From a recent press release:
Apr 22, 2013
BULL SHOALS, Ark. — Two days ago on the Ramada Quest stage, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jason Christie bemoaned the crystal water and dead-calm conditions of Bull Shoals Lake.
“Clear water and no wind scares the heck out of me,” said the Elite Series rookie from Park Hill, Okla., on that second day of competition. He dropped from fourth place into 14th. It was a serious fall in what had become the “ounces-count” Quest.
If Christie was scared, he was scared straight. On the third day, he managed to climb up into 11th place and qualify for Monday’s fourth and final round. He was 5 pounds, 6 ounces behind the leader.
Monday at the weigh-in, he showed what having the fire under you can do. He turned in a huge bag, the tournament’s largest: 18 pounds, 0 ounces. Christie landed squarely in the winner’s seat, with his first Elite Series trophy. It came with $100,000 and his second consecutive Bassmaster Classic qualification.
“Awesome,” said Christie about his secure return to the Classic. “I was hooked on it last time, and I’m ready to go again.”
Christie’s winning weight was 56 pounds, 8 ounces. His Day Four bag of five largemouth of 18-0 included two 4-pounders and a 5-0, the largest bass of the day.
His margin of victory was 1 pound, 2 ounces over Fred Roumbanis of Bixby, Okla. That was a notable achievement given that the Day Three leader, Casey Scanlon, led by 12 ounces, and the Day One and 2 leader, Greg Vinson, led by 1 pound and by 3 ounces, respectively.
Christie’s leapfrog from 11th into first place was the biggest Day Four comeback in Elite Series history. (Arkansas pro Kevin Short rose from sixth place to win the 2009 Mississippi River Elite event.)
I'd like to thank Jason for taking time out to talk to me, in the middle of his current 3-week run of tournaments.
FCHH.com: Has this always been your dream?
Jason: It's always been in the back of my head, but not something I thought would happen. There's millions of people who want to do this, and only a couple hundred or so that actually do. The statistics didn't make it likely.
FCHH.com: Every dream job has a downside - what are the challenges with this job?
Jason: The travel. Being gone from home and not being able to be with my wife and kids. I'm on a 3-week swing right now and won't get home for awhile. I haven't been west yet, but draw a straight line from Texas to Wisconsin; all that area east is where I'm travelling.
FCHH.com: Now that you are reaching the pinnacle of your industry - any surprises?
Jason: Not really. I've been a pro for 6 years and fished 20 years off and on before that. I've seen pretty much everything and knew what to expect. This is an expensive sport, there is a lot of expense involved.
FCHH.com: How do Pro Bass Fishermen stay competitive? Gear? Technique? Other?
Jason: I think it's a lot like other sports. We all the have the best equipment. We all catch fish. We all seem to have peaks and valleys. We all hit a "groove". I think it's about riding those peaks as long as possible
FCHH.com: I see you like to hunt too; what's your favorite hunt? Do you have a dream hunt?
Jason: Whitetail. I love to hunt archery whitetail. Currently I hunt in Oklahoma and Kansas. For a dream hunt, I think I'd like to go hunt whitetail in Saskatchewan, but I haven't gotten there yet. An unusual schedule made it so I can go to Colorado to hunt elk this fall. That's a first for me so I can cross that one off of my bucket list.
FCHH.com: Where does your career go from here?
Jason: I'd like to stay in this sport another 10 years. Maybe 15. Then I'd like to sit back and watch my grandkids grow up. Can't see myself still doing this when I'm 60. You never know what's going to happen though. We'll see.
You can learn more about Jason at his website: http://www.christiefishing.com/
You can follow him on Facebook here: Jason Christie - Facebook
You can learn more about him here: Jason Christie - Bio
A big "Thank You!" again to Jason for taking some time out to talk with FishCampHuntHike.com!