Gary Clouse ~ 2012 PAA Tournament Series AOY
Tennessee’s Gary Clouse is a successful businessman and owner of Phoenix Boats. This year he showed the ranks of professional anglers that he can also compete against the top anglers on the PAA Tour. His Angler of the Year title was a major accomplishment and he feels it is almost entirely due to the time he spent on the water. Now that his company has grown to a point where he can travel more and run smoothly while he is not there, he spent every spare minute on the water. “I was always on the lake from daylight until dark during practice this season. Some only fish until 3:00 or so, but I want to be out there as much as possible because you never know when you are going to find a spot that will get you that one more keeper you need during the event,” adds Clouse.
He also says that if you are not solely focused on fishing or your mind is on other things, you will get beat. His approach this year was to spend more time on the water and also focus on the mental and physical side of fishing. “I started working out a lot more this year because it gets hard to fish for a week straight, by the end of it you are starting to drag. It makes all the difference and your physical side is tied very closely to the mental side of bass fishing,” explained Clouse.