Orca Pro Staffer Bill Dance
Professional Bass Fishing’s First Superstar!
Family Members: (Wife) Dianne; (Children) Bill, Jr., Paul, Patrick and Pamela
Tournament Information: 23 National Bass Titles; Bassmaster Classic Qualifier 8 out of 9 years and finished 2nd in 1973. Three time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year – 1970, 1974 & 1977. Of 78 total B.A.S.S. entries, finished 64 times in the money. 7 wins, 8 times runner up, 6 third place, 40 top ten finishes (51% of tournaments entered) and 51 top 20 finishes (65%). In first 11 tournaments, was only out of the top 7 once. Won 7 of the first 17 events entered (41%).
• Retired from competition in 1980 at the age of 39.
• Credited with catching the first bass in B.A.S.S. history.
• Credited with popularizing the “Carolina Rig”.
Other Awards: 1978 Congressional National Water Safety Award (Past Recipients: Lloyd Bridges and Jacques Cousteau); US Army Corps of Engineers Commander’s Achievement Award for Water Safety, 1999. Inductee: National Freshwater Hall of Fame, 1986, Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, 2001, and International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame, 2006. National Water Safety Spokesman for the US Coast Guard, 2005. Male Professional Athlete of the Year, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, 2006. President’s Award, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA).
Favorite Lake: Pickwick Lake, TN – Biggest Fish: (Bass) 14 lbs. 1 oz
Books: Bill has written seven books; Practical Black Bass Fishing; There He Is (The Art of Plastic Worm Fishing); Techniques on Bass Fishing; and Bass N’ Objects, Bill Dance on Crappie, Bill Dance on Largemouth Bass and most recently, IGFA’s 101 Freshwater Fishing Tips & Tricks. His articles have been published in most major outdoor magazines including Sports Afield, Field & Stream, Bassmasters, Outdoor Life, etc.
Newspapers: Over many years, Bill’s accomplishments, techniques and uncommon fishing savvy have been regularly publicized by the outdoor editors of most metropolitan daily newspapers across North America. It still happens today and Bill is a monthly columnist for Mid-South Hunting and Fishing News.
Television Career: “Bill Dance Outdoors” has aired since 1968 with over 2000 shows in its history. Bill has produced over 36 educational videos and 12 audio educational tapes on a variety of subjects. His 4 hilarious out-take shows or “Bloopers” have been aired all over the world. Bill Dance Outdoors and Bill Dance Saltwater air on NBC Sports Network as follows: Bill Dance Outdoors Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Sunday at 12:30 p.m., Monday at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. and Friday at 11:00 a.m. Bill Dance Saltwater Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. All times are Eastern.
List of Current Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Boats, Nitro Boats, Mako Boats, Mahindra Tractor USA, Hi-SEAS Fishing Line, Mercury Marine, Motorguide Trolling Motors, American Fishing Wire, Mystik Lubricants, Pradco Lures, Heddon, Bomber, Excalibur, Yum, Arbogast, Rebel, Cordell, Zebco/Quantum Corporation, Gamakatsu Hooks, Lowrance Electronics, Tennessee Tourism, Rugged Shark Shoes, Stylemark Sunglasses, JL Marine/Power Pole, OceanLED USA, Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Plaquemines Parish Tourism, Kloak and Frost Cutlery.
Promotional Work: Sea World, Rancho Shocks, Cypress Gardens, Champion Spark Plugs, “Catch a Dream”, Sara Lee, Kroger Food Chains, Tyson Foods, Evan Williams Distillery, Anheuser-Busch, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Arthritis foundation, “Make a Wish”, Dreams Come True, Du Pont (Agri Division), Banquet Foods, Underwood Meats, Bryan Foods, Keebler Company, Children’s Museum, Ducks Unlimited, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, U.S. Forest Services, Tennessee Department of Tourism, the US Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Napa Auto Parts, Auto Zone, Florida Game & Fish, Arizona Game & Fish, Mississippi Game & Fish, Louisiana Game & Fish, Alabama Game & Fish, Arkansas Game & Fish and Texas Parks & Wildlife.
Bassmaster ELITE Angler Ott DeFoe.
2014 – B.A.S.S. Northern Open Champion
2013 – 13th Place in Angler of the Year
2012 – B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Runner-up
2011 – Bassmaster All-Star Champion
2011 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year
– 16 career top-10 B.A.S.S. finishes
– 42 top-50 B.A.S.S. finishes
– 3rd place finish 2013 St. Lawrence River
3-Time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier
Career Tour Winnings – $1,067,744
2014 Major League Fishing Competitor
Ott Defoe Fishing
Like Ott on Facebook
Follow Ott on Twitter
ORCA Pro Staffer Paul Elias
Paul Elias is one of the most respected pro bass anglers in Bassmaster history. He has been inducted into both the Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame and the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame. After 32 years as a pro, Elias is still a threat to win any tournament he fishes in. In 2008 he set the B.A.S.S all-time heavy weight tournament record of 132lbs 8oz. He has won two FLW tournaments and six B.A.S.S. tournaments and was the B.A.S.S. Master Classic Champion in 1982. With over 1.5 million in cash and prize winnings, Elias was voted one of the top 35 all-time greatest anglers by Outdoor Writers Association of America.
ORCA Pro Staffer David Hale
David Hale is one half of the team that changed the hunting industry with innovative products as well as one of the first outdoor hunting programs. In addition to being a world class woodsman, Hale is credited with being the business mind behind one of the most successful brands in the outdoor industry. Knight & Hale’s Ultimate Hunting television program has been one of the most popular hunting programs since its inception as Woods and Wetlands in 1986. David remains active as a hunter and host for Knight & Hale’s Ultimate Hunting and Knight & Hale’s successful series of Ultimate Spring and Ultimate Whitetail videos.
Harold Knight is one of the most well known hunters in the industry. Harold is one half of the Knight & Hale team that redefined the hunting industry with innovative products such as the original Tube Goose Call and the patented inhale-exhale operation of the EZ Grunter Plus grunt call, which allows hunters to create the hyperventilating tending grunt. Harold won many national calling contests during his time on the circuit, including the World Goose Calling Championship. Even though he’s retired from the circuit, he remains active as a judge. A lifetime member of the National Wild Turkey Federation; Harold enjoys hunting turkeys in his home state of Kentucky. When not hunting in Kentucky Harold can be found taking trophy bull elk in Montana. Harold’s Knight & Hale’s Ultimate Hunting television program has been one of the most popular hunting programs since its inception as Woods and Wetlands in 1986. Harold remains one of the most admired TV hunters and hosts. Knight & Hale’s Ultimate Hunting continues to be one of America’s top Nielsen rated hunting shows airing 52 weeks annually. The reason for this show’s success is the reason any television series stays on the air for this long, authentic celebrities entertaining viewers and teaching the special techniques that make a difference in the field.
