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CPT Jon “Big Less” Lessman

Jon, or known to most as Big Less, started fishing with his father and grandfather fishing farm ponds. Jon switched from bass and catfishing to trout when he went off to college in the mountains of Virginia, and from there he enlisted in the army and fished what was available from catfish to salmon. Big Less served in the Infantry and was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan several times. Being wounded in combat brought new challenges to overcome in his everyday life. Before he retired from the army, Big Less became an accomplished tournament Catfish Angler traveling the Southeast fishing in the Bass Pro Big Cat Quest and Cabela’s KingKat series. Due to his injuries, Big Less was forced to scale down his fishing, and was in turn introduced to kayak bass fishing by a fellow injured vet. Big Less is now able to pursue his obsession for fishing and incorporate therapy into his daily routine. Big Less now travels the country fishing the B.A.S.S, Hobie, KBF, and KFL series. Big Less uses HT rods to chase big cats on the TN River, monster bass on Lake Guntersville to Headwaters, and big LA Reds in Delacroix.