From Erie, PA, Dave grew up fishing for Crappie and Muskie with his Dad. His passion for fishing grew very quickly alongside his passion for music. At a young age Dave started competing in fishing tournaments and quickly made his name known. He knew from the time he was 13 years old he wanted to be a professional bass angler. Working very hard until his dream came true by climbing his way up from fishing lower tier Bassmaster and FLW events, to qualifying for the Bassmaster and FLW tour. Deciding to focus on the FLW tour, he accumulated 7 wins, 65 top 10's and over $2.3 million in winnings over 14 years. He quickly became known as one of the most consistent anglers on the tour. In 2016 Dave decided to shift gears and direct his focus at the Bassmaster Elite Series after qualifying through the Northern Opens.
Growing up in New Jersey, Bill was always looking for different waters to fish for Largemouth Bass, whether it was from a bank or a jon boat, he loved to fish. It wasn't until he moved to South Florida back in 2003 that he discovered what would become his true passion...kayak fishing. Since then, he has continued to fish from a kayak in freshwater, inshore, and offshore. In 2009, Bill formed his club, the Florida Bass Paddlers, which was created to unite kayak bass anglers and to also provide a platform to host fundraisers to benefit multiple not-for-profit organizations. Bill is a proud Pro Staff Member of Manley Rods, YakAttack, Kaku Kayaks, and Bass Addiction GEAR. In addition, he is also a proud member of the South River Outfitters Fishing Team.
Blace was born and raised in the West Virginia foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He has always had an enthusiasm for fishing and most recently kayak fishing. His love started at the farm pond where he caught his first fish. His passion for fishing eventually grew stronger with every cast. Now, his main focus is river smallmouth bass. Hinton is known for the famous New River, which consists of turbulent white water and giant bronze backs. Those two things inspired his love for kayak fishing. Kayaks are his way to access the water touched by few and overlooked by many. Honing his skills over time acquired him a spot on the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team. He is a member of the Mountain State Kayak Anglers and actively participates in kayak tournaments around his home state. You might think fishing is his life, but he is also a family man, proud father, and a caring husband. Promoting kayaking, fishing, and the outdoors is something ingrained in his DNA. He lives to enjoy life while encouraging everyone to appreciate the thrills that nature provides.
Born and raised in Sanford North Carolina, as a child I fished the local ponds with my grandfather and father for bluegill, crappie, and the occasional bass. As I got older, I began to get serious about bass fishing. When I reached high school, I purchased a kayak with the help of my parents. That then allowed me to fish all the lakes and rivers that surrounded my house. Upon graduating high school, I was off to college at West Virginia University. Reaching college was a major stepping stone in my fishing career I joined the WVU fishing team and began traveling around the country fishing in many large BASS and FLW tournaments a year. I have qualified for 2 College BASS National Championships, as well as the College Classic Bracket, and an FLW College National Championship. This has led to traveling from coast to coast and everywhere in-between!
Coy is from southeastern Ohio and grew up in the outdoors, always having a great love for fishing and hunting. Growing up, he spent a large amount of time on the Hocking River, fishing for bass and catfish and during the summer months, on Lake Erie fishing for Perch and Walleye. When fall rolled around, whitetail season was a priority, chasing the giants Ohio has to offer. Beginning in 2010, Coy was introduced to kayak fishing through his good friend Matt Ball and it instantly became a passion. The Greenbrier and New River in southern West Virginia is where he spends most of his time on the water. In 2013, he became a member of Mountain State Kayak Anglers where he becomes heavily involved in kayak bass fishing tournaments. Coy is now the assistant tournament director for Mountain State Kayak Anglers and heads up the youth angler division. The sport has provided Coy with a great deal of respect for the awesome beauty West Virginia waterways and mountains have. Kayak tournament fishing has introduced Coy to many new people that have become lifelong friends. But most importantly, since he started fishing tournaments, he has introduced friends and family members to the sport and are now right at his side during the events. Coy has his father, son and brother heavily involved in the sport and is very passionate about the time he now gets to spend with them.