Dustin Lynch occupies a unique place in today’s country music. Thanks to his classic sensibilities, he’s been heralded as the heir to George Strait’s throne. Yet with one listen to his two-week #1 smash, “Where It’s At,” it’s obvious the young Tennessean knows how to combine his traditional influences with an edgy intensity that places him at the vanguard of today’s contemporary country scene.
It’s that ability to fuse his country roots with a progressive musical vision that makes Lynch one of today’s most successful young artists. His self-titled Broken Bow Records debut hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and the lead single, “Cowboys and Angels,” exceeded platinum sales status while earning Lynch a legion of devoted fans. His follow up single, the sexy up tempo “She Cranks My Tractor,” became a No. 1 video on GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown and the accolades continued to pour in, among them Rolling Stone heralding Lynch as “The New Hat in Town” in the magazine’s 2013 Best of Rock issue. Lynch’s career momentum continued as he opened for Keith Urban on his recent Light the Fuse Tour and earned critical praise from American Songwriter, Billboard, Country Weekly, Elle, The Los Angeles Times, People and USA Today, to name a few. Lynch’s sophomore album, WHERE IT’S AT, debuted as the #1-selling Digital Country album in the U.S. and earned over 500,000 first-week streams on Spotify.
Dustin is an avid outdoorsman and loves to hunt and fish whenever his schedule permits.
Steve McCadams is arguably the best crappie fisherman in the world. With over 30 years under his belt as a professional waterfowl guide, he has established himself as en expert in that field.
Steve has been featured in Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Wildfowl, Ducks Unlimited and a host of other state and regional publications.
Steve has hosted and appeared on several national television shows such as Bill Dance Outdoors, Fishing with Roland Martin, In-Pursuit, In-Fisherman Network, Billy Westmoreland, Orlando Wilson, ESPN Outdoors, and more.
Steve is a Ducks Unlimited Sponsor, Honorary Trustee, and has served as a Chapter Chairman and committee member for over 20 years. He is a member of Waterfowl USA, Jack Miner Society, South Carolina Waterfowl Association and Delta Waterfowl. As a member of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, he has served on its Board of Directors.
He is a member of The Outdoor Writers of America (OWAA) and is past president of both the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) and the Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association (TOWA). His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and books and he is Outdoor Editor of the Paris-Post Intelligencer newspaper in Paris,Tennessee.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and shares a home with his wife Linda and their Labrador Retriever Molly. Between seasons Steve guides clients for bass and crappie fishing on Tennessee’s Kentucky Lake. Steve is a National Crappie Champion having won the Crappiethon Classic over the nation’s top tournament anglers in 1996.
In August of 2007 Steve was inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame.
Laramy “Sasquatch” Miller was born and raised in the mountains of Southern Colorado. At 6’ 7” and 270 pounds, Laramy is worthy of the nickname “Sasquatch.” At the age of five, his father bought him a .22 caliber rifle and a brick of shells and told him that for every prairie dog tail he brought back he would receive a nickel. Needless to say, that afternoon the prairie dog population hit a new low and that’s where his story begins.
Laramy was heavily influenced as a youngster by his two uncles, Dirk and Colt Ross, who were hunting outfitters and mountain men. They taught him how to be a modern-day mountain man and engrained in him the survival and hunting skills necessary for the Rocky Mountains. They were among the first to have their own production company and to distribute hunting videos across the country, fulfilling their lifelong dream. In 1995 Dirk and Colt were killed in a plane crash while scouting for elk in Colorado. Their dream of providing the world with exciting and educational hunting shows continues to live on through Laramy.
Laramy started his professional career guiding in the mountains of Colorado. He expanded across the country enhancing his hunting knowledge and skills. His dream became a reality when he was given the opportunity to follow in his uncles’ footsteps and share his knowledge and passion for hunting with the world. You can follow Laramy in his pursuits as he hosts “Sasquatch Mountain Man” on the Outdoor Channel.
I am from a small town in Northwest Tennessee. I have a genuine love for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. At the early age of ten, I became interested in duck calling and have been contest calling since age twelve. I have won in excess of twenty contests and have placed in that many more. I also work with the duck hunting industry every single day in my position at Final Flight. I am also a Tennessee duck hunting guide during duck hunting season, and also host guided turkey hunts.
My annual duck and goose hunting trip to Saskatchewan has provided me with valuable experiences and numerous opportunities. It has also served to give me great experiences to share on duck hunts while working as a Tennessee duck hunting guide. Working for the call section of Final Flight Outfitters at hunting shows has helped to develop my love for the outdoor industry. I have had so much fun meeting new people, going to shows, and selling just the right calls to many customers who have now become friends.
I am very thankful to be a Tennessee duck hunting guide. I am also very grateful to be associated with the highly respected Final Flight, Decoy Outdoors, and Mossy Oak Outdoors. In December 2010 I graduated with a Business/Marketing degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. I will continue to chase my life long dream of being a world champion, possibly champ of champ duck caller, participating in hunting videos, guiding on a regular basis, and working in the outdoor industry I love so much. Hunting is my passion and I plan to spend my life involved as closely as possible with those who share it.
Jim Miller, Host of TEX-MEX OUTDOORS TV SHOW first picked up a Bow and Arrow in 1961 at the age of 13. Jim has been
tipping over critters both great and small ever since. Smitten by the Bow Hunting bug long ago, long before Bow Hunting became popular. Jim
has been involved in the Bow Hunting World in One capacity or another for 50 years.
Long about 1976 having perfected his bow shooting kills, Jim started winning Archer Tournaments. His achievements got the attention of
PRECISION SHOOTING EQUIPMENT and asked Jim to join the PSE Bow Hunting Advisory Staff…..Quite an honor for a Sharecropper’s son
from the Bootheel of Missouri! Over the next five (5) years Jim collected dozens of record book Whitetail Deer, Antelope, Bear, and Mule Deer
along with a number of “Nice Animals”
In 1981 PSE hired Jim to Rep their line of products across a number of Upper Midwest states. Jim was in the thick of the Rep Business for
the next 17 years, eventually forming his own Rep Group (RAM MARKETING) and taking on a number of Top Quality Hunting Lines. During
this time Jim became only the Third man ever in 1988, to take the Grand Slam of Wild Turkeys with a Bow, Osceola, Eastern, Rio Grande, and Merriam’s.
In 1989 he entered the Video Business Plus managing his own Rep Business.
In 1998, Jim took the inevitable Big Step and traveled to Africa for the first time with his ubiquitous Bow, taking a 40 Plus inch Sable, a Superb 57 inch Kudu,
14 inch Bushbuck, Zebra, Impala, Duiker, Steenbok and warthog. In 1998 Jim took 29 Big Game Animals with only 30 arrows, which has got to be
some kind of a Record in itself? 1999, was another Banner year in “Killer” Millers Biography, being selected as a Panel Member for Voting Membership
of the Archery Hall of Fame. Then going on to take the first ever Modern day Afghan Urial Sheep with a Bow, setting the New SCI World Record.
