Meet the experts
ED STACHOWSKI - Professional Walleye Angler
ED STACHOWSKI -Professional Walleye Angler
Recent Tournament Accomplishments:
BILL MCDONALD - FLW Fishing Pro Angler
Spotlight Speaker - FLW Pro Angler
Fishing tournament for almost 30 years, Billy is currently touring with the FLW Tour and Costa Series with FLW Outdoors. People often ask “what keeps me going for 30 years” the answer is simply …it’s the competition. I live to fish competitively. Integral to my success is working with my sponsors to not only fish well but, also help them promote their products. McDonald may be most recently known for his 2012 performance on the Detroit River. The second day at the Tour event, was a day that will undoubtedly be whirling around in McDonald’s mind for a long time to come. He posted the biggest bag of the tournament, an astonishing 25 pounds and 2 ounces of Detroit smallmouth bass. This was good enough to propel him into the lead for tournament, but he faltered slightly on remaining days, eventually finishing as runner up to legend Larry Nixon. When not fishing, McDonald enjoys spending his time outside. Whether he’s fishing, deer hunting, or on the beach with his wife Candy and two children Brandon and Brittany, McDonald is happy just being in the great outdoors.
Hometown: Greenwood, IN
Carrier Tournament Wins – 4
Career Top Ten Finishes – 18
FLW Cup Appearances – 1
For anglers profile, pro stats, videos & photos: https://www.flwfishing.com/
BOB MEHSIKOMER - Musky Expert (Hall Of Famer)
Sons: Mike (wife) Tracy and Jason (wife) Beth
Grandchildren: Landon, Evan, Mason and the latest keeper Brayden.
Simply Fishing Extreme Television is a 30-minute series hosted by Bob
On the 19th of August 2010 history was made when Bob Mehsikomer became the first angler in the world to achieve the Cast-To, Catch and Release of 100 Muskies over the 50” benchmark, all on artificial and ALL released. That is the reason many in the muskie world claim him to be the best of the best. Although if you ask him, he will tell you he is simply a committed angler chasing the most elusive apex predator in North America’s fresh waters.
The time and devotion to the pursuit of the muskie, bass, walleye, northern pike, lake trout, tarpon, sailfish, roosterfish, peacock bass and many other species are what makes this man the skilled angler he is. He studies the environment, the location, forage and the predator at a level others could only dream of. The devil is in the details Bob always says. When asked by a would be potential sponsor what made him so efficient on the water, he simply stated when you do it for a living, and living depends on eating, you learn fast and thoroughly. Every cast, every fish and every mistake are recorded in his day-to-day life on the water.
Bob is noted for his abilities to educate his fellow anglers. He has held many muskie schools in the US and Canada focused at raising the skills and abilities of anglers wanting a more rewarding experience for their time on the water. Many of his co-instructors have gone on to build their own place in the fishing industry as a result of their involvement.
And there is more…much more from this one of a kind angler driven by the challenge of the fish, the environment, the industry and the technology within it. There is much to learn from Bob if one is willing to listen. Will you be that one?
For more information regarding Bob Mehsikomer please contact Simply Fishing Extreme TV.
Simply Fishing Extreme Television
SPENCE PETROS - Musky Expert (Hall of Famer)
Spence Petros is one of North America's most versatile and well-respected anglers. Author, fishing educator, tournament angler, tackle designer and veteran of over 125 television shows, including three years on ESPN's national show "the Outdoor Writers".
In 1989 Petros was inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, and is listed among the "Living Legends of American Sportfishing", a book authored by Larry Colombo profiling 100 of the top people in the sportfishing industry. Spence was editor of Fishing Facts magazine for 22-years and now writes regularly for some of the top fishing magazines in North America which include North American Fisherman, Midwest Outdoors, Fishing Facts, Bassin', Crappie Magazine and Musky Hunter. He also appears regularly on TV with Babe Winkelman and Joe Bucher, along with being a regular on Midwest Outdoors TV shows.
Spence's career has been dedicated to "teaching fishermen to catch more fish".
MARK "Uncle Millie" MILLIS
Mark was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. His father owned a welding shop right next door and on the other side of the house, his Aunt and Uncle owned the most popular gun shop in Mid-Michigan. Hence, his future was pre-determined.
