The PAYCHECK Tournament Series is proud to feature John Shumate and James Bricker in the very first Team Profile, a regular series on the wwwgetpaidfishing.com website.
John and James are no strangers to tournament fishing and can be found on the water somewhere on most weekends. In addition to PAYCHECK tournaments which include the Premier Marine circuit they have competed in many other BASS and FLW events. They have a reputation as two of the kindest gentlemen in the field but when the money’s on the line it’s “game on” and they usually wind up in the money.
John makes his home in Finksburg, MD while James resides in Cockeysville, MD so it’s no easy ride to the water for either of them. They have total support from their families. For John, that support comes from Seth, his 6 year old son and dogs Buster and Wify while James is backed by his girlfriend, Ashley and beautiful daughters Alyssa and Summer. While John could be competing on tour with the top pros in the country he makes his living as owner/operator of his own successful business. James is fortunate to work for John as an audio/video and structure low voltage technician. Much of their working day is probably spent talking fishing strategies!
James claims Lake Champlain on the New York/Vermont border as his favorite fishing destination while John is content fishing the Chesapeake Bay and with good reason…a multitude of tournament victories! He mentions that his favorite method of fishing is cranking deep structure, a rarity on the Chesapeake. This leads one to believe that John has discovered some deep water habitat somewhere on the bay! James, like many of us would rather be casting topwater lures in search of that heart-stopping explosive strike! His favorite professional angler is California’s Brent Ehrler, one of the top pros on the FLW Tour. He’s had the pleasure to fish with Brent and remains in contact with him. No doubt, Brent has picked up a few tips from James, too!
John has a unique outlook when asked to name his favorite pro. He appreciates those who are honest and help promote the sport to the fullest. Those qualities mirror John himself. James usually has to wait five or six months to cast his favorite lure. He loves to throw a frog over matted grass and just hold on when a 5 pounder blows up on it. John states that his favorite lure is the one the fish happen to biting that particular moment. It’s his versatility that has added to the success of this formidable team.
John’s weapons of choice are Shimano reels cinched down on St. Croix rods. He’s been using these for years with great success so why change? On the other hand, James likes his Shimano Chronarch’s but prefers them fastened to Wright and McGill Skeet Reese rods.
When asked to recall their largest bass they declared that it is the one they’ll catch in the next tournament! To date, however James boasts a personal best of a 7.3 pound largemouth while John has landed a 9.1 giant! That’s why they’re always in contention.
This team is 100% dedicated to tournament fishing. When asked about their hobbies John said “locating fish” and James mentioned “catching fish”. Apparently that is why they make such a successful duo.
John and James boast several sponsors who also support their tournament efforts. These include Premier Marine, HS Technology Group, Susquehanna Fishing Tackle, PowerTeam Lures, Strike King, X-citer Baits, Rhino Linings of Delaware, Don’s River Bass Adventures, Typhoon Sunglasses, APSI Security Systems, Team Momma Son, Bass Adventures Outdoors, Power Pole Anchoring Systems, and The Winning Team.
The reason they have so much sponsor support is because there is no better team to professionally promote their products than John and James. Join the PAYCHECK staff in congratulating John Shumate and James Bricker and wishing them continued success!
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