A whirl at Magazine publishing, another successful trip to Africa for more Critters, a Mexico Gould’s Turkey with a Bow. A huge Mexican Nilgai (Aren’t they hard to even get with a Rifle?) An SCI number 2 Axis Buck, a Huge Aoudad top Five (5) in SCI with a Bow SCI record book Red Deer, Plus countless Whitetail Deer, Antelope, Bear, Mule Deer, Turkey, Elk, Javelin, Wild Hogs, Mountain Lion, Coyotes, Bobcat, Fox, Later…. And we arrive at today.
Jim “Killer’ Miller is a man of experience. He’s taken over 300 animals with a Bow! A feat few Bow Hunters ever equal.
Jim Miller today is the Host and Producer of (TEX-MEX OUTDOORS) TV PROGRAM which will start airing again in 2016 on the Pursuit Channel.
Jim Miller, writes for the following magazines.
(1) A SHOT OF TEXAS: “BOWHUNTER EDITOR” magazine for the Oil & Gas Industry
(2) SAFARI CLUB INT.
(3) HOUSTON SAFAR CLUB
(4) TEXAS SPORTING JOURNAL
(1) BOWHUNTING.NET: MONTHLY COLUMN (SEE LINK: www.bowhunting.net/author/jim-miller )
(2) BOWHUNTING ADVENTURES.NET: QUARTERLY COLUMN “TEXAS EDITOR” (SEE LINK: www.bowhuntingadventures.net/author/jim-miller )
(3) DALLAS SAFARI CLUB/ INTER NET MAGAZINE: (SEE LINK: www.gametrails.org )
(4) OUTDOORHUB.COM: Daily inter-net news release (SEE LINK: www.outdoorhub.com/author/jim-miller)
NOTE: All of my articles are forwarded on to my Sponsors so that they may post the articles for their customers and Web Site visitors enjoyment and educational value.
(1) New Breed Archery: Bows / (2)Axion Archery: Accessories / (3) Grim Reaper: Broadheads / (4) GameHide: Camo Clothings / (5) Hips Targets: archery targets / (6) Knives of Alaska: / (7) Lakewood Products: gun, bow and accessory cases / (8) Nose Jammer: cover & masking scents / (9) Russell Mocassins: High Quality Hunting Boots / (10) Spypoint Cameras: Scouting Cameras / (11) Victory Arrows: Hunting & Target Arrows
Jim Miller, guides on one of the premier Ranches in the United States, RECORD BUCK RANCH IN UTOPIA, TEXAS. This 20,000 acre Ranch has 54 different Exotics, along with some of the best Whitetail Deer hunting you will ever experience and the Turkey hunting is beyond compare.
BUENA CACERIA / GOOD HUNTING:
Fishing has and always will be my passion. Over the years Mike has learned that this business is far more complex than just doing well in tournaments or having a memorable day on the water with a client. I feel that my role is trulygreater than the “fishing” such as educating new and seasoned anglers with my sponsors products and accessories.Over the years I have accumulated numerous experiences that direct my marketing skills to keep my sponsors andtheir products in the eyes of current and future boaters and anglers.Social media has become the avenue to where the consumer searches for information on just about anything and I am very active and aggressive with videos and reports on social media outlets. The following also is a list of my accomplishments as well as my active participation within the industry and with boaters and anglers across the nation.*Charter/Guide business for over 30 plus years*First full time guide in Venice Louisiana*First to have lodge/lodging for anglers in Venice LouisianaAppear annually as guest hosts on television shows with: *Bill Dance *Roland MartinAppeared in several major newspapers:*New Orleans Times Picayune *Houston Chronicle *Dallas Times *Jacksonville Post *Chicago Tribune *Punta Gorda Times *Denver PostPersonal Appearances and Records:*Atlanta *Biloxi *Chicago *Denver *Miami, FL*Nashville *New Orleans and other prominent locations *Clients have scored *28 LA state records *4 World RecordsHave made several appearances in major publications such as: *Saltwater Sportsman Magazine *Louisiana Sportsman * Outdoor LifeJournalistically contributed to: *Big Game Journal *Marsh and Bayou *Owner-The “Redfish Lodge of Louisiana” in Venice, Louisiana*Louisiana Sportsman *World Wide Angler*Entertain sportswriters and television hosts annually*Saltwater Sportsman *Rod N Reel *”Top 50 Captains of the World” award Saltwater SportsmanAppearances at national sportsman’s shows to conduct seminars:*Denver Sportsman’s Show *Nashville Boat and Sportsman’s Show*Houston Boat and Sportsman’s Show *Biloxi Outdoor Show*New Orleans Sportsman’s Show *New Orleans Boat Show*ASA Chicago Sportsman’s Show
ORCA Pro Staffer Captain Jon Earhart
Located in Stuart, Jensen Beach, and the Beautiful Florida Keys, check out Capt. Jon with Chaos Fishing Charters. Capt. Jon has a yellow Chaos 16 equipped with a jack plate and power pole. You are sure to have a fun and exciting adventure fishing for Snook, Trout, Tarpon, Redfish, Flounder, Snapper, Pompano and much more…from day adventures to overnight fun.
Contact Capt. Jon at (772) 341-2274 or drop him a line at email@example.com. Keep updated with his fishing stories and pictures on his Chaos Inshore Fishing Charter Facebook page. Also, visit his website at www.chaosfishingcharters.com.
CONTACT CAPTAIN JON
Chaos Inshore Fishing Charters
ORCA Pro Staffer Captain Noah Lynk
My name is Noah Michael Lynk. I am the Owner/Operator of Noah’s Ark Fishing Charters, based out of Harkers Island, NC. My specialty is light tackle inshore fishing for trout, redfish, flounder, ladyfish, mackeral, and all other inshore species. My love of fishing began at a young age on the shores of Molokai, Hawaii, where I lived until my early teens. Once my family moved to North Carolina, I found that the waters here provided the same type of joy and recreation as I had come to love as a young boy. After a short career in the Coast Guard, I started my charter business, and professional fishing career. During this time, I have found that taking others fishing is also rewarding. I fish in local tournaments for Cobia, Redfish and Spanish Mackeral. I also hold regular seminars at local tackle shops and marinas, and participate in several boat shows throughout the year in NC and Virginia, including the NC Boatshows. I am published regularly in the NC Sportsman Magazine and other local print publications. Anyone interested can follow me on my website where I publish regular fishing reports, and on Facebook.
