David M. Lefebre was born to Frank and Beverly Lefebre on September 29, 1970. He was raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, a city well known for its outstanding Smallmouth Bass and Steelhead fisheries and within a quick trip to many local inland lakes and streams. As a boy, Dave’s time was focused almost exclusively on fishing and the outdoors. He’d spend countless hours and many weekends exploring the local area wetlands.
His early days in the boat were spent honing his skills in the Bassmasters of Crawford County, a small, but extremely competitive bass club located 40 miles from home. When he started fishing club tournaments in 1991, his talents helped him earn the Club Angler of the Year and a spot on the Pennsylvania State Team as a rookie. Dave would go on to win that event and qualify as the youngest member of the Pennsylvania Eastern Divisional Team that same season. He secured a second place finish in that event on the Potomac River in Washington, DC and would follow that up with several more regional tournament wins, Club AOY’s and PA State Team appearances throughout the next few years.
Dave had accomplished everything he could at the local level and the burning desire to fish the “Big Leagues” was mounting. Unfortunately, the expense of competing at such a level was an obstacle that would take him some time to overcome.
In 2001, Dave finally got the small break he needed to take a crack at the semi-professional tournament scene, one that would eventually lead him into his vision of being a full time professional angler. Three local fishing friends, became Dave’s first sponsors by paying his way into the Bassmaster Southern Open on Pickwick Lake, AL on March 15-17th. In that event Dave would finish in a respectable 18th place out of 319 anglers, but what happened on day one of that event would soon prove to be much more important.
After Lefebre returned home from that first tournament, Dave Stull introduced him to Nick Scigliano, owner of Frontier Construction, a prominent golf course refurbishing company located just east of Pittsburgh, PA. After a meeting, Nick agreed to sponsor Dave for the upcoming 2002 Bassmaster Open and FLW Stren Series tours. In their meeting, Scigliano said that when his wife saw Dave Lefebre’s name listed above Roland Martin’s on Day 1 of that first Bassmaster Open tournament, she said, “You need to sponsor that boy!” Although famous fishing legend, Roland Martin would go on to finish 12th in that event (6 places better than Lefebre) Dave’s hard work, a little help from some friends, and some helpful advice from a persistent wife paid off.
In 2002, Lefebre blazed his own trail into the professional arena. As a first-time qualifier, Dave finished 9th at the 2002 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League All-American on Louisiana’s Cross Lake. Competing in the EverStart Series Northern Division just 22 days later, he earned his first FLW Outdoors victory. His conquest on the mighty Mississippi was a precursor to the remainder of the season. One month later his second victory was notched in a BFL event on Cayuga Lake in New York. He would haul over 160 pounds of bass to the scales en route to a runner-up ranking in the Northern Stren Division, and a qualification into the coveted FLW Tour in 2003. That same year in the B.A.S.S. Northern Open circuit, Dave rode his wave of success to a Bassmaster Tour qualification and birth into the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing, the 2003 Bassmaster Classic.
As a rookie, Dave split his time in 2003 between both the Bassmaster and FLW Professional Tours. His consistency on the FLW Tour and a Kelloggs Fishing Team offer, however, would later steer him to commit solely to the FLW side of competitive fishing. In 2004, his first season on the Kellogg’s fishing Team, Lefebre would lead his team to its first of two number one team awards. From 2003 to 2008, Dave would qualify for six consecutive Forrest Wood Cup championships.
Dave’s affinity for being a constant contender led him to his first “big time” FLW Tour victory on Old Hickory Lake, Tennessee, in the spring of 2004. That year would be one of particular success for the Erie, Pennsylvania pro. Victory eluded Dave in the narrowest of margins in the 2004 BFL All-American, where he finished a heart-breaking second. In a near-repeat performance of his 2002 EverStart victory, Dave finished in the runner-up position again on the Mississippi River. There was a silver-lining to the cloud of near-misses, however; Top-10 performances were becoming second nature. He added 5th- and 7th-Place FLW Tour finishes at Lake Okeechobee and Logan Martin, respectively.
