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He fished the Pro FLW Tour series and was very successful. With even more determination, Hank knew he wanted to be an Elite angler and set out to do just that. Having to compete in the B.A.S.S. Opens division, He qualified for the elites and became the Rookie of the Year in 2013 for the Bassmaster Elites. With 3 Bassmaster Classic appearances under his belt already, and going into his 6th year in the Elites, the determination is still there and there is still more for him to accomplish. When you ask Hank what his goals are now that he is in the Elites, he will tell you “to complete my journey and to inspire people along the way.”
Arthur (Ott) F. DeFoe was born on September 17, 1985 to Bud and Erieka DeFoe in Knoxville, TN. When he was 9 years he took a trip to Okeechobee, FL and that’s where his love for bass fishing began.
I have a deep-rooted passion for fishing that goes back to my early childhood years. I started fishing competitively in Bass Tournaments in 2007. Also in 2007, I co-founded Glacier Lakes Bass Club in Adrian, MI to help teach others about the sport and the club continues today. In addition to fishing, I am a Sr. Application Engineer for PowerSchool Group, LLC, the world’s largest Student Management system, where I work with school districts around the world custom designing and building add-on data management solutions. I have 3 beautiful and talented daughters and one son-in-law. I am an active member of Crossroad’s Community Church. I also regularly donate to and assist our local food pantry, Fish-N-Loaves, as a way to give back to our community.
I have had a strong passion and desire to become a Professional Bass Fishing Angler ever since I was a very young boy. Fishing has always been a big part of my life and my family as I have grown up. Many great relationships have been created either on or off the water throughout my fishing career. I have been competing on the Professional side of the FLW events since 2013.
When I am not fishing, I serve my country fulltime with the Ohio Air National Guard, United States Air Force. I have currently served 21 years and I am still serving.
Elite Series pro Angler and Host of the hit TV show "One More Cast" with Shaw Grigsby. Angling Hero: "Rick Clunn has always been my hero. He's just an awesome angler. I also respect Denny Brauer because he's so professional and so good at everything he does." Home Lake: Withlacoochee River (FL). Favorite Lake: "It's hard for me to say. Toho is awesome, but I really love fishing for smallmouths in the Northeast." Least Favorite Lake: "There are many lakes I don't care to fish because they're very tough fisheries. Tennessee lakes have always been tough for me." Favorite Technique: Clear-water sight-fishing and finesse fishing, not necessarily for spawning fish.
GTO Fishing is the sister team of Jessica Little-Oakley and Reesha Little-Oakley. “We have always fished and hunted since we were very young,” said Jessica. “We always loved it. Fishing was our favorite and we would fish for anything.” The sisters cut their tournament teeth in the bass arena, but enjoy fishing in general. “We participated in bass tournaments for a few years,” continued Jessica. “Day to day we fish for anything and everything, including musky, crappie, bass and catfish. We bow fish for carp and gar and love to gig frogs. We love it all.”
Houston is one of the most well-known and colorful personalities in the world of fishing. Houston is best known as the host of his outdoors television shows, but his experience in the outdoor industry is much more extensive.
Randy was born September 25, 1973. He has a wife, Robin, and two sons, Laker and Oakley. He loves hanging out with the family and going to church. Randy is a Triton/Mercury guy and has been since the beginning.
Born just west of Birmingham, Alabama, Chris grew up with fishing as a large part of his life. Being the son of a Police Officer, he understands the importance of family time. Fishing is where he and his family found time to be together. In 1995 Chris followed in his father's "footsteps" and began work with the Birmingham Police Department. Chris moved up through the ranks and was a Detective in the Narcotics Division when he moved to follow his dreams of professional bass fishing. He then moved to Guntersville, Alabama in 2003.
Angling Hero: Grandfather - "Papa taught me to fish and to love the sport." Home Lake: Lake Waco (TX) - "It's a sleeper. It's an awesome fishery." Favorite Lake: Falcon Lake - "It has lots of them, and they're big and dumb."
Keith Poche was born and raised in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he grew up fishing for fun as a kid.
Keith started college in Louisiana and transferred to Alabama, where he now resides, to play football for Troy University. He only played one season for Troy University before a shoulder injury sidelined him.
After surgery, he passed his time by fishing. It was then that he realized his love of the sport and was introduced to tournament fishing. He fell in love and after several years of fishing local tournaments, the Bassmaster Weekend Series and Bassmaster Opens, his hard work paid off and he qualified to fish the Bassmaster Elite Series. Since fishing in the Bassmaster Elite Series Keith has had 27 top 50 finishes, 12 top 20 finishes, 5 top 10 finishes and finished 3rd at the Bassmaster Classic.
Though he’s only just finished up his 3rd year fishing the Bassmaster Elite Pro Tour, he’s made quite a name for himself.
Jarad is the owner/founder of Roper Outdoors based out of Forrest City, AR. Roper Outdoors was created to promote and educate people of all ages about fishing and the great outdoors through visual media and other editorial efforts. The motto “Keeping The Great Outdoors Great” came from Jarad’s deep passion for the outdoors.
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