ORCA Pro Staffer Captain Jeremy Miles
My name is Jeremy Miles and I’m from Destin, FL. I currently live in West Palm Beach where my boat is based. I run a 64′ Holton sportfishing boat. We fish locally in Palm Beach for the winter sailfish season with frequent trips to the Bahamas in-between. During the summer, we travel to the Gulf of Mexico from Destin. We fish a few tournaments every year, normally in The Gulf.
I’ve been on and around boats my whole life. I have my 200 ton master’s captain’s license and I’ve been a boat captain since I was 21. I started out working on a commercial purse seine boat as a teen-ager and then worked in The Gulf of Mexico on the oil field rigs working on supply boats.
I started running sportfishing boats about eight years ago and have been fortunate to have had bosses who like to fish tournaments. We have been very fortunate to win a lot of money throughout the years. I’ve fished out of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, the Bahamas and Mexico.
ORCA Pro Staffer Captain Jeff Schneider
Born 7-01-1972 raised on the Texas coast where fishing was a part of life. Growing up the son of a professional bass fisherman, I spent much of my time fishing with my father and learning all I could about fish and how to catch them. When I wasn’t fishing for big largemouth Bass growing up, I was honing my saltwater skills stalking Redfish on the flats and marshes. After a long and rewarding career in the motorcycle industry, I decided to move to Tarpon Springs, Florida to pursue my passion of fishing full time and to take my skills to a new level. I quickly attained my Coast Guard Captains License and spent every free second on the water. I had help expanding my local knowledge by working as a mate, and fishing with some of the area’s top guides. I have also gained the respect of some of Florida’s finest guides for my ability to locate and catch trophy fish, and win tournaments. My passion for fishing is infectious and my personality makes me an ideal captain for the novice and seasoned angler alike. I am a highly motavited and competitive fishing guide and tournament angler. My home waters are from Tarpon Springs to Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg. Boca Grande for Tarpon season.
ORCA Pro Staffer Captain Bob Speight
As owner of Fish On Guide Service “Capt.” Bob has more than 50 years of fishing experience. Learning how to catch fish started at 3 years old on the banks of the Tennessee River when he caught his first catfish he new he was “hooked.” From then on, he never could wait to be wetting a line even while playing professional tennis and then going into business as mfg. sales rep. He was always dreaming about catching the big one.
Entering numerous bass tournaments in the mid nineties he assembled wins on Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake with his partner and long time fishing buddy Brent Sykes (who he will be fishing the Redfish circuit in LA, FL and TX). This year fishing the PBF and Fisher of Men circuits gave him time to hone his bass fishing skills and meet many bass fishing professionals.
Now residing in L.A. (Lower Alabama) he concentrates on taking clients to the Flats for Reds, Specks and Flounder and out in the Gulf for Grouper, Jacks, and Snapper. Fishing from the Padres Islands of Texas to the 1000 Islands of Florida has been another of his passions over the past 15 years as well as snagging the “Paper Lips” at his camp in McKinnon, TN on Kentucky Lake.
Capt. Bob became a member of the ORCA Pro Staff in 2012 and in his own words says, “ORCA Coolers not only hold ice but fish under extreme heat for numerous days but are able to take pressure from extreme weight bearing loads as I experienced from guiding Bill Terry and Lanny Clark on a recent trip. I am excited about working with a company that produces all their products in the U.S.A. and cannot wait to see their new clothing line. Fish On with ORCA!”
CONTACT CAPTAIN BOB
Fish On Guide Service
ORCA Pro Staffer Kyle Agre
Kyle Agre, of Brewer-Agre Outdoors, lives in Fargo, North Dakota on the banks of the Red River of the North. Kyle has been an outdoor fanatic since he was a child growing up in West Central Minnesota. His passion for the outdoors has led him to volunteer a great deal of time with organizations such as FM Walleyes Unlimited, Inc., Angler Young Angler Fishing Tournaments and Men In Boats. Educating others to enhance their success in outdoor endeavors and introducing newcomers to the outdoors has been a passion that has paralleled his time in the field and on the water.
In addition to organizational involvement, he shares his passion through articles, radio programs, seminars, community outreach events and online media. Competing in regional fishing tournaments, volunteer guiding, and coordinating group events and outings are all part of living the outdoor lifestyle for Kyle. “Its more than putting fish in the live well or meat in the freezer. It’s about sharing the experiences with others and bringing them closer to what I love in the outdoors.”
Beyond fishing, Kyle, his son, and cousin manage and pursue trophy whitetail deer, wild turkeys, pheasants, and ducks on their family property in the Minnesota River Valley. He enjoys capturing and preserving memories of his outdoor experiences through photography and videography.
Living in the Midwest, hunting and fishing throughout the Dakotas, Minnesota and Southern Canada brings Kyle outdoors in all types of conditions. From the hot, humid summers on the water to the brutally cold winters in the tree stand and on the ice, he takes what each season provides and embraces the opportunities to experience the outdoors year round. He is thrilled to have ORCA Coolers along on each and every outing, regardless of the season!
ORCA Pro Staffer Chris Brandes
I am the Director of Marketing and Sales for The Fisherman’s Digest, a free video instruction fishing website featuring videos provided by Pro Staffers and partner guides.
The site also provide calendar reservation/booking systems for fishing guides, outfitters eco-tours etc., so we are very closely connected to the Fishing and Hunting industry.
As time away from the office permits, I guide for waterfowl and turkey
ORCA Pro Staffer Scotty Brewer
Scotty Brewer, a partner in Brewer-Agre Outdoors, lives in Western Minnesota. He has been fishing “Addict” for over 40 years. Currently focusing much of his time on walleyes, Scotty spends hundreds of hours annually promoting the sport through various outlets. Through Brewer-Agre Outdoors, Scotty writes articles, hosts radio shows, performs educational seminars, and does a lot with social media outlets.
Helping others has always been a top priority. Along with being an experienced tournament angler, Scotty is very active in numerous clubs and organizations dedicated to advancing the sport fishing industry, including his current role as president of FM Walleyes Unlimited. Through this involvement he serves as an outdoor educator, spearheads several community outreach events, and is a volunteer guide for charity events. Besides Open water fishing, Scotty is also an avid hunter, ice fisherman, and amateur photographer. He is excited to have ORCA Coolers become a part of all of his outdoor pursuits.
ORCA Pro Staffer Clay Dyer
Clay’s motto for life is, “If I can, you can.”
Clay Dyer was born on May 23, 1978, without any lower limbs, no arm on the left side and a partial arm on the right. However, these limitations did not dampen his determination and positive spirit.
Clay began fishing at age 5. A natural competitiveness became evident early. Clay never allowed his physical disabilities to be an obstacle and began competing in fishing tournaments at age 15. He became a professional angler in 1995 and fished in the “major leagues” on the FLW Tour for 4 years.
