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Mike, known as "MJ" to family and friends, was born in 1976 in the bayous of Cajun Country, Houma, La. Raised in south Louisiana, he started fishing at a very young age with his dad, grandfather and uncles for everything from Bass and Crappie to Redfish and Speckled Trout. They got him involved in small local events early on but he didn't really get into the competitive side until he was 16. One of his uncles was competing in the old Bassmaster Top 150 events back then, which fueled his desire for competitive fishing. He followed in his father's footsteps becoming a career Firefighter/EMT with the Houma Fire Department and a Safety Instructor for On-Site Training, an oil-field safety school. He is also currently pursuing a degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. His plan is to retire from the fire service and go into safety full time. When not working, MJ loves to spend his free time with his family. He also enjoys traveling, camping, fishing, and is a Disney World fanatic.

MJ is a member of American Bass Anglers, FLW, Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) and a lifetime B.A.S.S. member. In March 2016 he was named the Staff Director for Fatsack Outdoors Inc. Then in July that same year, he was named the Marketing Manager and Staff Director for GATOR STIX.

Having fished local tournaments since he was 16 years old, his highest finish in a bass tournament was 10th place in a local charity tournament and his highest finish in a saltwater tournament was 2nd place at a local event. He competed as co-angler on the Bassmaster Central Open in Louisiana in 2009. Then in 2010, He started a club with one of his cousins to host a saltwater tournament series along the Louisiana coast for Speckled Trout. Unfortunately, after just 2 events, the series was cancelled due to the BP oil spill which closed fishing in south Louisiana. MJ started competing again as a co-angler on the 2013 Bassmaster Southern Opens series. After the Bassmaster Southern Open in Jan 2014 at Lake Toho, FL he took a break for family reasons. In May 2015, MJ competed as a co-angler on the BFL Bama division event on Lake Logan Martin in Pell City, Alabama, and continued to compete as a co-angler in the BFL Bama division in 2016. He finished 102 out of 184 in the BFL Bama division points standings for the 2016 season, after dropping out in mid-May when his dad passed away that year. MJ only fished local events in 2017, as he was helping GATOR STIX custom rods with their marketing.

After taking 2017 off, MJ teamed up with long-time family friend Chris Jackson to fish the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series. The ABT is a team trail consisting of 225 teams per events, 5 events per division, and a championship that can lead to the Bassmaster Team Trail Championship and a spot in the Bassmaster Classic. Chris and MJ fished the South division of the ABT in 2018, but finished 201 after a rough first year. MJ will once again be teaming with Chris in 2019 to compete on the South Division of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series.

MJ has worked numerous booths promoting from local boat & sportsmen shows in 2009 & 2010 to the Bassmaster Classic. At the Bassmaster Classic, he's promoted for former sponsor Pink Fishing in 2012 (Shreveport, La) & 2013 (Tulsa, Ok), The Rod Glove at Academy Sports booth in 2014 (Birmingham, AL), Man vs Bass in 2015 (Greenville, SC), Fatsack Outdoors in 2016 (Tulsa, Ok) & 2017 (Houstons, Tx). He has also worked ICAST in Orlando, FL for Fatsack Outdoors (2016), Cinnetic reels (2017) and GATOR STIX (2017). He enjoys working shows to promote the products he believes in. In addition to promoting at various expos, MJ promotes his sponsors here on his website as well as on his social media sites Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

MJ has written a couple of blogs back in 2013 for former sponsor Pink Fishing, a clothing company supporting breast cancer awareness. The Rod Glove wrote and posted a profile blog about MJ in May 2016 on their website. In 2019, MJ plans to start writing blogs again, as well as doing video recaps of his tournaments. He will post those blogs and videos here on his website and his Facebook fan page.