I'm Adam Nickel, born and raised in NW PA I have been fishing as long as I can remember. Got into Bass fishing specifically and tournament kayak fishing around three years ago. I mainly fish the KBF and KA trails as much as possible. I love the fact that I get to travel so much to fish lakes that I probably never would have gotten the opportunity to fish if not for the tournament trails. My favorite place to fish is lake Erie chasing those smallies. I also enjoy archery and waterfowl hunting. I am looking forward to the 2019 tournament season and can't wait to get back on the water!
I have been fishing as long as I can remember. I have a picture of me as a 6 year old holding a couple of bass I caught in the Florida Everglades. Fishing has kept me out of a lot of trouble growing up, and provides a source of relaxation for me currently. I have been kayak fishing for eight years. My first kayak was a $350 sit in, and I upgraded to a SOT the next year. My third year, I broke the bank of a fully rigged, big time kayak and I haven’t looked back. The reason I got into kayak fishing was to get off the bank, plain and simple. I loved squeezing into places that most people can’t get to from shore, or even a boat. As the years have gone by, I now kayak fish to fish new waters, enjoy the comradery with fellow anglers, and to promote the sport to others. Fishing for me, as a kid, kept me out of so much trouble. I cut my teeth as a little boy fishing the Everglades. When I moved to Western PA, I did a lot of river fishing as a kid. I moved to Northern Vain 1987 as a 7th grader, and would fish drainage ditches and small ponds that I would access by sneaking onto the property of Dulles International Airport. The last 10 years have consisted of me doing a lot of kayak fishing during the warmer months and chasing steelhead on the Erie tributaries during the winter. If I had to pick one favortie moment, it would be the first time I fished out of a kayak. I was able to get off the bank and to places that other just couldn’t get to. I had an epic day on a paddle-tail frog, boating 10-12 decent fish. From that day on, I was hooked.
I was one of the lucky ones to grow up with a farm pond full of bass and bluegill in my backyard. This is where my love of fishing took root and one of my earliest childhood memories was catching a giant bass from the pond one summer. In my memories, it was at least a five pounder but the years may have added a few ounces to that fish. My passion for fishing and hunting led me to a degree in Wildlife with an emphasis in Fisheries and I put that degree to work by developing a career in fish hatcheries and stocking fish for anglers and fish restoration projects. My career provided many opportunities to live in great fishing locations around the country and fish from the warm saltwater of Florida for redfish, snook, snappers and groupers to cold Alaskan waters fishing for salmon, halibut and cod to my home waters of Pennsylvania fishing for black bass, trout and other species. I started competing in kayak tournaments in 2014 and this has become an obsession for me. I love the fact that I get to fish so many new waters, meet new friends at the tournaments, share information and have a healthy dose of competition to increase the challenge level. I’m easy to spot at tournaments because you’ll see me with my Jackson Cuda 12 strapped to my truck and I’m hauling a NuCamp teardrop camper which is my home away from home while camping, kayaking and fishing.
Chad grew up in Carlton, PA where he spent most of his summer months on a buddy’s 10 acre pond catching crappie and Largemouth Bass from a jon boat. Chad’s passion for kayak fishing started in 2014 where he competed in his first Kayak Angler’s tournament on the middle Allegheny River. He finished third overall and has been hooked ever since. Chad is the Tournament and Chapter Director for Kayak Angler’s of Western PA. Chad is on several pro staffs including Team Bonafide Kayaks, NE Regional YakAttack Team, Gamma Fishing Line, The Original O-Wacky Tool, and the Raymarine Regional team. He is a fishing team member for The River’s Edge Canoe and Kayak and Fishing Online. Chad is a part of The Brothers Bonafide along with his buddy Dave Ohmer where they share their kayak fishing adventures through social media. Chad enjoys competing in several KA chapter’s tournaments and the Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) PA monthly online challenges. When Chad isn’t kayak fishing in tournaments, he spends all of his time with his 6 year old son Aspen!
