Fishing Fridays Radio Interviews Jeff Gustafson – 2018 FLW Series Rookie of the Year

– Jeff Gustafson grew up on the shores of Lake of the Woods, in Kenora, Ontario.

– Fished first tournament when I was 10 years old, the Kenora Bass International, which started in 1988 and is still one of the premier events in Canada.

– Have fished the FLW Tour for six years before moving over to the BASS Elite Series this year. Two time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier.

Today we’ve got Jeff Gustafson on the podcast, a Bassmaster Elite Series angler from Kenora, Ontario, Canada. He has fished the FLW Tour for six years, moved up to the Elite Series this year, and is a two-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier.

Jeff tells us about how entering tournaments independently qualified him for the FLW Tour, which he began in 2013. With a new structuring of Bassmaster tournaments recently, they needed some new people to fill some slots. Jeff and around ten other anglers from FLW were fortunate enough to be invited, with Jeff expressing that he jumped at the opportunity. He explains that his results haven’t been what he wants, but it’s been an awesome experience so far.

When asked about the biggest problem he has encountered at this level, Jeff reflects on a recent tournament that saw him on top of the leaderboard after the first day. He fell far down the standings the next day, and remarks that though he has been fishing for a long time, the pressure might have gotten to him that day. Jeff shares some other things that he has learned the hard way over the years and a story about getting a deal on accommodation.

Jeff discusses his process for scouting out lakes before a tournament, including his use of technology to mark waypoints on a map. The hardest aspect of Jeff’s preparation is making sure to let go of past success and accepting that the hotspots of last year may no longer be worth fishing this year. We then learn about the different baits that Jeff has found continued success with.

The biggest secret Jeff has that contributes to his fishing success is revealed, and it relates back to his preference to use technology while fishing. We finish by being informed of Jeff’s favorite bait, which he guarantees will catch fish anywhere in America.

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Fishing Fridays Radio Interviews Cliff Prince – 8 Year Veteran of BASSMASTER Elite Series

Fishing Fridays Radio Podcast.

Where we go behind the scenes and uncover the tactics and strategies top fisherman are using to catch more fish, dominate tournaments and how you can get those same results.

Hello everybody. Welcome to Dig IN Fishing Fridays. I’m your host Mike Grady. I’m excited today. Today We have Cliff Prince here.

Cliff is a Bassmaster Elite Series Angler from Palatka, FL.

– Cliff has fished the BASSMASTER Elite Series for 8 years

– Cliff has fished the BASSMASTER Classic twice.

– Cliff enjoys deer hunting and offshore fishing when he is not working or competing.

Cliff Prince, a Bassmaster Elite Series angler from Palatka, Florida, joins us in this episode.

He has fished in the Elite Series for eight years, in the Bassmaster Classic twice, and enjoys deer hunting when he’s not fishing.

Cliff says that his number-one challenge regarding tournaments is the lack of confidence that can arise from an unsuccessful practice session.

He talks about the short amount of time that he is allowed to prepare on a new body of water prior to the tournament, but also speaks to how the worst practices can sometimes lead to the best performances.

We then hear more about how Cliff prepares a game plan and his belief that mother nature is the biggest factor in what anglers do.

Mike asks Cliff if he likes to keep notes, with Cliff answering that he used to but now prefers mental ones. He then talks about lakes being different every time he returns to one, even if it’s during the same week.

Cliff says that for this reason, he tries not to get caught up in the past.

Recently, Cliff learned a big lesson in Atlanta about the differences between warm-water and cold-water fishing which he reveals to us.

He then shares his thoughts on what the hardest part about fishing in the Elite Series is and explains sponsorship commitments.

Something that has helped Cliff find success in the Elite Series is patience, so he explains why it’s so important to be mentally prepared for tournaments.

After, we learn what Cliff’s top fishing secret and favorite bait are.

Cliff’s partners are…

Bassmaster Elite


Futch’s Depot

Futch’s Marine Depot

Gravely Mowers

Fitzgerald Fishing

Phoenix Boats


Bass Assassin


Greenfish Tackle


Bob’s Machine Shop



Bass Mafia

Bass Pro Shop


Cliff Quote

“Bass fishing is in my blood. Seems I’ve been fishing since my feet first hit the floor, starting out with a gall berry bush limb, nylon string and a 5/0 shark hook, fishing in the drainage ditches of my parent’s property. My mother said I was always determined to land “the big one”, fishing each and every day, sun-up to sundown. Then, going to bed, and dreaming about fishing just about every night.