Clay spends the majority of his time sharing his life experiences through motivational and leadership presentations to various companies, charities and churches. Clay is also a volunteer athletic coach at Hamilton High School in Alabama. Clay currently fishes the Bassmaster Open Series and select charity events.
Clay’s television appearances include ESPN, Fox, CNN Headline News, Versus, the Outdoor Channel, Fox Sports South, the 700 Club and CBS. Published articles about Clay have appeared in USA Today, Newsweek, Bassmaster, FLW Outdoors Magazine and many more.
There isn’t a minute in the day where I don’t think about firing up my Rock Proof River Rocket in-board jet boat and heading down to the ankle deep waters of the Elk River. Backing down the vacant ramp or gravel shoal before sunrise reminds me of the passion I have for fishing and running that skinnywater. Whether I’m casting for largemouth or smallmouth, I know I am going to make the best of the day I can with my 28 years of fishing experience. After I get the truck parked and settled in my boat, I pause for a minute to take in the sounds of the river. I look around and see my poles and gear ready for battle and I realize that fishing is truly my journey in life. My name is Brian Irvin and I have been fishing since I could hold a rod and reel. I was born in Franklin, TN which is where my wife Holly and I reside today and we are blessed with two beautiful children. Fishing for smallmouth bass is my fire in life and I take pride in learning and being the best I can be at it. I have traveled all over to catch that one monster. My most recent expedition was to Lake Baccarac in Mexico to fish for largemouth. While there, I caught some of the largest bass I have ever had the luck to hook into. Our average fish was 8lbs making that trip truly an experience I will never forget. I also enjoy annual deep sea fishing trips in the gulf or on the Humps in the Florida Keys. When I am not fishing I’m smacking down ducks and dove or taking down whatever is in season with my closest hunting buddies. For me, as long as I am running that skinnywater and chasing that monster smallie life doesn’t get any better than that! Brian on his ORCA cooler: “Throughout my fishing career, I have never used a cooler as robust as my ORCA cooler. Hands down, the ORCA cooler keeps things icy cold for hours and hours on end; no surprises there! To my surprise is the outstanding durability with which the ORCA cooler is made. I currently have my tan color 75-quart ORCA cooler strapped to my Rock Proof Boat and it’s great to stand on for sight fishing. Being heavy-duty and built tough, I have no concerns of it cracking or falling apart while I’m on it throughout the day. The Orca coolers tie down system is second to none whether you are driving curvy back roads or driving for hours at high speeds to that secret fishing hole. The strong durability of the rubber latches is something I can count unlike the common plastic ones that break after repetitive use. I’ve been through a lot of coolers in my time and lids and latches coming off have always been an issue. Not so with my ORCA cooler. My ORCA cooler is easy to clean and keeps my fresh catch cold while I fish for the entire day.”
ORCA Pro Staffer Joe Medeiros
Originally from Maryland, Joe comes from a family of outdoorsman, some of which hunted the woods of Ohio, while others chose to billfish around the world. Joe attends the Landon School, one of the most prestigious private institutions of learning in the world. Joe grew up with fishing as an important part of his life; he has fished in Isla Mujeres, the Bahamas, all of Florida, Oregon Inlet, Texas, and Ocean City. Currently he fulfills his duties as a student, and also works endlessly with his career of fishing inshore and offshore tournaments around the globe. Joe is an angler of the Chaos Fishing Team and an angler of the Sé Bueno Fishing team. Joe is a dedicated Pro-Staff Member of the Somethin’ Fishy Custom Rods Team. He is planning on fishing the FCS Inshore Tournament Trail as well as competitive Sailfish tournaments such as the Sailfish Point Invitational this year. Joe conducts numerous seminars at various tackle stores, and is very involved in the fishing community. A few notable finishes in the offshore arena in the past few years were winning 3rd place in the Sailfish Point Invitational, winning thousands of dollars, and also coming in 1st place in the Sailfish Point One Day Sailfish Tournament, with Capitan Boogie Warren. Mostly notably in the inshore arena, fishing with Capt. Jonathan Earhart, Joe came in first place in the Frances Langford Memorial Tournament. Being a serious angler has placed him in the position to interact with numerous types of anglers and captains in which he knows very well. Joe is also very involved in several “social networks” (i.e. Facebook, Twitter etc.), which allows him to interact with anglers throughout the U.S; Joe is a die-hard fisherman, devoted student, and outdoorsman, and ORCA Coolers has been a huge part of his journey!
ORCA Pro Staffer Todd Spann
Todd started in construction as a boy, taking construction trade courses in high school. When Spann Builders was started, Todd was responsible for running a framing crew and framing homes for many other contractors. He has the unique ability to see things as they can be built.
Todd works well with people and enjoys helping his customers to understand the building process. He strives to help customers have a great building experience. He is a family man and in his free time enjoys fishing for bass and spending time with his family. He was born in Dickson, Tennessee, and has lived in Dickson County his entire life.
ORCA Pro Staffer Gals at Full Draw
Gals at Full Draw consist of Helen Butt and Stephanie Gallegos from New Mexico.
Coming together by the crossing of many paths, Helen and Stephanie set out with a mission to encourage women of all ages to to get outside, and challenge themselves to hunt western big game.
Gals at Full Draw share their time in mentoring the youth, and are actively involved in organizations such as NWTF, 3D archery tournaments, outdoor benefits, and women events.
“More women and young girls are wanting to get into the sport of archery and hunting and if we can be the icon, that role model, that inspiration to get them going in the right direction….we’ve acheived our goal!”
“Dream it…Believe it…Acheive it” is their creed, which they live everyday.
ORCA Pro Staffer Bruce Fox
Bruce is a lawyer from Knoxville, TN. He has practiced law for almost 40 years. He and his lovely wife, Mary Jane, have six children and seven grandchildren.
Bruce is an avid hunter, fisherman, dog trainer and outdoor enthusiast. He has harvested multiple whitetails scoring over 130” and took a 16 point East Tennessee buck that was scored by a panel at Bass Pro Shop at over 183”. He regularly hunts elk in the western states and was lucky enough to take a nice 6 x 6 bull in Kentucky 3 years ago. He and his hunting buddies have been leasing ranches in Mexico for the past ten years and take exceptional deer every year along with a variety of varmits including Javelina and a mountain lion that Bruce took two years ago. He enjoys turkey hunting in the spring and ducks in the winter with his two dogs. He trains and runs his labs Ty and Woodrow in AKC Field Trials and Hunt Tests.
Bruce is also active in Wildlife Conservation and serves on the Board of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation. TWF is involved in preserving the great outdoors and manages Hunters for the Hungry, TN Scholastic Clay Target Program, TN Migration Fund, TWF Youth Hunting and Fishing and is actively involved in forming public policy to protect our resources and our right to enjoy Tennessee’s great outdoors.
