I recently had the
privilege of interviewing Brennon McCord who
just won the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League All
American Tournament on the Potomac River.
Brennon is a 22 year old BFL Pro from West
Frankfort Ill. Brennon has logged two BFL wins
already. One on Rend Lake in 2018 and of course
the All American this year. He is an affable
young man who is very well spoken and with an
obvious angling prowess that belies his age. Brennon
agreed to answer a few questions over the phone
regarding his recent victory.
Photo Credit: FLW
AC: Tell us a little about
BM: Well Iím 22 years old and I live in West
BM: I will be in Oct.
AC: How did you get started
in bass fishing?
BM: I started fishing tournaments with my dad
and my grandpa when I was just a little kid. We
won our first buddy tournament when I was eight
years old. Pretty much everything I know about
bass fishing I learned from them.
AC: You just won the BFL
All American on the Potomac River. That is a
huge accomplishment for anyone, even more so for
someone as young as you are. Has it sunk in yet?
BM: Not really. In some ways it doesnít seem
AC: Had you ever fished the
Potomac before this event?
BM: Except for a couple of practice days just
before the tournament I had never fished it.
AC: Did you have any
experience fishing tidal waters?
BM: None. But I did a lot of research on the
internet before the tournament. I watched all of
the old FLW events and how they were won in
previous years. I just fished it a lot like I
fish the lakes at home.
AC: How did you figure out
BM: In practice I found a couple of areas that I
could get bit when the tide was coming in and
AC: You concentrated on
Mattawoman Creek the entire event, why there?
BM: Just from researching I knew that the bigger
fish seemed to always be caught in that area,
and I knew going into the event that I didnít
want to spend a lot of time running around so I
decided to concentrate on Mattawoman Creek and
figure them out.
AC: You were throwing a
Jackhammer Chatterbait. Why did you pick the
Jackhammer vs. another bladed jig?
BM: I imagine that another bladed jig would have
worked as well, but I have a lot of confidence
in that particular one so I stuck with it.
AC: Your soft plastic lure color of choice
happened to be a black light (Sweet Beaver).
What prompted you to go with that particular
BM: Again. It is one that I have a lot of
confidence in, especially under the conditions
AC: What is next for
Brennon McCord? Are you considering being a full
time professional fisherman?
BM: I would love to do that. It just depends on
how it all plays out in the next few months. If
I would happen to have a strong finish at the
FLW Cup, then I would definitely give it some
After my interview with
Brennon I couldnít help but think back to
another recent interview I had done with a
relatively young angler, Caleb Kuphall. Brennon
and Caleb have similar qualities that become
apparent after only a few minutes of
conversation. They both are very respectful
young men and are consummate professionals, but
even more apparent is the quiet confidence that
is evident in their tone. It isnít overbearing
or arrogant, but rather a steadfast resolve that
says: I respect my elders just the way I was
taught but make no mistake I will do everything
in my power to beat all comers on the water.
In closing, if I may put on
my Anglersí Choice hat for a moment. Brennon,
like Caleb Kuphall, also fishes Anglersí Choice
tournaments. He fishes the Rend Lake Division
and has recorded 19 top ten finishes out of 34
events including one win. If a person is
considering fishing competively at a higher
level. Anglersí Choice offers the best segway to
that path. In my opinion, Anglersí Choice
anglers are some of the most talented fishermen
on the planet, competing in the highest quality
team trail available.
Brennon is the epitome of
the old adage: Walk softly but carry a big
stick. Brennon McCord is proving that when it
comes to catching bass he definitely carries a
big stick, and I tip my hat to him.
Good Fishing and God Bless.