Here at Project X, we aren't only about the grind of the construction industry: we love to find ways to develop our talents outside of office-life. Scheduling Project Manager, Todd Chaney, is a Professional Fisherman. His first memory, at a young age, is of his father taking him fishing.
"Every day is different and at the end of that day I am able to enjoy the view," Todd shared.
Todd began fishing in local tournaments, quickly moving to the state level and qualifying to represent Kentucky on their state team at the B.A.S.S. Regional championship.
When asked, Todd reported that the largest fish he ever caught was a 10.07lb Lake Maddie in Florida.
"It was an awesome experience and it surprised me how strong that fish was," Todd said.
In 2020, Todd began competing at the MLF Toyota series. The competition season starts in February and usually ends in October/November, taking him across the country from Alabama to Tennessee and South Carolina (to name a few).
How are they judged you might ask? The five largest Bass each day are weighed per angler (fisherman). At the end of the three-day-event, the angler with the most weight wins the tournament.
The most recent tournament Todd competed in was at Lake Champlain in New York, mid-July 2021.
"It was a very challenging tournament as the fish were changing each day and storms and wind made the lake very tough to fish and move around. Because of the waves, on the first day, I was having a tough time getting the fish in the boat. I kept breaking them off," Todd shared.
On the second day, however, he charged up the leader board, barely missing the cut for the final day of fishing. Needless to say, we are proud of his hard work and talent! We are so excited to be a part of Todd's journey and watch his development in not only this company, but his passions.
"My sponsors help me monetarily with the entry fees, travel, gas and lodging fees. Without them I couldn't do it," said Todd.
Todd's next tournament is August 21 in Detroit, Michigan on Lake St. Clair. Todd is hoping to end in the top 40, sending him to the National Championship with a chance to compete for $1 Million!
Todd will take to the lake three or four days ahead of his tournament time, scouting water clarity and the structure of the lake. He will have to take everything in account from weather forecasts and fish seasonal movements to lake levels. He must constantly study how the fish are moving and reacting to their environment.
"I am on the water at dark and off the water at dark," Todd shared.
We wish you the best of luck Todd! Follow his tournament journey here!
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