Hometown: Park Rapids, Minnesota
Family: Wife: Dawn, Sons: Nick, Aaron, and Grant
Crestliner Model: 1850 Pro Tiller - "What an amazing fishing machine! This boat has the precision operation tiller models are known for, combined with the ammenities everyone desires; tons of storage, comfortable seating, smooth travel, multiple livewells, it's the perfect set-up!"
Favorite Fishing Technique: All of 'em! Refining a favorite is difficult since I fish so many different fish species throughout the year. It might be casting bucktails for muskies in the morning, topwater panfish mid-day and trolling for walleyes in the evening. That's simply one day! I love to experiment with tackle and technique to figure out additional methods to catch fish.
About: Jason owns and operates Go Fish! Guide Service in Park Rapids, MN and has published two fishing books, Pro Tactics: Panfish and Pro Tactics: Ice Fishing. He additionally writes for numerous outdoor publications.
Other Sponsors: Mercury Marine, Shoreland'r Trailers, Vexilar, Northland Tackle, Salmo Lures, Motorguide, Jason Mitchell Rods, Clam Corp., Jiffy Ice Drills, AP Outdoors
Hometown: Minnetrista, Minnesota
Family: Wife: Julie, Daughters: Therese' and Leah, Granchildren: Eva, Astrid, Leo, and Corrine
Crestliner Model: 2050 Raptor
About: "Doc" has multiple major wins to his credit and is known as Doctor Sonar because of his expertise in marine electronics. He has a total of 4 PWT wins. He also won the MWC National Walleye Championship in 1986 and the RCL National Walleye Championship in 2002. He has a winning formula that has worked for him on both lakes and rivers; this formula includes using today's technology to his advantage on the water. While GPS and Sonar technology are common tools in competitive walleye fishing, few walleye pros have blended the technology with aerial photos, satellite elevation charts and custom-designed contour maps as well as Doc does and he has proved his techniques on the tournament trail. Because Doc is willing to share his knowledge and experience, he was the recipient of the PWT Norb Wallock Memorial Teaching Award for being the "Top PWT Teaching Pro" in 2004. Doc focuses on teaching fishing through seminars, classes, Instructional DVDs, his educational website Other Sponsors: Mercury Marine, Northland Tackle, Lowrance, Minn Kota, Smooth Moves Seat Mounts, Slix Rod Covers, Salmo Lures, Wave Wackers, Optima Batteries, Bert's Custom Tackle, Navionics
Hometown: Ramsey, Minnesota
Family: Children: Carley and Mitchell
Crestliner Model: 192 Tournament Series
Favorite Fishing Technique: Rigging, jigging, trolling...and anything else that is catching fish
About: Mike has been an active outdoorsman his whole life and enjoys passing on his passion to his two children. He's active with the boy scouts and other youth groups where he educates kids about the outdoors and fishing. Mike also owns and operates Northern Waters Services, a promotional, guide and representative company.
Other Sponsors: Mercury Marine, Fin-Tech, Rapid Marine Group, Doctor Sonar
Hometown: Devils Lake, North Dakota
Crestliner Model: 2050 Raptor
About: Johnnie Candle owns and operates one of Devils Lake's premier guide services and comes highly recommended by many anglers. His tournament travels have taken him far and wide, competing at the highest level on the USFA, NAWA, PWT and MWC tournament trails. He has qualified for 15 National Championship Tournaments. Johnnie has fished in 20 states as well as Canada. He currently fishes the MWC and was the 2010 MWC World Walleye Champion. When not fishing, Johnnie hosts a weekly Pro's Pointers TV segment on NBC North Dakota News and appears weekly on two outdoor radio shows.
Other Sponsors: Mercury Marine, Rapala, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Fin-tech, Scheels, Berkley, Pflueger, Fenwick, Fishouflage, Costa, EGO, Nets, Lake Region State College, Dutch Fork Tackle, Navionics
Hometown: Granby, Colorado
Family: Wife: Leesa
Crestliner Model: 1850 Fish Hawk
Favorite Fishing Technique: Jigging and casting soft plastics
About: Bernie has been operating Broken Antler Outfitters/ Fishing with Bernie on Lake Granby and Grand Lake in northern Colorado for 13 years. Although he primarily guides his clients in search of trophy lake trout, Bernie is equally adept at catching walleyes, among other species.
Other Sponsors: Mercury Marine, Minn Kota, Colorado Boat Center, Hummingbird, Eagle Claw Fishing Tackle, Habervision, Strikemaster Ice augers, Rapala, Lindy Fishing Tackle, Pure Fishing, Habervision, Clam Corp, A&A Toppers
Hometown: Fonthill, Ontario, Canada
Crestliner Model: 2150 Sportfish SST
About: Charlie has been host of the very popular TV show, "Fishful Thinking," since 1990. He has been recognized as one of Canada's top fishermen on a variety of game fish. Before launching the Fishful Thinking TV Show, Charlie succeeded as a tournament fisherman, winning numerous national fishing contests. Charlie has also designed lures, the most recognized being the "Charlie's Angel," a lure responsible for many of the prize winning catches.
Other Sponsors: Dodge RAM, Mercury Marine, Sail, Dickies, Water Depot, Hummingbird, Mustad, LiveTarget Lures, Cannon, Maui Jim, Minn Kota, Hot Spot Lures, Okuma Fishing, Salus Marine, Seagur, Tuf-Line, Worden's Lures, Lunkerhunt, Autom Trim & Signs.
Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada
Family: Wife: Lua, Daughter: Tylar
Crestliner Model: 1850 Raptor
Favorite Fishing Technique: River Jigging, Trolling Cranks and anything else that catches Trophy Walleye!
About: Shane Turcotte has been fishing as a Walleye professional for the last 5 years on the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC), AIM, Michigan Walleye Tour (MWT) and Northern Ontario Walleye Trail (NOWT). When Shane isn’t on the road fishing a tournament you can find him on his home waters guiding or conducting Fishing seminars through Hooked Professional Guide Services and Promotions. His guide service primarily operates on the St. Mary's River system, but he frequents many lakes all around Ontario. He also acts as Tournament Director and Emcee for Sault Ste Marie’s Premier Walleye event Kiwanis International Walleye Tournament (www.kiwi.co). Shane has a full tournament schedule for the 2013 MWC and NOWT season with a stop on the MWT. Shane recently finished 2nd place at the MWC Detroit River with a 10 fish limit of 84 lbs 9 oz. You can follow Shane's blog at www.gethookedontario.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hookedproguidefishing and Twitter at @hookedproguide for many updates and tips/techniques.
Other Sponsors: Streamside, Navionics, Salmo, Northland Tackle, Off Shore Tackle, Clam Corporation, Ice Armor, Reef Runner Lures, Rod Glove, Vexilar, NationalProStaff.com