I’ve grown up fishing central Texas my entire early life. After my military service I took a huge liking to Bass fishing. I’ve enjoyed the journey of learning the most I can about chasing this extremely fun species and have built out quite the bucket list of others to chase over the next season.

TBFD Holding up a Bass he caught from his kayak
TBFD Holding up a Bass he caught from his kayak

How it started…

 

I got into the sport of kayak fishing roughly 2 years ago. It has been an incredible experience for me. Being 7ft tall it’s probably unusual to see a guy with my stature in a kayak but let me tell you it’s insanely fun. Growing up bank fishing I always found myself missing out on the best spots and areas to find the good fish. I tried a cheap kayak that belonged to my wife and that almost ended my kayaking journey before it started (I sunk it) LOL. But nonetheless I did some research and stayed course to find the right platform for me. It’s been a crazy adventure ever since.

 

TBFD kayaking down a creek
TBFD kayaking down a creek

Growing in the sport…

 

Fishing in general has always been a big part of my life growing up fishing with my mom and my aunt. As I got older the want to learn more is what pushed me to want to chase bass. Bass fishing is a true skill that I think most overlook as these fish are incredibly smart. Knowing how to target and catch them can literally set you up to catch anything in the world! It was my gateway fish LOL.

 

TBFD Flyfishing
TBFD Flyfishing

Fishing Style

 

My fishing style is all over the place. I’m a conventional guy but man do I love throwing big swim baits. There’s something about hooking a massive 6-10oz bait 60 yards and feeling the bite of a whale crush it! It really gets the blood pumping. I’m also getting into fly fishing. I’m hoping to land my first (anything) on the fly this year.

Man fishing from kayak at sunset
TBFD Fishing from a kayak at sunset.

What the future holds…

 

While I’ve been more on the adventure seeking side, my plan is to try the tournament scene some. No plans to go crazy and become a full-on tourney guy but it’s just another chapter in this incomplete journey I’d like to capture!

Brandon Mayes

ACK Kayak Fishing Team, Hobie Fishing Team, NRS Fishing Team

YT: ThatBassFishingDude

IG: @_ThatBassFishingDude_