PARTNERS & ASSOCIATIONS
MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING
Lefebre is one of the most successful anglers in the history of the FLW Tour – six wins and 51 Top 10s in 13 seasons there – and one of a small group of anglers to eclipse $2 million in career winnings. Lefebre has seven tour-level wins to his credit, including the 2009 Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe. He also hosts a TV show, Erie Extreme in his hometown of Erie, PA and is an avid ice angler when he's not on the front deck of a bass boat.
BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES
Paul Mueller is one of the hottest anglers in the Elite Series fishing right now. After winning the 2020 Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River and the 2019 Toyota Bassmaster Elite at Lake Lanier, Paul has his sights set on even more hardware as he competes in the Elite Series. He is the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation National Champion and has three Bassmaster Classic appearances, including the biggest single day bag in Classic history with 32 lbs on Lake Guntersville. When he's not bass fishing, Paul is an avid multi-species angler and a successful fishing guide with knowledge in everything from freshwater, to saltwater, to ice fishing.
JOHN CREWS JR.
BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES
A veteran on the Elite Series, John Crews is an eleven-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and is a one-time Bassmaster Elite Series champion. He started off his season strong with a 2nd place finish at the 2020 Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River and a 6th place finish in the 2020 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville. He is also the owner of Missile Baits, and has dedicated much of his time towards developing cutting edge soft plastics for bass anglers everywhere.
BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES
A well known talent in bass fishing for years, but a rookie on the Elite Series tournament trail for 2020, Alabama native Kyle Welcher made an astounding first impression on tour with an 8th place finish at the 2020 Bassmaster Elite at St. John's River, and a Top 20 finish at Lake Eufaula. His future looks very bright, and we're excited to see where this hammer goes.
FLW PRO CIRCUIT
Hailing from Finleyville, Pennsylvania; Matt Becker will start his third season as a Pro on the new FLW Pro Circuit. After being named Rookie of The Year in 2018, and earning back to back FLW Cup Qualifications, Becker has had great momentum in recent years.
FLW PRO CIRCUIT
Hailing from Wisconsin with over a decade of professional fishing under his belt, Matt Stefan is a hardened FLW veteran. With two career top ten finishes under his belt along with 5 FLW Cup appearances, he has been a known stick throughout Wisconsin and the wider bass fishing world for years.
FLW PRO CIRCUIT
Pennsylvania native Grae Buck has been a tremendous up and coming talent in the bass fishing world. Buck has 4 years of consistent performance on the FLW Tour under his belt, including a strong start to the 2020 FLW Pro Circuit season. Additionally, his huge win at the 2019 BASS Open Oneida Lake Champion punched his ticket to the 2020 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville where he fished his way into the Top 20.
Minnesota native Joel Willert has made a name for himself in the bass fishing world in a short period of time. After cashing his fair share of checks and going co-to-pro in just one year on the FLW Pro Circuit, Willert finished his 2019 season in the Top 25 in points and went on to finish in 12th place at the 2019 FLW Cup. He is now pursuing a spot in the Bassmaster Elite Series by fishing all of the Bassmaster Opens events. You can follow along with life on the road and all the bassin' action on his YouTube channel, produced in conjuction with fellow Bassmaster Opens angler Greg Mansfield.
Currently residing in Louisburg Kansas, Greg Mansfield is no stranger to big-time tournament fishing. After fishing in 2018 as an FLW Pro Circuit pro, he is now pursuing a qualifying spot in the Bassmaster Elite Series through the Bassmaster Opens. You can follow along with life on the road and all the bassin' action on his YouTube channel, produced in conjuction with fellow Bassmaster Opens angler Joel Willert.
LINDY'S FISH ED TV, DESTINATION FISH TV
Jon Thelen has made a career in the fishing industry for over two decades but has been in love with the sport his entire life. Jon grew up fishing on weekends with his father and grandfathers at family cabins in the Alexandria and Leech Lake areas. During summer school breaks, Jon rode his bike to the Champlin Mill Pond in search of northern pike and cast from the shores of the Mississippi and Rum Rivers in Anoka, MN for anything that would bite! In his early 20’s Jon began fishing tournaments and in 2003 stepped into the Professional ranks of the Professional Walleye Trail where his passion continued to build and grow with every successful tournament finish. Throughout his career, Jon has been a fishing guide on famed Lake Mille Lacs, sold boats for a large Minneapolis area marine dealership and taken a large role in the day to day operations of the Lindy, Little Joe, and Thill tackle brands. Jon has been on the cover of over 30 magazines and appeared as a source in over 150 articles over the past 20 years. In 2015, Jon became the Field Producer and Host of Lindy’s Fish Ed Television which airs from December through March each season on Fox Sports North, Fox Midwest, and Fox Detroit. Jon enjoys sharing information that helps anglers of all skill levels have more success on the water.