Chasity grew up in Peterstown, WV. She currently resides in Hinton, WV a small, historical Railroad town known for “Where three rivers meet.” Also, the famously known New River. Chasity’s passion for kayaking fishing began in 2017 shortly after her father passed away. Chasity states; “Being on the water, surrounded by Mother Nature truly saved My life. Fishing is how she copes, and it is why she paddles.” Chasity is a Member, Sponsorship, and Club Administrator for The Summers County Kayak Bass Anglers and Member of KBF. In 2018 she started competing. During her rookie season, she proved kayak bass fishing was not something just did in her spare time. She dedicated herself. Her passion, hard work, determination soon opened new doors as she continues to grow as an angler She proudly represents the Bonafide Kayak Team, Regional YakAttack Team, TourneyTag Pro Team, FX Custom Rods State Team, KETCH Team, Line Cutterz Pro Team, Neverlost Gear Pro Team, and ICHTUS Fishing Gear. In addition to her kayak fishing, She also competes in Bassboat tournaments as Co-Angler with her husband, Brian. She is also a full-time Mother of two. “It is not about winning; it is about sharing love and passion of the sport. Pushing to achieve new goals, praising the skills of fellow anglers and their accomplishments, learning from mistakes and growing to be a better angler and never giving up.
Growing up on the shores of Long Island New York, I have been fishing since I was a little kid for fun. It wasn’t until my time in the United States Marine Corps that I began to take fishing seriously. I had been a fly angler for many years until an accident at work left me unable to walk correctly anymore. From that day I thought my enjoyment of fishing was over. Until I was introduced to Noah Heck and the Kayak-Anglers community. It was love at first cast. For the past 4 years I have been competing in the Kayak-Anglers Western PA chapter tournaments learning to hone this craft. Since starting out I have traveled across the country to fish in various tournaments on the National level. From Toledo Bend Reservoir, Kentucky Lake for the KBF National Championship and even tight back here to Northwest Pennsylvania for the Northeast regional open on Lake Erie that was hosted by none other the FISHingONline. But my passion will always be Pennsylvania either on the big lakes like Erie or the flowing creeks like the Kiski and famed Susquehanna River there is no shortage of great water here. While I love competing in tournaments my greatest times on the water are the ones I spend with my fiancé Tonya fishing for fun. She competes as well and is an accomplished angler in her own right but just seeing her enjoyment makes it all worth it after a long week at work. As they say there’s no such thing as a bad day on the water.
Grew up just outside of Pittsburgh in Bellevue. I've been fishing as long as I can remember. I bought my Jackson Big Rig in the summer of 2016 and it's been my preferred method of fishing ever since. I tend to fish mostly lakes but I've started to get out more on moving water lately. I do have an admitted addiction to Whopper Ploppers which I'm trying to work on without much success. I've been married to my beautiful wife Carol, who's the most supportive woman in the world, for 41+ years. We have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. When I'm not spending time with my family, fishing, or hunting I work as an instrumentation tech at the nuclear power plant in Shippingport Pa.
Jake grew up on the shores of Lake Erie. Fishing and the outdoors have always been a huge part of his life and made even more so with the introduction to kayak fishing 8 years ago. His favorite kind of fishing is done in his Jackson kayak chasing world class smallmouth on Lake Erie and its tributaries. When not fishing his local waters he loves traveling around to Fishing tournaments, exploring new waters and making new friends! When not on the water he enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter and two dogs hiking, camping and just being outside!
Jaxton Orr, from Fort Wayne, Indiana is 16 years old and has been fishing for 11 years now. Jaxton entered the kayak fishing scene in 2017, participating in the Indiana Kayak Anglers tournament trail. In his first season as a competitor, Jaxton had impressive top ten finishes in 6 of the 8 events with one win. As 2018 began Jaxton started attending larger events around the Midwest and fished consistently throughout the season and met incredible people at every event he attended that he now considers friends and mentors. Jaxton cannot be more humbled and blessed to have friends, family, mentors and sponsors that show him endless support. You can follow his journey by following him on Instagram or Facebook @jaxtonorrfishing.
Being born and raised in Monongahela, PA, I grew up fishing with my Dad and friends on the Monongahela river and other nearby bodies of water and have always enjoyed fishing more than any other hobby that I have ever been involved in. In 2013, at the age of 41, I bought my first kayak and started fishing local tournaments soon thereafter. Doing so, I have met some of the most grounded and skilled anglers and have been fortunate enough to win Angler of the Year in the Laurel Highlands chapter of Kayak Anglers in 2017 & 2018. In 2018, I also introduced my daughter Hannah into the world of kayak tournament fishing and we have been blessed to be able to spend a lot of time together doing what we both enjoy. When we’re not out competing, you’re likely to find us out on Presque Isle Bay in Erie or floating the Youghiogheny river chasing smallmouths!
