"I catch more fish on Cleo’s and Kastmasters than almost anything else when ice fishing but they work great in open water too. Rip them off the bottom and just expect bone-crushing strikes. They catch the slobs man!"
John Gillespie started his television career as a sportscaster and worked in TV newsrooms from 1972 thru 1990. In 1990 he decided to end his newsroom career and start his own Outdoor show, JOHN GILLESPIE'S WATERS & WOODS. The unique aspect of his program was to produce 52 new and current programs every year. This past spring he celebrated his 1000th consecutive show without ever airing a repeat. John's entertaining on air style sets him apart from the other outdoor shows. He himself portrays the average angler going on a fishing trip with an expert. He employs some of the biggest fishing names in the midwest such as Pete Maina. These regular co-hosts take John all over the Upper Midwest and Canada on a quest for big fish.
"Kalin's assortment of soft plastics straight up catch fish. Great profiles and actions, the right colors and heavy salt and garlic taste combine to make baits that work everywhere we travel. Hard to pick a favorite but I have caught so many big walleyes on Sizmic Shads and the Wac-O Worm catches bass no matter what."
Over the past decade, Jason Mitchell has earned a legendary status as a professional hunting and fishing guide on North Dakota’s Devils Lake. Jason began his career as a guide at an early age and in the span of a decade, built one of the largest open water guide services in existence (Mitchell’s Guide Service head quartered out of Woodland Resort) and was a key member of Devils Lake’s famed Perch Patrol Guide Service during the winter. Jason Mitchell Outdoors Television is a regionally broadcast television show available throughout the Midwest on both Cable and Broadcast, covering North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin Indiana, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri on Fox Sports Net North and Fox Sports Net Midwest.
"Every fisherman has his or her favorite techniques whether it's on the ice or in the boat; mine is jigging. Acme tackle has the best lineup of jigging baits on the market. If you are trying to coax that finicky walleye through the ice, hands down, I turn to the Kastmaster or up my game with the Rattlemaster. These baits are sure to turn lookers into eaters! Part of jigging is getting that reaction bite and no bait does that well than the Hyperglide; which has been a go-to bait for me both on the ice and in the boat."
As a kid who loves the outdoors, dreams of becoming a professional athlete didn’t cross my mind. What did was becoming a professional fisherman and in 2013 this became reality for me with the start of Fishaddictions.com. We are currently filming Season 3 of FishaddictionsTV, which airs on FoxSports North and FoxSports Wisconsin, covering the upper Midwest and beyond. FishAddictionsTV is about friends, family and fun on the water.
What’s my favorite body of water? Hands down, I would have to say Lake of the Woods. I have spent countless hours exploring Lake of the Woods and it holds a soft spot in my heart this is where I learned most of what I know and it has endless places to find that next bite.
What are my favorite baits? I always start out with a Rattlemaster or Kastmaster spoon through the ice whether I am fishing panfish or chasing walleye as I feel we can get a clear picture of how the fish are going to respond to this quick presentation. It may be negative, where the fish shy away and down size; or I may get a strong positive response, meaning the fish are ready to feed.
Whats one piece of advise I would give any angler to put more fish topside? As easy as it sounds, I would recommend being confident in the bait you are presenting, if you have confidence then you will present that bait more efficiently and effectively.
"The Kastmaster is my number one choice for ice fishing for a variety of species. They come in a variety of sizes so I can go small for crappie or go large for walleye and other game fish. They catch everything!"
Outdoor Bound TV is a Regional hunting and fishing show that airs on Midwestern ABC Stations and features hunters and fisherman from across the Midwest as they pursue their passion for the outdoors across the country and around the world.
"It’s no secret that Kastmasters and Cleos catch giant walleye all over the great lakes, but they work great on open water too for fish not just found on the big pond. They can be deadly for crappie, bass, and others in open water when fishing in deeper water."
Matt Bichanich is the National Sales Manager for Hard & Soft Fishing and also appears regularly on TV shows as the expert fishing guide. Matt has been a Bass Tournament angler for many years.
"Pike fishing is in our name and we chase them all ice season long. When it comes to tip-ups, we’ve tried them all. No matter the conditions, nothing has held up better than our Beaver Dam tip-ups… In fact I still have some my great-grandfather used! Now that’s quality you don’t get in other products."
Along with being a Pro Staff member of Hard & Soft Fishing, Captain Adam Walton is the owner of Pike Pole Fishing Guide Service. Specializing in multi-species angling, he takes clients after a variety of fish and also participates in various walleye tournaments. Adam has participated in a few walleye tournaments circuits in the past and currently fishes the AIM Wisconsin Walleye Series. For more information on Pike Pole Fishing Guide Service, check them out on Facebook or on-line at www.pikepolefishing.com.
"I'm on the water 300+ days a year, guiding open water and ice fishing. The Acme product line is the most diverse line of lures that I've ever used. From catching crappies in 5' of water on the Hyper-Glide to jigging up Lake Trout in 200'+ of water on the Kastmaster! No matter the species and situation these lures will get the job done!"
Josh Teigen is a USCG Captain and a full time fishing guide in NW Wisconsin. He guides on Lakes and Rivers all over Northern Wisconsin including Chequamegon Bay, The St. Louis River, and the south shore of Lake Superior targeting all species that swim including Musky, Bass, Pike, Walleye, Trout, Salmon, Panfish, etc.
Ron grew up in Wisconsin, where his passion for fishing and the outdoors started when he was very young. His family had a cabin on a lake in the Northern part of the state where Ron would spend countless hours on the water learning and developing his fishing knowledge and skills.
In 2005 after relocating to Arizona Ron was finally in a position to take his fishing ability to the next level and joined The Arizona Bass Federation.
Ron earned “Rookie of the Year” in his first season, and a trip to compete in the TBF Western Divisional Championships. Over the next 3 consecutive years Ron continued to Win Tournaments, and represented Arizona in both the TBF & Bassmaster Western Divisional Championships.
Ron competed on the FLW Outdoors National Guard Tour where he finished 33rd in total points for his Rookie Season and qualified for the 2009 National Championship at Lake Pickwick in Florence Alabama.
Back on the road with an aggressive tournament schedule, coupled with national appearances and seminars, Ron is sure to continue to have a positive impact on the sport of fishing for years to come.
"Reaching 20,000 caught an released smallmouth bass over the past two decades would not have happened nearly as quickly had I not begun using the Kalin's Lunker Grubs 10 years ago. Wisconsin"
Bill Schultz lives in New Berlin, WI. However, he spends a good deal of time in his adopted home town of Sturgeon Bay, WI chasing big water smallmouth bass in this nationally recognized Mecca of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Since catching his first smallie in 1994, he has caught and released almost 19,000. Bill is a sought after speaker at sports shows and fishing events in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, most multiple times. His sellout talks the past six years at mega-show, Canoecopia in Madison, WI, have turned hundreds onto the tremendous opportunities and excitement of kayak fishing for smallmouth bass on lakes and rivers throughout Wisconsin. Bill is also a contributing writer for a number of top web sites and magazines, He has written articles for, or been featured in, On Wisconsin Outdoors, Kayak Angler Magazine, Outdoor Life and Bassmasters Magazine. A two-part segment on Outdoor Wisconsin on kayak fishing was aired a number of times over the past few years throughout Wisconsin.