Don grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania fishing the many rivers and creeks the area has to offer. My primary passion is kayak bass fishing but I also like to chase Musky from time to time. I average 10-15 kayak bass tournaments a year across the eastern side of the U.S. In 2013, I had four top-three tournament finishes, six in 2014, and placed in several for 2015 that led me to 5th place overall national finish for the year in the River Bassin Tournament Trail. I am also the founder and owner of 412 Bait Company by Donald Corbett. By far my favorite type of kayak fishing is on swift rivers. It's something about the adventures that always seem to present themselves when setting up and doing river floats. The Smallmouth Bass might have a little to do with it as well! I enjoy watching the sport of kayak fishing continuing to grow and sharing my passion with others. Kayak fishing offers a level of relaxation that I hadn't previously found in life and I like nothing more than seeing brand new kayak fishermen discover that. I will always try to continue to improve as an angler and ambassador to the sport! I look forward to meeting and fishing with as many like-minded individuals as possible in the fishing community.
I grew up just south of Houston close to the Gulf Coast where. Although I spent most of my younger days chasing speckled trout and redfish in the Galveston Bay Complex, my first love has always been bass fishing. 10 years previously, I began competing in local saltwater and freshwater tournaments, it was not until the spring of 2017 when I competed for my first kayak tournament, and I instantly knew this is where I belonged. Since then I have completed in countless kayak tournaments all over the U.S. accumulating 16 top ten finishes, including winning the 2018 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship and the highest tournament payout in kayak bass fishing history. I’m extremely passionate about the outdoors and fishing but even more about sharing my knowledge of both with the next generation of young anglers.
Eric Siddiqi is a Professional Kayak Bass Fisherman from Cincinnati, Ohio. He has 2 boys Zaiden (5) and Lofton (4). He began his journey in 2015 after purchasing his first kayak and never looked back. In 2017 he really began to make his presence felt in the kayak Fishing world. At the Hobie Open on Kentucky Lake he set the all-time single-day record with 61.75” with his 3 fish on Day 2. He then went to the KATS Border City Classic on Lake St. Clair where he finished 2nd out of 87 Anglers which made him runner-up to fish at the 2018 Hobie Worlds 7 in Sweden. He finished in the Top 5 at the Kayak Bass Fishing Trail events on Lake Chickamauga, Cedar Creek Lake, Lake St. Clair, and Pickwick Lake. He also had Top Ten finishes at the KBF Trail events on Lake Chickamauga and Lake Barkley. He was #1 in KBF online points for Ohio and qualified for the KBF National Championship for the 3rd year in a row. He then finished the year with another top 5 finish at the KBF 100 Challenge on Toledo Bend Reservoir in Many, LA and added another Top 10 finish at the KBF Open “The End on the Bend”. All in all, a solid year for the Tournament Angler. In 2018, he decided to up his game. He began his year with a Top 5 at the KBF Trail event on Lake Guntersville and qualified for the KBF National Championship for a 4th straight year. Next, he went back to the Hobie Bass Open and had his 3 Fish single day record taken from him on Day 1 with 62.25”, only to take it back on Day 2 with 64.25”. He then fished the KBF Trail event on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, WI and took 1st place. Next, on the list, it was back to the KATS Border City Classic on Lake St. Clair, and this time he took 1st place out of 99 anglers and received an invite to Hobie Worlds 8 (Location TBD). He has also had Top 10 finishes at the KBF Open on Beaver and Grande Lakes in Bentonville, AR and on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, WI. He has top 10 finishes at the KBF Trails on Lake Barkley in Dover, TN and on At the Toad Fest on the Marsh in Fellsmere, FL. He has also been Top 5 in AOY points for KBF for the entirety of 2018 and Qualified to Fish the 2018 KBF Trail Championship and the 2018 KBF Challenge Championship on Toledo Bend. He is also qualified to fish the 2018 KATS Tournament of Champions on Lake Fork, TX. It’s been a great year so far and 2018 isn’t over yet! There is much more to come from this angler. Everyone Fishing a kayak now knows to watch out when Eric Siddiqi has registered to Fish a Tournament!