Brenda Valentine, First Lady of Hunting ® is often credited with starting the women’s hunting movement and directly responsible for recruiting more women into hunting than anyone in modern history. Brenda Valentine grew up in a family where wild game was the primary table fare and good hunting/shooting skills were learned at an early age. The lessons of woodsmanship, animal behavior, and handling a firearm that once provided meat for the table were also building a firm foundation for Brenda to become a respected leader and a role model in today’s world of hunting and conservation.
A few highlights of her long list of accomplishments and involvements are ; National Champion Archer, National Wild Turkey Federation National Spokesperson, Bass Pro Shops/Redhead National Pro-Hunting Team member, Co-Host of Bass Pro’s King of Bucks TV, first female inductee in the Outdoor Legends Hall of Fame, only inductee in the Henry Co. Sports Hall of Fame for a shooting sport. Brenda has served on the BOD of Pope and Young Conservation and National Bowhunter Education Foundation. She is presently an honorary member of the NWTF Foundation board. She has been a Hunter Education Instructor for many years. In 2012 Brenda was inducted to the TN Turkey Hunters Hall of Fame and she was selected by Department of Defense & Armed Forces Entertainment to represent the hunting industry in the Outdoor Legends II tour to Afghanistan, Germany and SE Asia 2012.
Valentine’s articles have been published in almost every major outdoor publication, in addition to a book she has written about her hunting experiences. Brenda has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and is the only person ever to have a hunting photo appear there. She has hosted and helped produce numerous award winning TV programs. Her hunting adventures have taken her from the top of Alaska to the tip of Africa. She is the only woman on record to successful take a Cape Buffalo bull with 1 arrow. Brenda continues to travel the world spreading the message about ethical hunting, gun rights, and conservation but her heart will always be close to her roots back home in Henry County,TN with her family and farm.
Jana Waller has been a hunter and angler for over 30 years, hunting all across the U.S., Africa, Canada and Alaska. Earning a Bachelors degree in Public Relations and Marketing, Jana has blended her passion for hunting and conservation with her communications background, actively promoting women in the outdoors and undeniable relationship between hunters and conservation.
Jana has appeared on national television shows such as Invasion Of on Animal Planet, Outfitter Boot Camp on Outdoor Channel, and Ammo & Attitude on NBC Sports . She is the host and co-producer of her own hunting adventure show called Skull Bound TV on The Sportsman Channel, currently filming for its fourth season. A bonified skull artist, Jana has been painting and beading European skulls for over a decade, custom designing skull art for hunters across the country which is featured on Skull Bound TV.
Passionate conservationist, Jana is a lifetime member of the Safari Club International and the National Wild Turkey Federation as well as an annual member of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, U.S Sportsman Alliance, Sportsman For Fish & Wildlife, and the National Rifle Association. She donates many of her skull creations to her conservation chapters to raise money to protect and preserve our herds, habitat and hunting heritage.
Currently residing under Montana’s Big Sky, Jana is also a free lance outdoor writer. Her articles have appeared in Bowhunter, Predator Xtreme, Rack Magazine, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Mule Deer Foundation Magazine, Turkey Country, Texas Bowhunters Journal, Buckmasters and CNN.com as well as Women’s Outdoor News.com, Bowhunting.net and Womenhunters.com websites. When Jana isn’t hunting or creating skull designs, you can find her wading the rivers of Montana with her fly rod.
If there were a hunting university, Jim Zumbo would be the Dean. For more than forty years, Jim’s articles on hunting—specifically big game hunting—have been celebrated by readers and other notable hunters across the world. Recognized as one of the leading hunting authorities, Jim serves as a board member for several conservation organizations and has been cited by United States Senators.
Long before he became a living legend among the hunting community, Jim was a young man working in upstate New York as a forester and wildlife biologist. Having degrees in both disciplines, Jim worked for fifteen years to stabilize wildlife populations and preserve their natural habitat.
Jim began his writing career after publishing an article in a 1962 issue of Outdoor Life magazine. Over the course of the next 16 years, Jim saw his work published in thousands of magazines and his influence as a hunting authority began to grow. In 1978, he became a full-time editor at Outdoor Life, first as a Western Editor, then Editor-at-Large, and then Hunting Editor. While he has written about hunting all sorts of game, he is widely regarded as the foremost authority on big game hunting.
After a celebrated career as an outdoor writer, Jim Zumbo teamed-up with Outdoor Channel several years ago to create the program Jim Zumbo Outdoors, which takes an in-depth look at the world of hunting and uses Jim’s journalistic prowess to unearth the unique details of each hunt and to share his vast knowledge with his audience.
In 2008, due to his past work with wounded service members, Zumbo was appointed by the Paralyzed Veterans of America to be the National Spokesman for its Outdoor Recreation Heritage Fund. In 2009, his ongoing program of introducing injured or paralyzed vets to no-cost hunting trips was also highlighted on Outdoor Channel with the Jim Zumbo Outdoors: Wounded Warriors series.
In addition to his writing and television careers, Zumbo is an avid chef and a green thumb. He is an active member of a number of organizations, including the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (in which he’s served on the Board of Directors), National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and the National Rifle Association.
From humble beginnings in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains lies the small town of Greenback, Tennessee. A place frozen in time, with character and values of the past. Where family, church, community, and people still matter and traditions passed down for generations like hunting and fishing, are still the main topic of conversation at the local drug store. Hunting is a way of life here and a right and privilege enjoyed by most that live here.
In 2008 a group of Greenbacks finest, who had taken tactics learned in the hills of East Tennessee to other parts of the country, began preserving their hunts on film. Dedication to filming soon became part of the quest, and with integration of some likeminded people in the Midwest, Greenback Tactical Hunters was born.
In 2012 Team GTH aired its first episode nationally and hasn’t looked back. Follow the team and their unique style as they show tactics used to take Big Game from east to west, capturing the true essence of their lives as outdoorsman. You can find them airing again beginning in January on Pursuit Channel and see prior episodes at www.greenbacktacticalhunters.com
Back in 2008, a group of guys formed Struttinbuck (SB). Along the way, team members were added, animal harvests were filmed using an artist eye, and a heritage of the outdoors was formulated. The local television show gained unprecedented momentum, specifically in their home state of Arkansas. Fan support is the driving force for their evolution. SB creatively captures each hunt, providing their viewers with an in-depth, “right there with you” feel. The crew takes pride in their “do-it-yourself” hunts generated from privately owned, leased or state properties.
In 2012, Struttinbuck started airing its episodes on the Pursuit Channel. Heath Graham, Brandon Hunt and Matt Cowell are trifecta effect regarding the television show’s visionary, media production and marketing outcomes. All three are avid hunters with down-home personalities. Graham’s is owner and operator of The Southface Media Group, Inc., the company responsible for producing SB, which show cases his creative gifts. Hunt is known for capturing intriguing imagery and compliments Graham on the management side. Cowell oversees the all marketing/public relations aspects and contributes an edgy style in his works. The group attributes a large portion of their success to creating partnerships with companies whom enjoy working closely to keep the outdoor industry informed, inspired, competitive and comfortable.
