Chris Adams is a fourth generation native Floridian born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. Growing up, his father was instrumental in introducing him to the outdoors where passion became obsession. Out of college Chris joined Trek International Safaris as Director of Hunting and Fishing operations which has allowed him to travel, guide and photograph some of the most beautiful and game rich environments on the planet. During his personal time you will see his competitive streak show in both local and regional events that include B.A.S.S Opens and Florida Pro Redfish events.
LOCATION: Jacksonville, FL
Keith grew up fishing as a kid with his dad and as he got older he started entering tournaments with his dad and was hooked on the competition. Keith has been fishing tournaments now for about 13 years. Keith fishes in the BFL Bulldog Division, Poor Man's Trail, and is a member of the Lake Oconee Bassmasters Club. Keith also works fulltime as a paramedic in both Georgia and in the Gulf of Mexico. He volunteers his time with Camp Oo-U-La every summer and always find a way to introduce someone to fishing.
LOCATION: KENNESAW, GA
Blake Hollier grew up on the banks of Bayou Teche deep in Cajun country where hunting and fishing is in every boy's blood from birth. On Louisiana's rivers, lakes, bayous, and in the Gulf, this veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom has learned that there really is no place like home as long as it's on the water. Blake's passion for fishing has led him to start his own business, Custom Cajun Rods. Blake participates in many local, regional, and statewide tournaments and is currently an active member of B.A.S.S. and Ducks Unlimited.
LOCATION: Land O Lakes, FL
Rich Redmon is an avid outdoorsman and up-and-coming rod maker who resides in Wetumpka, AL. Thanks to his dad, he started bass fishing at the age of 4, fishing competitively by 8. Rich has traveled most of the world when in the US Navy and has fished in every ocean except the Arctic. An avid kayaker, Rich was unhappy with store-bought options and began to build his own. Rich has had numerous mentors and friends in the bass fishing world and rod making that have helped him along the way. In his spare time he works as a webmaster and editor for Venture Outdoors TV Show. He also helps work outdoor events and charity events.
LOCATION: Wetumpka, AL
Although Hal has spent many days chasing bass on many lakes throughout the country, he is addicted to river fishing. There is something about the moving water and solitude that puts him at peace. An accomplished river angler, he has landed numerous river bass over 7lbs, including 2 river largemouth bass over 10lbs. He is also the defending champion of the Atlanta leg of the Riverbassin.com tournament trail. An avid outdoorsman, he spends his spare time chasing deer, ducks, and turkey. He also owns a part-time business building custom fishing rods.
LOCATION: Marion, SC
Kris has been fishing all his life. The trend from freshwater to saltwater came about 20 years ago, the saltwater action in species was so different and he came to love it. He got into rodbuilding about 5 years ago and loved it, the building of the lightweight fishing rods is his life. All Kris does now is eat, sleep and build custom rods.
LOCATION: Tampa, FL
In the struggle to find a lighter & more comfortable fishing rod, Matthew turned to designing and building his own. What started as a hobby has turned into a part-time business, Matthew's Fishin Styx. Specializing in building custom rods with micro guides and spiral wraps, he builds rods for several top inshore guides and tournament guides in the area. Matthew is now in his second year as Vice President of the North Florida Gulf Fishing Club which has over 100 members and averages 30+ boats per tournament.
LOCATION: Moultrie, GA
Tim grew up fishing with his uncle at the very early age of 3. He spent many long days fishing Kentucky lake where his uncle was a guide and it is there where he learned the competitive nature of bass fishing. Tim has been fishing tournaments for 17 years at both the local and state level. He fishes the Music City Division of the BFL and is the President of the Nashville Bass Anglers. He took up the hobby of custom rod building five years ago as a way to build a better quality rod. Tim also enjoys spending time taking his 4 yr. old son fishing as well as teaching other kids the joy of fishing.
LOCATION: Hendersonville, TN
After a successful collegiate bass fishing career that included back-to-back CollegeBass Western Super Regional Championships in 2009 and 2010 and a 2nd place finish in the 2010 FLW National Championship, I am moving up from the collegiate ranks for my rookie season on the FLW tour in 2012. I am really looking forward to getting and really testing myself against the best in the business.
LOCATION: Shreveport, LA
LOCATION: Denham Springs, LA
Captain Nino Gonzalez has been fishing professionally since 2008. He learned to fish on his Father's farm in Flatonia, Texas for catfish in their stock pond. He transitioned to saltwater while in his teens fishing out of South Padre Island and Port O'Connor, Texas. Nino is known on the tour for his sight casting style. He travels the Texas coast fishing the Texas Redfish Series and the IFA Tour as well as various other tournaments. Nino is a full time 8th grade mathematics teacher. He also builds custom fishing rods for his own company, Redtail Rods. In 2005, Nino moved to Aransas Pass Texas after a three year stay in Naples, Florida. He was featured on the IFA Tour television show and American Outdoor television show in 2011.
LOCATION: Aransas Pass, TX
Jesse has always been an avid outdoorsman. Deer hunting became his first passion until moving to Corpus Christi, Texas. Flats fishing and offshore fishing soon moved ahead of deer hunting as a favorite pastime. Years of fishing both offshore and inshore gave Jesse new insights on what rods to use, how to improve current technologies, and mastering new techniques. This led to building custom fishing rods, which Jesse does on a part time basis. Jesse has competed in various local fishing tournaments both inshore and offshore. Working on attaining his captain's license Jesse hopes to become an offshore guide and possibly guiding inshore as well.
