For as long as I can remember I had a dream of fishing competitively, this all started as a young boy when my father and I would watch the tournament boats return to the docs to weigh-in their catch for that day in Wilmington, NC. Center console boats with multiple outboard motors and gold Penn reels attached to 8 to 12 rods was engrained into my mind for many years, today it is a reality.
A wise man told me many years ago that in order to be successful you have to surround yourself with great people, identify your weaknesses and hire team members that are extremely talented in those areas – motivate them and then get out of the way.
A leaders role after the birth of a team is to cast vision, remove obstacles, motivate, and simplify.
My vision for this team is to not only be competitive, but to place in the top 10% of every tournament. We will also capitalize on every opportunity to spend quality time and create positive lifetime memories with our children, family and friends. Passing on this great sport our fathers passed to us.
As the boat owner, I have removed as many obstacles that are humanly possible: purchased a 30-foot ST Contender, dual Yamaha 300 out board motors, 15 Gold Penn reels and Penn competition rods. The boat is outfitted with redundant Garmin GPS systems, VHF Radios and every other piece of equipment necessary to be competitive.
The motivation to win and compete is in every team member that has been assembled. The Captain, Danny Juel’s, picked his first mate, created his own pay plan to include the mate and crew. The greatest motivating factor we all share is to weigh-in the biggest fish in as many tournaments as possible.
The way we stay focused is to ask ourselves these 3 questions:
- What are we doing?
- Why are we doing it?
- What is your unique contribution to the team?
Everything else does not matter!
This is the birth of a boat named “Major Distraction” and a team named “Team Jud Kuhn Chevrolet”