Below is 2020 info. 2023 information coming soon....
His 2013 season was the start of his career as a professional angler. Although his venture began later than some, James has accomplished many feats since he began at age 38.
From a B.A.S.S Open win to the Bassmaster Classic, Watson promotes fishing on a WORLDWIDE level. Additionally, James has qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup and the Texas Toyota Bass Classic during his duration fishing the FLW Tour, FLW Costa Series, BASS Opens, P.A.A. and Major League Fishing. He has also competed as a member of the US Bass Team in the Black Bass Championships in 2017 in South Africa and 2018 in Mexico. Bringing home the gold medal with the team in 2018.
In 2018, he received the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award per his involvement in FLW Community Outreach. He prides himself on his personality, often gaining him media attention, which positively promotes his sponsors. All eyes are watching where James “WORLDWIDE” Watson will go with his professional fishing career.
You can find James fishing Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour, FLW Costa’s as well as attending charity events when it fits his schedule.
Jim Saric is a Legendary Angler in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He is the Host and Executive Producer of The Musky Hunter television series, Editor at Large of Musky Hunter Magazine, and a seven-time musky tournament winner.
Jim’s sponsors include YETI Coolers, Bass Pro Shops, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Ontario Tourism, Shimano, G. Loomis, Power Pro, Motorguide, Lowrance, Musky Mayhem Tackle, Joe Bucher Outdoors, Musky Innovations, and Stowmaster Nets.
Bill Schultz lives in New Berlin and Sturgeon Bay, WI, and is a contributing writer for Badger Sportsman Magazine, Kayak Angler Magazine, www.lake-link.com, along with several other web sites.
Pehanich has been a frequent contributor to Bassmaster magazine and Major League Fishing and has bylines in dozens of outdoor publications & websites including Bait & Tackle Business, Bass Angler, Game & Fish, Outdoor Life, Kayak Bass Fishing, Bass Times, Great Lakes Angler, North American Fisherman, Cabela’s Outfitters Journal, In-Fisherman, Wired2Fish, Rod Crafters Journal and Fishing Tackle Retailer. He is a former editor of the Redbone Journal and a frequent contributor to outdoor television and radio shows and YouTube.
Entrepreneur Brad Richardson, founder and builder of several companies, has blended his talent for photography and video with his fishing passion to launch Get N Bit Productions and “The Pro’s Choice” web series, which makes its debut this season. His multi-media talents help companies’ market and spread brand awareness through artful visual presentation. Brad has passed along his family fishing tradition to his wife and their two daughters. You can learn more at facebook.com/getnbit/.
Brad and Mike are helping tackle manufacturers, marine companies and industry professionals to build brands and reach key demographics through modern day media.
Heather Hodson @northwestflygril – Founder of United Women on the Fly. Heather is an expert at making anglers (especially women) feel comfortable and becoming a part of the fly fishing community.
Jeff’s sponsors include: Mercury Marine, Starcraft, SkipperBuds, Humminbird, Minn Kota, and Churches Tackle Co.
Jeff has been an avid fisherman his whole life, even spending 6 years as a first mate on a lake Michigan charter boat during the 1980’s. Since his early teenage years, Jeff has been primarily focusing on Walleye fishing leading up to his present guide service. As well as his guide service, Jeff has created a tackle company called Team-Outdoors, where he has designed his own unique fishing products. Jeff and his wife Karen who is a chef, have a an All-Inclusive service which offers first class fishing charters with lodging and gourmet meals at their Green Bay location.
He has fished many FLW events including BFLs, EverStart Series and a few FLW events from New York to Tennessee and thru the upper Midwest Great Lakes areas. His specialty is SMALLMOUTH BASS and the Great Lakes. He has also fished many B.A.S.S. events in the Midwest Great Lake Region, from Pro-Am events to Team events at home on Lake Michigan to Sturgeon Bay and Lake St Clair in Michigan. A few of his accomplishments and sponsors are below.
3-Time REDMAN Regional Qualifier(1996-2001)
5-Top 10 REDMAN finishes including 2 Wins
BFL Lake St Clair 1st Place(2001)
Big Bass BFL Regional-Lake Chautauqua NY(2001)
BFL Bay of St Louis 1st Place(2003)
Big Bass 2003 BFL-Gulf Coast Division
EVERSTART Championship Qualifier(2003-2004-2005)
Chicagoland Classic Champion(2003)
Chicagoland Classic Big Bass(2003)
Big Bass Mid-West Sportsman Classic-Kentucky Lake(2000)
Mid-West Sportsman Champion-Lake Michigan Division(2001-2002)
B.A.S.S. Federation IL Calumet River Open 1st Place(2005)
B.A.S.S. Federation IL Calumet River Open 2nd Place(2007)
Sturgeon Bay Open 5th Place(2005)
Sturgeon Bay Open Big Bass(2007)
US Anglers Choice Southern Lake Michigan 1st Place(2011)
US Anglers Choice Southern Lake Michigan 1st Place(2012)
Anglers Dream Championship 1st Place Lake St Clair(2013)
Anglers Dream Team of the Year(2007-2008-2013-2015-2016-2019)
Anglers Dream Championship 3rd Place Lake St Clair(2015)
B.A.S.S. Federation TEAM Calumet River 1st Place(2015)
Breast Cancer Open Lake Calumet 1st Place(2016)
BASS NATION 1st Place(Big Green Lake) 2018
FLW winnings over $28,000
B.A.S.S. winnings over $10,000
Pro-Am and Team Events over $50,000
VEXUS BOATS – 2019/Present
LEE’s Global Tackle – 2009/Present
DEM JIGS – 2015/Present
G Loomis/Shimano – 2011/Present
MERCURY Outboards – 2015/Present
DOU Realis – 2016/Present
Ranger Boats – 2001/2019
BAG-EM – 1998/2005
CASTAWAY RODS – 1996/2009
Capt. Jerry was also been named Kenosha Sportfishing’s “Angler Of The Year” in 2016, 2017, 2018. He also is a five time Kenosha Sportfishing’s “Big Fish” award recipient.
