Jason Borofka is refocused, ready

On the strength of a 20-pound, 7-ounce catch, pro Jason Borofka of Salinas, Calif., leapfrogged from 15th place overall to second after netting a two-day total weight of 37 pounds, 6 ounces. (Photo by Gary Mortenson)

On the strength of a 20-pound, 7-ounce catch, pro Jason Borofka of Salinas, Calif., leapfrogged from 15th place overall to second after netting a two-day total weight of 37 pounds, 6 ounces. (Photo by Gary Mortenson)

California’s Jason Borofka has twice competed in both the Forrest Wood Cup and the Rayovac FLW Series Championship. Although he took a short break from fishing FLW events from 2010 to 2012, he has come back strong in Rayovac FLW Series Western Division competition the last two seasons. In the final event of the 2013 season at Clear Lake, he finished second, then followed that up with another runner-up finish at the division’s 2014 season-opener on Lake Havasu. He has won smaller local and regional tournaments, but is still looking for that first win with FLW – if he continues his successful ways, that day will come soon.

Jason Borofka is a jumbo swimbait fan, but he’ll need all his tricks to make it on Tour.

“If you look back at my finishes, there is a gap of a few years where I took some time off to refocus and prepare for my run at the FLW Tour,” Borofka says. “I really don’t think I was ready, both mentally and financially, but now it’s my biggest goal for next year.”

Borofka has learned to be versatile by fishing the diverse selection of waters visited by the Western Division. Like many Western anglers, he loves to throw big swimbaits, but his willingness to use whatever technique is necessary will earn paychecks at the next level of bass fishing.

And according to Borofka, he has already learned a lot of the difficult lessons that accompany professional fishing.

“I realized that I am going to have to work hard to get to the Tour, and nothing is going to be handed to me,” he says. “I’m now in the right position financially and have the support of my wife, Tara, my job, and my sponsors. So there is nothing that is going to get in the way of fishing the FLW Tour.”

Borofka works as a bellman at a luxury resort near his home in Salinas, and it allows him to have the flexibility to travel to all of the Rayovac events, have as much time for practice as he needs and still have a job to return to when he comes home.

“If you are fishing and worrying about money or something else, you can’t fish how you want to, and it can really affect how you do,” Borofka says

Originally published over on FLW Outdoors by Tyler Brinks

Jason Borofka (right) jumped in the lead on day two thanks to a 32-pound, 1-ounce bag that included a 10-9 kicker. His two-day total stands at 55-5. (Photo by Kyle Wood)

Jason Borofka (right) jumped in the lead on day two thanks to a 32-pound, 1-ounce bag that included a 10-9 kicker. His two-day total stands at 55-5. (Photo by Kyle Wood)