Mark began his journey into mechanical know-how at age six with his first mini-bike. It was this mini-bike that turned Mark into a self confessed “Motorhead”! He continued to tickle the wrenches on everything from old outboard engines to heavy construction equipment but his true passion remains motorcycles. He owns a total of twenty-two bikes of all different makes and models including his preferred ride, a nearly mint-condition 1965 Pan-head. Needless to say, Mark has turned his skills into Wolf Creek’s mechanical savior, which translates primarily into Steve Gruber’ s personal Mr. Fix-it. He’s the one who makes everything with a sparkplug of Wolf Creek’s, “Good To Go”! He’s also a 3rd generation journeyman ironworker and owns an ornamental iron workshop. He holds the title of Master Iron Artist endorsed by Michigan State University and in 2002, was named Ornamental Iron Artist of the year.
Fortunately, Mark’s passion doesn’t end with the ratchet set. His love of the outdoors, including hunting and fishing, actually trumps his mechanical attributes. From farm pond panfish to Great Lake’s salmon, from cottontail rabbits to wiley whitetails, Mark is in pursuit of all game species.
Sorry ladies, Mark is married to the love of his life, Ann the Angel. Together, they are a culinary duo of wild games delights. The Millis kitchen is a professional grade masterpiece. Don’t plan on losing weight if given the chance to visit.
Mark has used his combined knowledge to become a co-host of Wolf Creek Productions’ “Deer City, USA” seen Thursdays on Outdoor Channel.
CAPTAIN PAT HARRISON - Chicago River Secrets
Pat Harrison has been fishing for 45 plus years and is an experience USCG Captain in IL. Pat is a fishing educator and does seminars at clubs, and several large Outdoor Mega Stores and enjoys teaching others about fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Pat is a board member for many clubs keeping his love for fishing alive and spread to many in the outdoor world. Pat also is an experienced Guide on the Chicago River and is an expert on catching smallmouth bass with specific tactics he will share at the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show.
Pat is a Pro Staffer for Evinrude, Bass Minder, Bass Minder, Never Snag and several others. Pat Harrison's love for the outdoors and knowledge of the sport is something special.
Visit Pat Harrison on FACEBOOK at Pat Harrison Outdoors - Fishing Adventures
CAPTAIN MATT FIRESTEIN - Musky Expert (Lake St. Clair)
Captain Matt “Catfish” Firestein owns and operates “Whopper Stopper Muskie Charters and Guide Service” on LK. ST. Clair. He has fished and been successful from east of Montreal to Winnipeg. He has had Many tournament wins. He specializes in casting, jigging and trolling for big fish on LK. St. Clair. 20 years of addictive fishing behavior gives him a unique outlook on tactics that will help any angler in the pursuit of giant fish in LSC or his local lakes.
CAPTAIN JERRY COSTABILE
Captain Jerry Costabile
Resolute Charters, Lake Michigan Salmon Expert.
35 year experienced captain, President of Kenosha Sportfishing Conservation Assoc.
PAUL HEALY - Fly Fishing Expert
Paul Healy is the owner of the JIM THORPE FISHING COMPANY based in the scenic Pocono Mountains close by his home waters of the Lehigh River. JTFC offers fly fishing and light tackle trips on well-known streams like Penn’s Creek, Pine Creek, Fishing Creek and the Brodhead to name just a few. Plus New Jersey streams like the Raritan, Musconetcong and the Pequest along with many lakes and ponds.
Paul is also an accomplished surf fisherman and has expanded his guiding to include trips along the Jersey Beaches and Back Bays in search of Stripers, Blues, Fluke and other game fish. Paul is a member guide and instructor for AMERICAN FLY FISHING SCHOOLS and belongs to T.U. and several other conservation organizations.
You can contact Paul at 610-349-0883. Go to jimthorpefishingcompany.comand read his blog or through the AFFS national office.
CAPTAIN BILLY HEIM - Lake Geneva Fishing Guide
William Heim of Night Prowler Guide Service is one of the premier fishing guides of the Midwest specializing in Lake Geneva and Lake Delavan, WI. He is an experienced multi species guide and someone you should know. William was born in 1963 and grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin. His grandfather had William out early in life and was hunting and fishing at age 4 and its been history ever since. William a full time guide specializes in unique ways of teaching others how to adapt to the toughest conditions. He has a Specialty Technique which is Night Fishing using black lights and florescent line making it easier to see while fishing in the dark, and William has it dialed in.