Capt. Jerry is the creator and instructor of the trout and salmon school “Top to Bottom”. This unique school give his students classroom instruction as well as on the water instruction aboard the “RESOLUTE”.
Jerry is a past IGFA World Record holder in the 4# test line class with a 15lb. 12oz. Walleye caught in the Wisconsin River.
Capt. Jerry is a Pro Staff member and sponsored by; Grandt Rods, Yellowbird Fishimg Products, FireFlies Wi., Finn Tackle, Dreamweaver Tackle, Bloodline Tackle Co., Silver Horde/Gold Star, Lake County Watersports, Outdoors With Jerry and Nick Radio, Boathouse Pub and Eatery, The Lettering Machine Embroidery and Screenprinting.
Follow Capt. Jerry on Facebook under Jerry Costabile and JLC Outdoors. www.resolutecharters.com
Professionally, Joe has enjoyed a variety of executive leadership positions, is an outdoor communicator and a media member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. His professional background combined with his many fishing credentials lead him to his current role, Executive Director of Tourism for Lake of the Woods.
Joe works closely with 60 resorts, area guides, and a number of stakeholders in the outdoor industry. He is an active writer, appears in outdoor TV shows, produces outdoor videos, digital media and speaks about fishing and the outdoors across the Midwest.
He has a passion for both Spoon and fly fishing as they are two of the oldest, most traditional methods of presenting artificial lures to fish. Marketing the world famous Eppinger Dardevle spoons has provided many unique adventure travel opportunities and quite literally fed his family for the past 15 years. Fly fishing is his passion feeding his soul with its wonder, and mystique for over 50 years. Spoons and flies are simply favorites, and he believes the most effective delivery systems to the magic world of fishing, using both when pursuing large predatory fish.
Working in the fishing industry as a Marketing Director, outdoor writer and seminar speaker, John enjoys the opportunity of sharing the adventure, magic and camaraderie of a sport that takes him to some of the most beautiful places on earth.
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His approach to fishing is more technical than most, but he also has the ability to translate that technology in a manner easy for one to understand. He presents numerous seminars and classes both on and off the water in the Midwest and Canada, with the concentration being how to use today’s technology to catch more fish.
The presentation will be Fishing Lake Geneva with Today’s Technology. Mark fishes this deep clear water lake throughout the year and he will be discussing the changes in habitat and game fish that are evolving this great body of water. He will also present a few of techniques and technologies he uses while scouting structure to locate and catch big fish throughout the seasons.
Mark’s sponsors include: Ranger Boats, St. Croix Rod, Cabela’s, Mercury, MotorGuide, Dr. Sonar, Lowrance, Navionics, Optima and P-Line. Learn more about Mark at www.structure-fishing.com.
After serving in the Navy, Mike moved back to Brownsburg where he began his career in law enforcement by becoming a Reserve Officer. Over the next 27 years Mike held every sworn rank at the department including Shift Supervisor, Training Officer, Swat Commander, Undercover Operations, Crime Scene Investigator, Detective, and Assistant Chief of Police until he was appointed Chief of Police in 2010. During Mike’s career he had extensive training in a variety of specialized law enforcement including Tactical Command, Special Weapons and Tactics, Certified Crime Scene Investigator, Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor, Advanced Incident Command, and graduated from the 223rd Session of the FBI Academy.
Throughout Mike’s law enforcement career he continued to fuel his passion of fishing by competing in Bass Tournaments across the United States while building relationships in the industry. Since Mike’s retirement in 2016 he has been actively involved in the fishing and consulting industry. Mike ceased the opportunity to begin the Hero Getaway in 2012 to give back to the police officer, firefighter, and veteran community. Since retiring Mike has fished the Bassmaster Opens, Costa Series and is now going to fish the Champions Tour.
He is the lead presenter at the first-ever college musky fishing course ever conducted at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Steve has written, edited or contributed to 25 books about musky fishing and has produced five musky fishing DVDs.
Since then, Oliver has become a familiar face in the bass scene and is renowned for catching monster fish of many species with a specialty in double digit largemouth and 5+lb smallmouth bass. To learn more about Oliver and his fishing adventures visit www.YouTube.com/OliverNgy or his website, www.bigbassdreams.com.