This month we will highlight the PAYCHECK team of Herb Weichmann and Dave McCulloch. This team burst onto the PAYCHECK Tournament Series scene a couple of years ago, making their debut in the Fall/Winter Open’s.
They had about a gazillion top 2 finishes showcasing their talents to catch both smallmouth and largemouth bass. Since then they have become regulars in the PAYCHECK family competing in Conowingo, Paycheck Friday, Premier Marine, Pro Tour, and Lunkers for Loot tournaments. Depending on the body of water or the current pattern Herb and Dave can be found fishing from either a new Nitro Z-9 with a Mercury 250 Pro XS or a Tracker aluminum jet boat.
Herb Weichmann is the owner of Precision Tackle (www.pttackle.com), a new PAYCHECK Tournament Series sponsor. Both his residence and his business are in the Romansville/Coatesville, Pennsylvania region.
His family includes his wife, Lisa and his two sons, Tanner, 6 and Charles, 4.
Herb not only has the boys involved in fishing at their early age but also ice hockey. Under Herb’s direction, don’t be surprised to see one of them either on the BASS or FLW pro tour or facing off for the Flyers one day.
As the owner of Precision Tackle Herb is privy to every lure on the market. His favorite, however is an OSP Dai Buzzn’ Heavy Hitter. Given his success with this bait it might be wise to go to www.pttackle.com and order a bunch for the upcoming season.
Herb has all of the bases covered when asked about his favorite technique. He likes jerkbait fishing as it is productive at all times of the year and he can fish it at different depths. When the fish move tight to cover or bury in the matted grass he enjoys flippin’ and pitchin’ to hoss them out of the thick stuff.
For all of his preferred methods to catch bass he utilizes Abu Garcia reels paired with Powell rods. Looking at his tournament track record I’d say he has the right combo. Just ask his biggest bass ever, a 7 pound, 8 ounce largemouth!
Although Herb fishes all over his lake of choice is Alloway Lake in New Jersey. That must be one special lake for him to rank it above the Upper Chesapeake Bay.
Herb’s favorite pro to watch is Aaron Martens, most likely because they share similar versatility when it comes to catching bass.
As an active business proprietor, tournament fisherman, and family man Herb has little time for hobbies, but enjoys lure making and hockey, both on the pro level and his kids’ league.
Herb also oversees an active Precision Tackle Pro Staff which includes some of the top bass anglers in the area such as Mike Sentore, Keith Cowan, Mike Sabbi, John Valdez, Joe Booker, and Dave McCulloch. Herb is obviously quite the mentor as any of these guys could be competing on the pro level.
Dave’s trade of choice is as a skilled heavy equipment operator. He is behind the controls of some of the big boy excavation equipment you see on the Discovery Channel. In fact, he was telling me one day last summer that he was on a giant earth mover digging underneath a skyscraper that was being renovated. Now that’s talent (not to mention courage)!
Dave is a single guy which gives him the opportunity to pursue his hobby and passion…bass fishing! Dave is usually one of the first to arrive at the ramp no matter where the tournament is being held. If you woke up early on the wrong side of the bed or cranky, just visit with Dave a few minutes and he will have you loosened up and laughing.
Dave’s favorite venue to fish is the Upper Chesapeake Bay because it offers so many options. There’s not many areas in the country where you can run up a river and fish for smallmouth deep, flip docks and wood, punch matted grass, or fish drop-offs and ledges all within a few minutes of each other.
Dave is a crankin’ artist and can match skills with some of the best out there like Paul Elias, David Fritts, and his favorite pro, the man himself Kevin van Dam. It wouldn’t surprise me that KVD could learn a few things from Dave!
Dave also claims Powell rods as his favorites, but cinches Daiwa reels on them. At the other end of the line one can usually find a Keitech Crankenstein crankbait attached. Two or three of these Daiwa/Powell weapons usually adorn the deck of the Nitro with Crankenstein’s in different patterns or running depths.
Dave’s largest bass to date is a 9-pound largemouth but don’t be surprised if his personal best reaches a new height soon.
Dave only has one current sponsor, Precision Tackle. No doubt he could add more to his portfolio but he’d rather spend his time fishing instead of letter-writing. Everything he needs to catch bass is found at Precision and that suits him fine!