I have been fishing as long as I can remember. I started kayak fishing because it was a fast and affordable way to get on the water while I was in college. Like most people getting into the sport, my first kayak was a recreational sit inside kayak. The more I fished in the kayak the more I fell in love with the sport. Nowadays I feel out of place when not fishing out of a kayak. I found out about a kayak club having tournaments in my area in 2013 and I was very enthused. Fishing in tournaments is more than just a competition it’s about having fun, spending time with friends and meeting new friends.
Jody Queen has been a fisherman for as long as he can remember. Fishing has been the common thread running through his life, wherever he’s been, whatever he’s been doing, and for the last few years, what he’s been doing is firmly establishing his ranking as one of the top anglers in the country.
Joe began kayak fishing about 7 years ago, immediately realizing the many advantages a kayak offered to his angling. The ease with which large areas could be covered quickly, the freedom to explore the new fishing territory, accessing places boats cannot reach, and the ability to carry a larger arsenal of gear than merely wade fishing opened up a whole new world on the water. Then, in 2015, he discovered the KBF organization (Kayak Bass Fishing), a platform for kayak anglers to compete on both the local and national level, which paved the way for the pursuit of his lifelong dream of professional bass fishing. His home kayak fishing club, MSKA (Mountain State Kayak Anglers) is the largest local kayak fishing organization in the country.
Since that time, he has steadily risen through the ranks to settle into the top tier, having fished well over 100 tournaments, and spending around 300 days a year on the water. Currently, in TourneyX tournaments alone, Joe has a 72% Top Ten finish record, with 11 First Place, 5 Second Place, and 8 Third Place. Not listed in those stats are several local and charity tourneys, where he has consistently taken top honors. For the last two years, he has competed in “The Ten”, a prestigious invitation-only tournament for the top ten anglers in the country. He currently holds 3rd place nationwide in The Ten, and 2nd in the 2017 Angler of the Year race. The 2018 KBF National Championship will mark the third year in a row that Joe has qualified for this event.
Jody is an army veteran and supports the Heroes on the Water project, as well as The Barbie Brawl tournaments which are Breast Cancer Awareness and support events. He is also involved in stream clean-up tournaments and projects sponsored by various local organizations.
Joe is a member of the Bonafide Team and is sponsored by Bonafide Kayaks. He fishes out of a Bonafide SS127. He is sponsored by Torqeedo and is a member of the Torqeedo Fishing Team, his boat is rigged with a Torqeedo Ultra Light 403. Land Cruiser Restorations, YakAttack, and Fishing Online have recently added him to their teams also.
Joe was born and raised in Pittsburgh Pa. His passion for fishing came from his father and uncle bank fishing the Monongahela river just outside of Pittsburgh at a barge storage area. Joe's addiction to fishing grew more and more over the years and hit an all-time high when he began targeting smallmouth bass. Shortly after catching his first bass he began fishing powerboat buddy tournaments on the Pittsburgh's three rivers and even placed in the trails championship classic tournament in his first season. The powerboat eventually became too much of a money pit for Joe and he transformed his recreational kayak used to float the Youghiogheny River into a fishing kayak. Doing this opened up so many doors for Joe and he eventually purchased a Jackson Kayak and started fishing tournaments across PA and into WV. Today, Joe enjoys fishing tournaments not only in PA and WV but now will travel to any state to participate in some of the largest Kayak bass fishing tournament trails like The Riverbassin Trail. Kayak fishing is one of many hobbies for Joe. He also enjoys photography, teaching new anglers different techniques, or just floating down the Youghiogheny river and relaxing.