OUTDOOR WRITER & MEDIA PERSONALITY
Joel is a well-known TV/Media personality in the fishing and hunting industry. A self-admitted “fish nerd,” Nelson holds advanced degrees in the natural sciences, including fisheries and digital mapping, allowing him opportunities to work both personally and professionally in the outdoors industry. Annually, he participates in numerous TV, Radio, speaking, and writing engagements, highlighting relevant stories on his website - Joel Nelson Outdoors – www.joelnelsonoutdoors. Joel works with some of the largest brands in ice-fishing, open-water, and hunting; all while focusing on genuine experiences and the how-to’s he shares on a variety of media-fronts.
TYLER & SARA TRAMPE
SPORTSMAN'S JOURNAL TV
Sportsman’s Journal features a couple concept, not previously seen on the Saturday morning lineup – Hosts Tyler and Sara Trampe are multi-species anglers traveling throughout the Midwest and Ontario, showcasing different seasons, locations, tactics and conditions that allow anglers to catch more fish. Sportsman’s Journal airs on Fox Sports Net in the first quarter of every year and every episode can be viewed on Sportsman’s Journal TV YouTube channel. Both Sara and Tyler have been featured in numerous magazine articles throughout the Midwest and are active in the Seminar speaking circuit.
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MARK & JAKE ROMANACK
FISHING 411 TV
Fishing 411 TV Hosted by Mark and Jake Romanack is a nationally syndicated TV show that focuses on education that helps anglers to be more successful on the water. Most episodes are filmed in the Upper Great Lakes region and a host of popular species including walleye, smallmouth bass, king and coho salmon, brook trout, steelhead, lake trout, brown trout, pike, muskie and panfish are featured.
Mark Romanack is a veteran outdoor writer and author with 30+ years of experience, 11 printed books on fishing, three E-Books on Kindle and over 3,000 magazine articles to his credit. Jake Romanack is a licensed charter captain, passionate angler and outstanding communicator who has grown up on the Great Lakes fishing for literally everything with fins! Together this father and son team follow their passion for fishing and sharing fishing information with others. Fishing 411 is broadcast nationally on World Fishing Network, the nation’s only fishing only outdoor network.
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TOURNAMENT TRAILS AND EVENTS
CLASSIC BASS CHAMPIONS TOUR
The Classic Bass Champions Tour was launched in 2017 and began the most exciting tournament circuit that the Upper Midwest has seen. A four event regular season schedule plus a year end Championship captivates and engages bass fishing anglers from all over the midwest as they watch the Champions Tour events unfold via Facebook live , scoring updates, photos, and video via the Classic Bass website and social media channels.
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WPA HARDWATER SERIES
The WPA Hardwater Series was developed to fill the gap between spring tournament seasons in Western Pennsylvania. Until 2016, no other organization in Western Pennsylvania sponsored an ice fishing series that welcomed amateur and professional fishermen. The WPA Hardwater Series is proud to have filled this need, and welcomes fishermen of all ages to fish the series. In previous years, they have welcomed fishermen from all over the state, as well as various regions of New York and Ohio.
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GRAHA WALLEYE SHOOTOUT
Bringing together some of the best walleye anglers in the Midwest, the Graha Shootout held in Grand Rapids, MN on Lake Pokegama is a yearly event that pays out over $45,000 in prize money, including $18,000 to the winning team.
THE FALLEN OUTDOORS
The Fallen Outdoors mission is to organize outdoor adventures for veterans past and present, from every generation and from all branches of the military. Our aim is to connect Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines with like-minded individuals along with teaching them a skill and passion they can continue for a lifetime.
The Fallen Outdoors began in 2009 at a remote outpost in Afghanistan with three soldiers; SSG John Bates, Spc Eric Finniginamm and Spc Eric Bakken. Year after year The Fallen Outdoors (TFO) grew and expanded, they put in every extra second they had while on active duty. Today the TFO serves thousands of veterans a year across this great nation. What started off as a simple idea to help veterans get outdoors has transformed into a lifestyle that the TFO nation lives and breathes every day
KIDFISH ICE DERBY
Each January, the Anglers of Manitoba invite families to bundle up, grab their fishing lines, and head out on to the ice for the annual Kids Fishing For A Cure Ice Fishing Derby in Selkirk, MB. It’s a fun family event with over $35,000 in prizes and giveaways, and all of the proceeds go to help local kids and families in need. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba and CancerCare Foundation of Manitoba.
GIVING BACK OUTDOORS
VETERAN'S CAMP AND CAST WEEKEND
We are very proud to support Giving Back Outdoors in their first two years of the annual Camp and Cast Veteran's event in Leon, IA. This new and growing event gives back to local combat veterans by bringing them out on boats to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. This weekend long event is jam-packed full of fun, fishing, friends, and more!