Daniel was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ and fishing has been his passion for as long as he can remember. Most of Daniel's earliest childhood memories in one way or another revolve around fishing. Daniel's parents would always plan their family vacations at locations where he could fish, the most common destination being Oak Creek Canyon which is just north of Sedona, AZ. Daniel learned to use patience, stealth, and sight while hiking along the creek as a means to catch the small trout. The time that Daniel spent studying those trout and their reactions to his movement and lures proved invaluable as time moved on. The skills Daniel learned back then at that creek are now primary weapons in his bass fishing arsenal today as Daniel is regarded as one of the best sight fisherman in bass fishing and is always a threat to win a tournament when bass are on beds.
Daniel was introduced to bass fishing at 10 years old when he spent spring break with his grandfather who owned a small vacation home at Lake Mead. Daniel went up to visit his grandfather every chance he got just to get out on the boat and chase that elusive green fish all the way up until his grandfather passed away in 2000. During his early teen years Daniel would have his Mom drop him off at Lake Pleasant for the day where he would walk the bank targeting spawning fish from shore. For his 11th birthday Daniel asked his father for a life membership to B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportsmen's Society) instead of requesting video game systems like all his friends. He has been a B.A.S.S Life Member ever since. Daniel joined Apache Bass Club as a non-boater when he was 13 years old and through the club met his mentor and great friend Richard Saxon. Richard was a very accomplished angler and taught Daniel the ins and outs of tournament bass fishing.
Daniel was progressing nicely but suffered a major setback in the summer of 2003 when he severely injured his back and underwent an emergency surgery. He wasn't able to fish for over a year and a half while he recovered. He has since undergone a few more minor procedures on his back and is now at full strength and fishing every chance he can get.
When Daniel isn't participating in fishing tournaments you will typically find him on the lake with his two dogs, Sasha and Roxie, both boxers.
Daniel is now sponsored by some of the best companies both inside and outside of the fishing industry and hopes to soon become a full-time touring professional.