Congrats on the win by the way on Table Rock. My bad I totally over looked you on my Fantasy Fishing team. lol.
I don't blame you based on my past performance at Table Rock! You're not the first to overlook me. If you had looked at it a little more, you would have realized it was really setting up for my style.
What's worse: serial hole jumpers or co-anglers?
I would almost have to say co-anglers. We have too much on the line to be sharing fish on the boat. You can control hole jumpers to a degree, but not so much what a co-angler can catch off your boat.
Mike, what are the biggest largemouth, smallmouth, and spot you've caught & location,. tournament or not?
Largemouth: Table Rock, 10-15, during practice; Smallmouth: Champlain, 5-15, tourn.; Spot: Alabama River, 5-14, tourn.
I believe it was an Abu Garcia 2500.
What's Kriet's most annoying habit on the road?
Hah! The list is so long! Probably his unwillingness to pick up after himself. It doesn't matter what it is - wherever it gets laid down for the last time is where it stays.
Who wins at Denton or is that classified?
I've been so busy that I haven't watched the final episode, so if it hasn't aired, it is classified!
When you go fun fishing, what's your favorite non-bass species to catch? And your largest?
Brown trout on the White River.
Where did the nickname "Pepaw" come from?
The first Jeff Kriet and I chose to be roommates, I asked my wife to pick up a dirty clothes bag for him. He told me the last time he got a dirty clothes bag was from him granddad - so now he calls me Pepaw. And, it's caught on to the rest of my family now, too!
How much of fishing is actually being in the right place at the right time? "Luck if you will".
That’s part of it, but you have to put yourself there. It's all based on decisions we make.
More important -- killer instinct or “know how” to bass fish in tournament?
The more I do it, the more I think it's knowing how to fish a tournament. How to control emotions & the situation.
What is your best advice for beginners?
Spend as much time on the water as you can. Read & study about the sport. There's so much info available! I've told my son that he won't fish professionally until he has a college degree because the sport is a business. I was at a crossroads in my career when the Elite Series started. had a friend that thought I would be successful and offered to help me pay my balances. A few weeks later I won the 2005 Open Championship on the Alabama River, and that solidified my decision.