MIKE CORBLIES - Fly Fishing Expert
American Fly Fishing Schools
Mike Corblies is a world class teacher and videographer of the sport he has lived for over 50 years. As the International Director of American Fly Fishing Schools he heads an organization of some of the best casting instructors, fly fishing guides and member lodges throughout North America and the Caribbean.
Mike works with several sporting goods manufacturers as a consultant in product development, testing and sales. Mike also conducts classes and offers guide services from his fly shops located in Island Heights, New Jersey and Palm Bay, Florida. He is a featured speaker and casting instructor at many sports events across America every year.
Captain Mike still fishes and teaches from his kayaks, flats boats and his 26' Dusky for any fish that can be caught on a fly. Learn more about him atamericanflyfshingschools.com
LINCOLN BUCHANAN - Walleyes on the Fox Chain of Lakes
Lincoln Buchanan was raised on the Fox Chain of Lakes in northern
Illinois. He is on the water any chance he has whether soft or hard.
He began fishing chain of lakes walleye tournaments in 2009 with the
World Walleye Association tournament trail, Illinois division.
Lincoln has had multiple top five finishes in both tournaments and
overall point standings. Lincoln was part of the 2014 team of the year
and the 2015 championship winner. He is also a licensed captain and
guide on the Fox Chain for walleye or multi species trips. He
specializes in education and excitement while on the water. With the
preferred method of live bait fishing clients they are sure to have a
Lincoln's current sponsors are Fox Lake Harbor, Lund Boats Mercury
STORM, and Abt Electronics.
RICHARD HOLM - Salmon on Lake Michigan
I was born in Cook County IL in 1947. At the age of 5, we moved to Portage, IN. where I have resided since. I was employed at United States Steel Gary Works for thirty seven years before retiring in 2003. Over the years, I have fished in various parts of the county including Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida and even portions of Canada. I have fished for several different types of fish, including Large & Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Musky, White Bass, Catfish, Carp, Walleye’s, Lake Perch, Coho, Chinook (Kings), Steelhead and Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook and Lake Trout, Striper’s, Blues, Redfish, Tarpon as well as Bonefish.
For the past 24 years, I have owned and operated Sea Quest Lures (which became Sea Quest Lures, Inc. ® in 1998), manufacturing Trolling Spoons and Trolling Flies for the Great Lakes, as well as a fly tying device for fly fishing. I have placed first in both the Salmon Unlimited of Indiana and Hoosier Coho Club Classic Tournaments in the past as well as taking a number of 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th placing in various Great Lakes Salmon Tournaments.
CALVIN KAVANAUGH - Slip Bobber Fishing Techniques
Robert Bobich has been fishing for 40 years and running an Evinrude Motor for 31 years now. Robert is on the McCoy Fishing Line Pro Staff as well as Evinrude’s Pro Staff. Robert is also sponsored by Lake County Water Sports / Wauconda Boats and Fish Hog Tackle. Robert Is a Coach for the Plainfield South Bass Fishing Team which has qualified 4 teams in the last 12 months for 2 State Championships and Won the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation 2017 State Championship. Robert has 30 years of Tournament Bass Fishing experience. Robert made the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation State Team in 2008 and Qualified for the B.A.S.S. Federation Regional Tournament. Robert fished B.A.S.S. Opens, FLW Series, Ever start and BFL as well as Red Man Circuits. Robert was on FLW Outdoors TV program From the Old Hickory Lake, TN. Tournament as well as Midwest Outdoors 3 times. Robert is a student of the sport of fishing always learning and sharing his knowledge with others. Robert’s passion is boating and fishing and spending time with his family when he is not pursing smallmouth and largemouth bass.
MIKE JACKSON - Musky Panel Moderator
Mike Jackson of Mike Jackson Outdoors
DAVE VANDOORN - TAKE A VET FISHING
Dave VanDoorn has been the Director of prostaff for Take a Vet Fishing a group that honors and supports Veterans and their families by providing them an opportunity to get out on the water since 2011. Dave spent close to 150 Days on the water; had fishing licenses in 6 different states and Ontario. He also fished 32 different bodies of water throughout the Midwest and Canada. That was just in 2017!
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