2021 Featured Speakers 
Jason Christie

Jason was born and raised in Eastern Oklahoma.  He grew up hunting on family land and fishing on the local lake.  He played basketball throughout high school where he earned a scholarship to play at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.  He graduated with a degree in education in 1998 and began his profession as a coach.  When not fishing, he enjoys spending time with his three daughters: Ali, Ana, Jaslyn.

Over the years, Jason has competed in local and regional tournaments and has had a great amount of success.  He started his tournament career fishing with various partners including his uncles and his dad and together they won many team tournaments.  Jason also fished individually in pro-am events which proved to be successful and helped to build his confidence as a professional angler.  His desire to compete was outgrowing the local tournament circuit and he wanted to see if he had what it takes to fish at a national level.  His big break came October 2007 when he won a Stren Series event on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri and he knew that victory would help pay his way to fish against the big boys!

Russ Bailey

Host of the popular Brushpile Fishing television show, 14 time national qualifier Russ Bailey has established himself as the leading expert in Crappie fishing.

Brushpile Fishing airs weekly on Fox Sportstime Ohio and nationally on Pursuit Channel.

Troy "Fish Slim" Becker

An avid local multi-species angler who's first love is chasing the elusive Saugeye.  Through decades of experience, Troy has gained a deep knowledge of central Ohio lakes and rivers, and the unique techniques and timing needed to consistently catch Saugeye year round.  Some would call him a local legend but he would say he just loves to fish!

Mark Blauvelt

Mark has been fishing catfish tournaments for the last 10 years and is a lifelong multi species angler who spends most of his time plying the waters of southern Ohio looking for trophy cats.

 

He will bring years of "dragging" experience with him as he shortens the learning curve for anyone who wants to learn how to use this year round technique.

Chris Souders

Winner of the 2016 Cabella's King Kat Angler of the Year Award. Chris Souders is a seasoned catfish angler, an accomplished tournament angler and a dedicated family man. He credits his passion for fishing to his positive fishing experiences as a child and he strives to pass that passion on to future generations. He faces each new day as a challenge full of new experiences and things to learn.

Tom Kiefer

Fishing guide and tournament angler, Tom Kiefer has over 20 years of experience in competitive fishing. Three-time Federation National Qualifier with B.A.S.S To uses his enthusiasm and experience to create memorable fishing experiences for folks with his guide service on Lake St. Clair.

Jason Ricketts

Jason has been fishing since the age of 9 years old. Growing up close to the Little Miami River he has a passion for chasing smallmouth bass in the river. Even though Jason really enjoys catching smallmouth, he loves to multi-species fish as well. Right around 5 years ago Jason was introduced to kayak fishing. Needless to say that it has completely consumed him and he is now a true ambassador for the sport. He  enjoys meeting new kayak fisherman and teaching them some of the ends and outs of the sport. Jason runs a local fishing team for Loveland Canoe and Kayak and is a Regional Fishing Team Member Jackson   Kayak and Blue Sky Boatworks.

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