Home Town: Livermore, CA
Home Lake: CA Delta
Favorite Lake: Clear Lake
Least Favorite Lake: Roosevelt
Largest Bass: 13 lbs. 4 ozs.
Largest 5 Fish Limit: 36 lbs. 3 ozs.
Favorite Techniques: Topwater
Primary Fishing Strength: Flippin’/Pitchin’
Secondary Fishing Strength: Topwater
Biggest Weakness: Deep Crankin’
Boat: Bass Cat Puma FTD
Motor: Mercury Pro XS 250
Rods/Reels: Dobyns Rods/Shimano reels
Angling Hero: Shaw Grigsby, he is the same in person as you see on TV and it does not matter if a fish is 12 inches or 12 lbs., the thrill for him is the same.
Non Angling Hero: My Grandfather and my Father, they always tried to do the right thing
Favorite Food: Wild Game
Favorite Movie: Rudy
Why He Fishes: When I am on the water everything else disappears for a while. I fish tournaments because I love the competition.
When I’m Not Fishing: Spending time with my family or Hunting
- 16 tournament wins
- 3 time Pro Am winner
- 3 Angler of the Year titles
- 6 time Western Bass Classic Qualifier
- 7 time BFL Regional Championship qualifier
- 3 time Western Bass Classic Qualifier
- 2 time Everstart Series Championship qualifier
In his best-selling book, billionaire Donald Trump called it the “Art of the Deal”, attributing his successful negotiating prowess to tenacity and proper preparation when facing complex challenges. In many ways this “Art” describes a life-long philosophy that has been the key to Tony Franceschi and his success as a western tournament angler.
A native of California, the San Francisco Bay Area in particular, Tony’s first exposure to this philosophy came via his Grandfather, with whom he spent many of his childhood days fishing the various lakes and estuaries offered in the Bay Area. While attending the weigh-in at a local bass club event, Tony listened carefully to the top team’s explanation of how and why they were successful. Amazed by the attention to detail and procedure they used to garner success, Tony quickly began to understand the connection between preparation, patience and success, and soon began his own personal quest towards becoming a top tournament angler.
Fishing various amateur events with a good measure of success, the turning point for Tony came when he entered his first Pro-Am event and found by doing so, he could increase his knowledge ten-fold. “I never knew how much I didn’t know until I entered one of these events” Tony recalls. “I was so impressed with the depth of accumulated knowledge each pro had regarding the mechanics of fishing that I knew this was the sport for me” he added. Soon following, in 1989, Tony began competing as a pro angler in major competitions.
Today, an established and accomplished pro, Tony’s skills have garnered him impressive victories on the western tournament trails, and have made him a much sought after speaker in trade shows and instructional seminars.