LOCATION: Corpus Christi, TX
Pat was raised on the beautiful spring-fed rivers that flow through the Texas Hill Country. As his dedication to the sport of fishing grew, he discovered kayak fishing. He now travels to fish many different waters, but the rivers he grew up on still hold a special place in his heart. Along with tournament fishing, guiding, and instruction, he also own a custom rod and artwork company, P. H. Kellner – Quality Custom Fishing (www.phkellner.com), with all the rods and artwork had done by him.
LOCATION: San Marcos, TX
Robert is an avid kayak angler, outdoorsman and rod builder. As the owner of Matthews Custom Rods, Robert holds the utmost quality standards for his components. Needless to say, he builds MHX.
LOCATION: Spring Branch, TX
LOCATION: Greenville, TX
Jim Strawbridge is one of the most avid bass fishermen you will ever meet. He started bass fishing at age 8 in his home town of Albany, New York. Thirty three years later, Jim now lives in Frederick Colorado and continues to fish for bass on a recreational and professional level. He is a Tournament Director for the Colorado Couples Series, fishes the Bassmaster Central Opens, local club events, and has won several tournaments in his state. Jim and his wife were ranked 104th in the Nation by the American Bass Anglers (ABA) in 2010, and were invited to the Couples Series National Championship. He is also a Field Editor/Author for FishExplorer.com, one of the most informational fishing websites in the State of Colorado.
LOCATION: FREDERICK, CO
Joshua "Kayak" Christensen has been fishing since the age of three, always honing his skills towards bass fishing in both fresh and salt water. His passion for the sport of fishing is only surpassed by his passion for doing it by sit on top kayak. Joshua is the Host of Gett'n Fishy on You Tube, blogger on getnfishy.blogpsot.com, fishes for HOOK1, and has become an ambassador of kayak fishing.
LOCATION: Murrieta, CA
LOCATION: La Center, WA
Buzz Butters is a custom rod builder and owner of B&B Custom Fishing Rods. Buzz has been building custom rods for over twenty years. Buzz builds everything from micro-ice rods to musky rods and everything in between. He prides himself on building custom grips to fit each angler's specific needs including anglers with disabilities. Buzz specializes in teaching at risk high school students the fun of rod building and fishing and has taught over 250 high school students rod building techniques.
LOCATION: Ripon, WI
With over 25 years experience chasing Michigan salmon and steelhead, Steven Hutchins is widely regarded as a knowledgeable and successful guide and recreational angler. He's authored countless articles on salmon and steelhead behavior and how to adapt your techniques based on that behavior as well as variations in river conditions. Along the way, he's had several first place entries in Michigan's Master Angler program. In 2009, Steve's passion for salmon and steelhead fishing lured him into guiding and he's the owner/operator of Hutchins Guide Service. In addition, he has a love of rod building and has developed several recipes that cater to salmon and steelhead anglers. In 2002, he authored a book of humorous outdoor related short stories entitled The Fish of a Thousand Casts--Tales of Mischief and Mayhem in the Great Outdoors.
LOCATION: Grand Rapids, MI
As the owner and operator of Eyefull Custom Rods, Tony refuses to use anything less than the best gear. He has over 30 years of experience fishing the Great Lakes for Salmon, Walleye and Trout and is well known for his guiding service aboard his boat, the Eyefull. Tony enjoys fishing several tournaments a year and is an advocate of youth fishing and rod building programs. Tony is an early adopter of MHX blanks, prototyping some of our first runs. His trolling rods have become the gold standard for Great Lakes fishermen, and MHX blanks have played a big part in that effort.
LOCATION: Saginaw, MI
Nate started fishing in his Grandfather's Bass pond in upstate New York from the early age of 2. From that point on he wasn't able to put the rod down - fishing for any type of fish he could get a hook into. He started Salmon fishing on the Salmon River in the Seventh Grade with an uncle who owned his own bait and tackle shop and ran guide services out of Otsego Lake in Cooperstown, NY for landlocked Salmon. Later Nate graduated to Steelhead fishing in the Little Sandy's, Cayuga lake. Lately he's favored Center-Pin rods, and is currently working on catching every fish out there on the Pin. Fishing exclusively with custom-built rods, Nate frequently places in the Salmon Heaven Lodge Annual Steelhead tournament - taking top honors in 2010 and winning the 'Biggest Brown' category in 2009.
LOCATION: HYDE PARK, NY
Aaron grew up fishing for salmon and trout on Lake Ontario with his father and friends. Following largemouth and muskie but obsessing with smallmouth, he enjoys some multispecies fishing as well. His primary focus is mostly on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers near Montreal, Quebec. He averages 110 times per year on the water. You'll find him in the shallows fishing topwater if the bite is on but is versatile enough to change gears and catch fish deep. Building custom rods for the last 6 years, he is an avid "tackle junkie". Aaron fishes a few tournaments a year choosing to fish recreationaly when ever possible.
LOCATION: Montreal, QC
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