In this Angler Profile, we talk to New Jersey bass angler, Griffen Hurt. Griffen knows how to catch big bass. He talks to us about his fishing in this interview.
How long have you been fishing?
I’m 21, however I’ve been fishing since I was 4. My earliest memories are from wading the Raritan River for smallmouth bass and sunfish.
When did you start tournament and competitive fishing?
I started tournament fishing later than most at the age of 17. I first began fishing a youth tournament trail. Within two years, I started competing in bigger BFL and Costa series events as a co-angler.
What I love about the whole tournament scene is everything that goes into a day of fishing, on and off the water. There are more scenarios and situations that can happen than one can even wrap their mind around. Knowing you are making the right decisions feels amazing when everything works out.
What do you consider your top 3 highlights of your tournament fishing so far?
The top 3 highlights of my fishing career thus far would be:
- Winning the NJ Junior State Championship in my first season
- Placing 2nd/129 boats in my first ever BFL as a co-angler
- Having 5 top tens in one season as a co-angler.
These highlights have proven to me that at a young age, I have what it takes to compete in these larger events.
What do you consider your favorite tournament body of water to fish?
My favorite tournament body of water is the 1000 Islands. The 1000 Islands fits my style of fishing as I’m very big into finesse fishing, fishing clear water, and fishing for smallmouth. Likewise, the 1000 Islands is a place where I’ve cashed the most checks out of any other body of water, so there is a lot of sentimental value to me there.
What do you consider your top strengths as a tournament angler?
I would consider myself fairly well versed in whatever techniques I need to use to compete out of the back of the boat. However, I would definitely say my utmost confidence is in finesse fishing. I feel the most confident in finesse techniques because I like to fish meticulously and typically finesse techniques yield more bites than conventional techniques.
What areas are you still trying to develop?
Some areas where I could use more work would be throwing bigger baits such as big worms, spoons, and big swimbaits. The way I plan to get better in these areas is to travel to more southern fisheries in the near future where those techniques come into play more frequently.
When you just want to fish for fun, what are your favorite New Jersey waters to fish?
Truthfully, I rarely fish in New Jersey as I’m constantly travelling to tournaments in the Northeast region. But Round Valley Reservoir is a cool place to fish as the water clarity and depth fits my fishing style.
What are your favorite ways to fish when fishing for fun?
When fishing for fun I usually fish my strengths because my main goal is to just catch fish and have a good time.
Who are your pro staff and sponsor companies?
Daiwa USA, Gamma Lines, Eurotackle, Reelsnot, Area 51 Baits, Softscience, Amphibia Eyeware, and Gill North America.
Thank you Griffen. Will be following on Instagram @Fishing_Is_It.