I started kayak fishing in 2009 and began tournament fishing in 2013. My passion for kayak fishing really took off in 2014 with the inaugural season of the Central PA chapter of Kayak Anglers where I met a lot of folks who went on to become good friends. I also volunteered at my fist Heroes on the Water event in September of that year and that was a fantastic experience. I found out that I truly enjoy sharing my passion for kayak fishing and introducing anglers young and old to this sport.
My name is Lee Potter,I'm 49 years old and have been enjoying the outdoors for about as long as I can remember. I grew up in Maryville, a small town just outside Knoxville in East Tennessee. I learned to fish in farm ponds and wading in the Little River close to my home. My favorite fishing personality growing up was Bill Dance, because he fished like we did and he always would tell how and why he had caught the fish and that is what drew me to bass fishing, figuring out the puzzle of catching them. I am not a conventional tournament bass fisherman, I do run a small weeknight tournament for East Tennessee Kayak Anglers, but thats as conventional as it gets. I want to find the patterns and techniques that other anglers miss or don't even consider. These have helped me win tournaments and catch fish when everyday techniques fail to produce. Hopefully I can share some of these techniques and help others become better kayak anglers.
I'm 39 years old reside in Pipestem,WV. I absolutely love to fish and fishing competitively is icing on the cake.1998 Dad brought home a 17ft aluminum bass boat.Local tournament fishing began with very lil success.Meeting a friend and expanding from local waters into North Carolina,Virginia,and Alabama.The passion for the sport continues to grow.2016 Kbf had a tournament on my home waters I seen the chance to qualify for the National Championship.Not having a kayak I borrowed a friends and didn't qualify.2017 KBF/MSKA tournament on Stonewall Jackson I borrowed the same kayak ended up placing 25th KBF 17th MSKA.Seeing the only way to qualify for the NC was to fish the rest of the season with MSKA and qualify though points.I purchased my 1st kayak and haven't looked back.Finished the season 2nd in AOY 1.25 inches from the top spot.2018 season I decided to travel the east coast fishing KBF trails and still was able to make all the MSKA events.Ended the year 18th in AOY in KBF and a 3rd place AOY in MSKA. Tight lines Luke 6:31
I have been fishing for bass for over 20 years. Only 4 of those years fishing out of a kayak. The rest I mainly fished out of canoes/boats and did a lot of wade fishing. With most of my time spent on local rivers. With the occasional lake or pond mixed in. I would have to say river fishing is my favorite type of fishing. With not looking back threw log books I would have to say I have over 50+ citation bass out of rivers and close to another 50+ out of lakes/pond/streams. I may not be the best angler in the world, but I have spent my fair share of time on the water studying these elusive creatures we call bass. I am a pretty easy going guy willing to help anyone that needs it. So dont ever be afraid of asking questions. I know I'm not. LoL. I could go on for hours and talk about fishing but I'm not so that's just a little something about me. And for all of you who don't know me... If we share water together and you're not having a good time(not catching fish ext..) I will find you and make you have a good time(help you catch fish/make you laugh).I think everyone who knows me will vouch for that. lol Till next time, Tight Lines!
Mel Russell Ashe grew up in the Carolinas fishing farm ponds with his Dad, Melvin and his grandfather Russell. After working many years around the US he landed in Kansas City, MO. MO has so many wonderful ponds and lakes, and Mel went out on many with his friend Matt Clark and his canoe. Matt is the one that came over one day and said ” You gotta see this guy fish out of a kayak” on “Knot Right Fishing”. That was 2012…and in 2013 he was in a kayak fishing Santee Cooper in the KBF Open. He was hooked…line& sinker. Mel travels all over the Midwest, South & East (still haven’t gone West, maybe 2019) fishing KBF events and Midwest Kayak Bass Fishing Series events as well as his local club NEKKA. When not on the water, he loves spending time with his wife, Toni, and his three amazing rescue pit bulls-Remington, Dixie, and Zima. Saturdays during football season, if he isn’t fishing, you definitely will find him on the couch watching his beloved Clemson Tigers.
Shawn spends as much time as he can outdoors, hunting, fishing, and camping. He grew up wading the creeks and streams in Western and Northern PA fishing for bass and trout. Like a lot of people he started fishing from a canoe and then transitioned to a kayak. He started doing Kayak Bass Tournaments three years ago and loves to chase smallmouth bass, especially on moving water. He enjoys meeting new people on the water and at events, and tries to promote and grow the sport of kayak fishing. He is a member of Kayak Anglers (KA), Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF), and is on The Rivers Edge Fishing Team and Fishing Online Fishing Team.