By just his fourth season as a fulltime professional, Dave had become a tour mainstay. In 2006, he earned Angler of the Year honors on both the upstart FLW Series and Stren Series Northern Division trails. In 2007, he cashed-in on yet another FLW Tour 2nd place finish at Fort Loudoun – Tellico Lakes to the tune of $50,000.
Another one of Dave's headline performance was a second place finish at the 2008 Forest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. With the FLW Tour’s best competing for a top prize of 1 million dollars, Dave bested all but one contestant in the tournament, earning bitter sweet runner up honors…again.
Dave Lefebre has been fishing professionally since 2003 when he fished both the FLW and Bassmaster Tours as a rookie. He managed to qualify for both Tour Championships (The Forrest Wood Cup and the Bassmasters Classic), The BFL All-American, and the Stren Series Championship all in that year. In his short career, Dave is already considered one of the most accomplished anglers on the FLW Tour. He won the FLW Series Angler of the Year award in it’s inaugural year (2006), and also the Stren Series Angler of the Year in that same season. He finished 2nd in the FLW Series AOY race by a single point again in 2009. His second place AOY finishes also include the Stren Northern Division AOY points twice, in 2002 and 2008. In 2014, he once again captured AOY honors in the Northern Rayavac Series (formerly the Stren Series) and in 2015, Dave took the runner up spot in both the BASS Northern Opens and the Northern Rayovac Series.
Dave has won events at every level, The BASS Federation, the BFL, Stren Series, PAA, and FLW Tour. He has qualified for the FLW Tour Championship 11 consecutive times and has 51 FLW Outdoors Top 10′s to his credit in only 195 events. Dave’s highest accomplishment came in October 2009 when he won the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (PAA Championship) on Lake Conroe, TX and pocketed $250,000. In 20012 he took the FLW Tour title on Kentucky Lake, KY and his most recent victory came in 2015 on Smith Lake, AL. His career earnings now top 2.1 million dollars.
Hometown: Union City, PA
Family: Anne (wife), Mitchell and Macy (children)
FAVORITE FISHING…Lake: Presque Isle Bay
Techniques: Skipping jigs, fishing fast
Season: Pre-spawn and Fall
Boat: Ranger Z-21
Motor: Mercury Optimax 250
FAVORITE…Websites: Bassfan.com, Flwoutdoors.com, Steelers.com, DaleJr.com, Godtube
Hobbies: Music, ice fishing, volley ball, football
Food: My Mom’s Lasagna and Anne’s Apple Pie
Music Groups: Mercy Me / 33 Miles / Chris August / Natalie Grant / Phillips, Craig and Dean / Selah
TV Show: Probably Seinfeld and American Idol
Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers
Season: Late Fall
Life Heroes: My Mom and Dad. They never doubted my drive and desire to follow my dream. They always believed in me and taught me to believe in myself, even in the tough times. Also my Grandma and Gramps (Altimus). I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them. They are the true example of good values.
Angling Hero:There are several, but Rick Clunn tops my list. He took the time to bother with a pestering young kid after a tough tournament day. I’ll never forget that. He inspires me.
When not fishing…I like playing and recording music, playing football in the snow with my son, Mitchell, and just relaxing at home. I can also out-shop my wife.
Personal: My family travels with me most everywhere I go. I thank God every day that he made this possible for us, because I don’t know that I could handle being away from them for weeks at a time. When we’re home we can’t wait to get back on the road, and when we’re on the road we look forward to coming home. So, I guess it’s perfect the way it is. There are many other families that travel too, so Anne, Mitchell, and little Macy have a lot of fun, probably a little too much fun. I can’t explain how awesome it is to come off the water after a tough day to their smiling faces. Thanks Anne for all you do. I love you, Dave
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