My friends call me Smitty and I am addicted to fishing. I love all types of fishing I chase multiple species on the Ohio River and its tributaries but I found special connection to competitive kayak fishing. Chase fish around a good chunk of our country has brought a lot of amazing people into my life it's not just the next big fish. Being mostly known for winning 2017 KBF National Championship hope to see you all on the water.
I was born and raised in Grafton, WV and now reside in Little Hocking, OH. I grew up fishing with my Father from the time I could hold a pole, and continue to pass that love of fishing on to my kids. I am the proud father to 4 awesome kids, and husband to the most understanding woman in the world, who is also my biggest supporter. I am the 2016 (And First Ever) Kayak Bass Fishing National Champion, and am a proud member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team, 412 Bait Company team, All Pro Rods pro staff, Mountain State Kayak Anglers, KBF, and River Bassin Tournament Trail. I spend the spring thru fall chasing bass all over the state of WV and OH, as well as traveling around the country fishing in various tournaments with friends and family. When the leaves fall I am an avid Bow-hunter and enjoy chasing the big Whitetail Deer of southeastern Ohio. Faith, Family, Friends and the Outdoors are my passions and I love to share and talk about all those to anyone who will listen. I truly love being on the water and look forward to making more memories and sharing my knowledge with others every day.
Growing up in rural Appalachia, it was nearly impossible to not find myself wandering around the outdoors. I picked up fishing at the early age of 4 pond hopping with a bobber and worm side by side with my father. After that, I slowly watched it consume me and become a part of who I am. I bought an old jon boat before I bought a car. Rods, reels, and tackle became more important than a new pair of school shoes or having the latest clothing brand. It wasn’t until college that I discovered kayak fishing and I’ll never look back. Whether it be musky, smallmouth, or any other species that swims there is no greater satisfaction than targeting them from a kayak. It's just you and the fish out there and may the best man win. Along my journey I have been able to partner up with some of the absolute best companies to work with. I am a Jackson Kayak Fishing team member, 412 Team member, Fishing Online member, and the National Kayak Team Director for Bayou Bug Jigs. With the help and support from these companies I have been able to expand my fishing opportunities, make some amazing friends, and fish waters I may have never had the chance to otherwise. I'm excited about the future and can't wait to see where I end up fishing next.
Noah is the founder of Kayak Anglers, a non-profit organization established in 2013 which is focused on charity, community and the growth of kayak fishing. He has been fishing all of his life, primarily for freshwater bass and has been doing most of his fishing from a kayak since 2005. He spends equal time on lakes and rivers in Western Pennsylvania where he currently resides and is a power fisherman who tends to focus on the reaction bite when he can find some aggressive fish. His species of choice is undoubtedly smallmouth bass. Noah is a Project Coordinator by day and has a wife, Summer, and a son, Rowan who both love the outdoors.
Born from Ice as they say.... Raised in Syracuse NY a city with consistent record snowfall, Randy grew up skiing on his local slopes. After perusing a career in winter-sports he realized there was a lot more adventure to be had in the summer months. With a family rooted in "sportsman" traditions, he is no stranger to fishing, but over the last several years he has made it his "Job" to pursue any species he can from his kayak. Now living in Buffalo on the shores of Lake Erie and the Niagara River, he is no stranger to big water and spends much of his time chasing trophy smallmouth bass from his Jackson Kayaks. He is also one of the tournament directors of Kayak Anglers Of Central NY. He enjoys spreading the excitement and adventure of kayak fishing to all, and looks forward to showing the ropes to his tiny tot son!
Russell has been fishing since he was 2 years old. He would always fish with his grandfather and father on the Yough. Growing up in Whitsett, PA and being right next to the river, he has always found fishing enjoyable and part of life. Russell enjoys fishing any lake, river, or stream. He has fished every chance he could get, from an aircraft carrier during his U.S. Navy enlistment, to his favorite canoeing/kayaking the Yough river. With fishing 100+ days a year, he still finds beauty in every fish and enjoys watching them swim away to fight another day.