John Volkernick

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John Volkernick

Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Member (Years): 24

Maine B.A.S.S. Nation Club: Androscoggin Bassmasters

Years of Tournament Experience: 24

Member of these Maine State Teams (Years): 2012

Favorite Body of Water: Cobbossee Lake

Largest Largemouth: 7-15

Largest Smallmouth: 5-1

Favorite Lure/Technique: Grizz Baits Jig, Drop Shotting, Spinnerbaits, Swimbaits, & Topwaters

Boat/Motor: Nitro 901 l Mercury

Sponsors: Family, Grizz Baits

Your personal and fishing accomplishments: B.A.S.S. Northern Open Chesapeak Bay 29th place, B.A.S.S. Marshal, several top 15's in local competition, founded L/A Junior Bassmasters.

Best Fishing Story: There are actually two one has to do with the drive to succeed for both my son Brian and I to make to the Maine Team this year but I'll go with this one. My son Brian competed in the Maine Junior Championship in 2008 and won in the last few moments of the tournament which meant he was going to the Eastern Divisional on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire to represent Maine in the 11-14 division. Well, knowing that drop shotting would most likely be the key to winning at Winni, Brian practiced drop shotting the rest of the season on home waters and quickly learned the advantage of drop shotting and the big fish that it can produce. The Bassmaster Eastern Divisional tournament got under way after a three hour delay due to fog, I knew this was OK, although temps were chilly for the anglers the wind was calm which meant easy boat control & drop shotting control. Brian ended the day by catching two good size smallmouth on drop shots. Of course like any curious tournament angler or parent I nosed around to see what the other competitors had as they were bagging fish. Well most kept it well hidden and were quiet about their catches and I really didn't know how it was all going to turn out. As they lined up I saw that Brian was near the end of the pack, we all know what that could mean, either your a hero or a zero but I knew he had 2 nice smallmouth so at least he had a chance. The angler who had full control over the "hot seat" had 5 lbs even with Brian and one other angler yet to weigh, I knew it would be close. After much discussion with B.A.S.S. emcee and Youth Director Stacy Twiggs, Brian weighed in 5.5 lbs of smallmouth with his big fish of the day weighing 3.0 even, thus moving him into the "hot seat". The grin that I could see on his face while sitting there proved to be the grin that gave him the 2008 Bassmaster Eastern Divisional Championship Trophy! That day and those last few hot seat minutes was one of the most special moments that his mother and I have witnessed in his sporting events, we have never felt so proud of his accomplishment and his dedication to wanting to win and to never giving up. Unfortunately Brian didn't win the 2008 Bassmaster Junior World Championship in Kansas, since there were no legal fish weighed in the 11-14 division, but the experience will last a lifetime for all of us. Brian still has the taste of victory and knowing his drive he will give it his best when he competes at the 2012 Eastern Divisional for a second time....this time though we'll both be fishing it which is another great memory of our past. I just want to say, Brian thanks for pushing me this year your the best son a dad could have!

Last Updated December 1, 2017