Scott Hellesen

Paso Robles, CA

In his own words

My biggest pride in my life is that I am a father. I am a family guy and spend a lot of time that I could be fishing with my wife and my kid. I am more of a “slow fisherman” than a “cover a lot of water fisherman”. Through my time fishing, Aaron Martens was always the guy I looked up to, because he went at his own pace, and he wasn’t cocky. He just went out there and caught ‘em consistently. He didn’t win every tournament; but he was always in the mix. That consistency and always being a threat – instead of a one hit wonder – is what I shoot for. That is what speaks to me as a fisherman. I am looking forward to fishing APEX without a co-angler. It will be interesting to have it play out more like a fun fishing day, choosing angles and casts without having to leave meat on the bone for the backseater. I like that I can just show up and fish.


Lake Mead U.S. Open Top-5 Finish 3 of the last 4 years,

Behind the Angler

Scott started fishing for trout in the Sierras as a youngster with his grandfather. As a teen, he continued fishing and went most days after school, targeting bass. He competed in College Fishing at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Upon graduation, he continued competitive fishing in FLW and other circuits.

In the Boat

Scott’s go-to is a drop shot. Roboworms are a staple when he is rigging his drop shot. He will also lean towards a jig and a Yamamoto Senko.


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