Final Descent Outdoors is in its 5th year, and in 2015 the show will be entering it’s 6th season as a nationally televised program. They currently air three times a week (Mondays at 9am est, Thursdays at 4pm est, and Sundays at 6pm est) during 3rd and 4th quarter on the Pursuit Channel.
Kenneth Lancaster, a native of Lake Providence, Louisiana, has an exceptional reputation in the hunting industry, with over 20 years of professional experience working with several industry leading companies and personalities. Kenneth’s background in archery and his work as a guide, videographer, and hunter have enhanced his popularity as a devoted outdoorsman.
Kenneth’s respect for the great outdoors began as a child, having a father who was a trapper and hunter, and a grandfather who was a commercial fisherman on the Mississippi River. At an early age Kenneth developed a love for archery, shot in 3D tournaments, and worked in a local archery shop.
Kenneth’s background includes nine years with Primos Hunting Calls and to this day he still has strong ties with the Primos family. Kenneth is married to Holly Elizabeth Lancaster, and has two daughters, Briley Regan (3) and Gracen Elizabeth (8). Kenneth is a simple guy whose life revolves around his faith, family, and the outdoors.
THE OUTDOOR OPTION is an outdoor television series starring Dan, Danny, and Shannon Reaser. The show is built on sharing the traditional family values and core beliefs of the American Sportsman. Airing prime time at 9:30pm EST from January thru June 2015 on the Sportsman Channel’s Big Game Wednesday. This exciting series also airs at 7:00pm EST July thru December 2015 on the Pursuit Channel’s Close Call Thursday.
Come along as a Father, Son and Daughter share their outdoor experiences across the vast expanse of North America’s natural treasures. The Outdoor Option TV show takes a lot of pride in sharing the great American Family Outdoor Traditions together – a true reflection of what the Reaser family is all about. It’s an authentic outdoor lifestyle TV show filled with lots of fun, family and a real passion to “pass it on” so the outdoor legacy continues!
I have been fishing for as long as I can remember. Starting out as a young boy on the Chesapeake Bay for Stripers and Bluefish with my father and then to Long Island for the same species as well as many inshore fish including Flounder, Weakfish, and Tautog. We later moved to Minnesota where I fished through the ice for the first time. Walleyes, Northern Pike, Musky, Perch and Bass were the quest up there. Going back to my birthplace of Pennsylvania I took up stream fishing for Rainbows, Browns, Brook, and Steelhead. I also frequented the lakes and rivers for Catfish, Carp, and Bass. I found my calling in the late ’80s when I arrived in Key West and began working as a mate on Offshore Charters. I went to the bridge after achieving my Captain’s License and discovered the “Light Tackle” center console boats where I have been ever since. The Keys has taught me more about fishing than anywhere I’ve been and the number species and population of fish here are endless. From Marlin offshore to Permit inshore and everything in between I have had the opportunity to compete in many tournaments with great success. “I have never taken anyone fishing who wanted to catch one more than me!”
Captain Glyn Austin is a central Florida native born and raised in the Melbourne/Sebastian area. As a child, I grew up in Melbourne Beach, within walking distance of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. It was here where my passion for fishing was nurtured by going offshore fishing with my father, surf fishing with my mother and fishing the Lagoon with my brothers.
I spent 21 years working in Public and Media Relations for Bombardier Rec Products, the manufacturer of Evinrude Outboards. I also worked with the tournament anglers to Promote the Evinrude brand at fishing tournaments around the country. This led to my own participation in regional and national tournaments on the SKA tour with our most recent victory being at the 2009 Key West Harbour Tournament. I have also fished local inshore tournaments with success.
As my family grew, I began focusing on sharing my passion for fishing with the next generation of anglers. I am managing and organizing a youth fishing organization in Brevard County, the Space Coast Reel Anglers. We are dedicated on education youth of fishing and conservation of our marine resources.
My passion is now my full time job. Since 2008, I’ve operated a successful fishing guide service based in the Melbourne, Palm Bay, Sebastian and Vero Beach area. It’s here where my passion for hunting big fish and my desire to educate others on the joys of fishing come together. So whether you’re a hard core angler or a novice looking to just enjoy a day on the water, I’d love the opportunity to show you the great fishing our area has to offer.
ORCA Pro Staffer Captain Chip Bailey
My name is Capt. Chip Bailey. Originally from Greenville, SC, I have lived and fished in Florida since I was 10 years old. I have lived in Destin, FL, Marathon, FL Keys, and currently reside in Apalachicola, FL. I moved to Apalachicola in 1987 after graduating from Florida State University with a biology degree. I worked as a marine/fisheries biologist for the State of Florida for almost 15 years on many projects such as tagging redfish and life history of speckled trout, snook, and mullet. In 1998, I got my captains license and started Peregrine Charters and began guiding part-time. In 2001, it became my full time job and has grown ever since. I specialize in light tackle, inshore fishing for species such as specked trout, redfish, flounder, triple tails, and spanish mackeral. I also fish offshore for red snapper and grouper when they’re in season. I have been lucky enough to make my passion for fishing and love for the aquatic environment my full time job. So lets go fishing!
Visit Captain Chip on Facebook to learn
more about Peregrine Charters.
ORCA Pro Staffer Captain Will Benson
Captain Will Benson is a native of the Florida Keys, a full time fishing guide, writer, photographer and film maker. His brand WorldANGLING has carved out a place in the cult of Saltwater fly fishing with Will and his Crew of misfits, jokers and die hards representing the next generation of outdoorsmen. As a philosophy major, Will is known to think about things, usually too much, but after years of poling around the flats thinking of things to say to his clients on slow days he has managed to interpolate his reason for dedicating his life to fishing: “It’s never easy to explain why we love fishing and being out on the water so much. The love and passion we share for the sport, and the reasons why we obsess about it, never seem to be entirely forthcoming. The subtleties of nature, the comedy of frustration, and the joy of shared success with out best friends, is something closer to a feeling than what we can express. World Angling’s mission is to attempt to capture these feelings; the moments that feed the passion. We are a crew of guides and artists dedicated to showcasing the extreme, the hilarious, the beautiful, and ultimately very real aspects of a life connected to the water with a fly line.
ORCA Pro Staffer Captain Gray Drummond
Gray is a 6th generation Floridian and grew up on the Gulf Coast at the mouth of the Suwannee River. He enjoys inshore flats fishing from redfish tournaments to fly fishing for tarpon and bonefish. When he’s not on the water he is traveling the United States bowhunting and guiding Osceola turkey hunters in his home state during the spring. He has been tournament fishing for more than 10 years and has six Top 5 finishes along with three “Team of the Year” honors. Gray has been featured in four fishing shows on The Outdoor Channel along with three hunting shows. He has been bowhunting for more than 20 years and has taken 10 Pope and Young bucks.
CONTACT CAPTAIN GRAY
Almost Famous Outfitters
ORCA Pro Staffer Babes, Bullets, & Broadheads LLC
Joined together by the same passion and a little fate, Beverly Sisk, Crissy Springer, and Amanda Chance co-founded “Babes, Bullets, & Broadheads LLC”, an exciting women’s hunting organization that promotes and educates women and children in the outdoors by providing hunting opportunities. These hunts encourage a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends and most importantly, having fun in the outdoors. They strongly believe that women and children are an important part of the future of hunting and strive to introduce more to hunting and possibly get them hooked for life!
Beverly, Crissy and Amanda are daughters, full time mothers, and wives, who currently live and raise their families in Southern Middle Tennessee. The ladies are also ProStaff for Mossy Oak, Frogg Toggs, HEVI-Shot, ORCA Coolers and Watson Airlock. On a personal note, Beverly has a Bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Technology and works full time in the MRI department at a local hospital. Crissy is a Registered Nurse in the Labor & Delivery department in the same local hospital. Amanda is a full-time stay at home mom and her three kids keep her extremely busy.
They understand that our wildlife resources are a natural food source for our families and should be taken through selective harvest. Most importantly, they thrive to teach legal and ethical harvesting of our wildlife with the understanding that no meat should go to waste. In the past 3 years, BBB has assisted in the process of donating approximately 1,500 pounds of venison to our local families in need.
The three ladies also spend countless hours toward their charities, which include Turkey’s 4 Teens, Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, Hunters for the Hungry, and Passing on the Passion. To find out more, check out their website at
ORCA Pro Staffer Cary Barlowe
Cary Barlowe, a two-time Grammy nominee who has had success in a multitude of genres. He has written numerous #1’s including “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum and Toby Mac’s “City On Our Knees” , “Made To Love” & “Get Back Up Again”. His songs have been recorded American stars of Country and Pop Music include Florida Georgia Line, Billy Currington, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Hot Chelle Rae, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch, and many more From his rock background in the Rick Rubin produced band Luna Halo, to his featured music on ABC’s Nashville….Cary Barlowe is truly a diverse songwriter.
Although Cary now calls Nashville home, he was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and raised in North Carolina. A passionate hunter and fisherman, he began fishing with his father when he was 6 years old. Hunting became a love of his later in life but it quickly became an obsession. Among his favorite states to hunt are Tennessee, Montana, Idaho and Kansas.
I consider myself to be truly blessed with my humble upbringing in the beautiful countryside of the Appalachian Mountains. Under the guidance of my Father and Grandfather, I started at an early age chasing the thunder of a gobbling Tom, the sight of a monster Whitetail and the sound of a September bull elk. Even as a young boy, I knew the outdoors is where I felt most alive and I have pursued that passion through today. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Alice Lloyd College, and when I was not hitting the books I was either in the woods or on the water! I started a guide service as soon as I graduated so I could share amazing experiences with others similar to those that I have had over my lifetime. I am now blessed to be hosting a hunting/fishing show called Jak’d Up Outdoors and running my guide service, Low Gap Outfitters! I am extremely proud to be a part of ORCA Coolers, made 100% in the USA!
ORCA Pro Staffer Brent Gandy
Brent is an avid tournament archer, bow hunter, and fisherman. He was born and raised in Florida where he began competing in state and local archery tournaments with his grandparents. Brent realized that he had a passion for the sport of archery and began competing in tournaments at the national level throughout the United States. This passion and desire for precision transferred into bow hunting and Brent was instantly hooked on the pursuit of the whitetail deer and turkey.
Brent is married to his wife Erin and they have one son named Chance. Brent looks forward to raising his son in the outdoors so that he can also learn to appreciate all of the blessings that they have to offer. Brent is involved in his local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and takes any opportunity that he can to give back to the sport that has given so much to him.
Brent also owns an outdoor product company named J&B Pro Outfitters that designs and manufactures high quality custom shooting sticks that are made in America. These shooting sticks have been sold all over the world and featured in such magazines as the NRA American Rifleman where they were used on a safari for African plains game. Website: www.jbprooutfitters.com
From the waters of Florida to the tree stand, ground blind, or tournament trail, Brent enjoys every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
ORCA Pro Staffer Bobby Pastorius
There is nothing in the world that Bobby enjoys more than hunting big, mature whitetail deer with his bow and catching billfish on the blue water. After being exposed to the outdoors by tagging along with his family on hunting and fishing trips at an early age Bobby’s passion quickly turned into an obsession. He now enjoys all types of hunting and remains consumed with his childhood interest of harvesting mature whitetails with a bow.
Fishing however expanded from catching sunfish in the family pond to a relentless pursuit of blue water fish all over the world. Bobby also knows the importance of helping the next generation get involved in the outdoors and finds sharing time with our future outdoorsmen a rewarding experience. Whether hunting with his bow or fishing in exotic ports, he now expanded his objectives to include documenting his adventures on video.
ORCA Pro Staffer Jake Sanders
Jake’s home club is the “Wild Wings Duck Club” near Holly Grove, AR, where he is currently the treasurer. He started duck hunting in west Tennessee in 1994 at a well-known club formerly named “Swamp Creek.”
Born in Nashville, TN, Jake graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2009. He takes pride in hunting and has been blessed with a variety of opportunities. From the “Fighting Bayou” in Mississippi, Green Tree reservoirs throughout Arkansas, hunting the foothills of the Ozark Mountains and up into to the Dakotas; he likes chasing ducks from the pot holes of the prairie into the delta with a twist of salt water duck hunts in-between.
Usually starting in North Dakota near the latter part in October and into the first half in November, he has a good time talking to “uneducated” ducks in the pot hole region of North Dakota or really putting a “trick” on them in Arkansas with the occasional hunt occurring in Port O’ Conner Texas for that salt water, short sleeve fun. He depends on his equipment to provide ease during my hunts. Duck hunting is a passion in his life and it fuels one of his fires.
“I take each morning’s hunt seriously and have come to the realization that duck hunting is 365 days a year; not harvesting but rather preparing.”
Labrador training plays an important role during his off-season. He depends on his dogs to get his kill, bring it to his hand, hide and trick ’em again.
“How fast can we get into a field/timber hole, hide, take a limit and get out so ducks can go back to feeling right at home eating invertebrate proteins, finding complex carbohydrates during a cracking cold or enjoying seclusion and thermal cover for the pair bond.”
ORCA Pro Staffer Jeff Truitt
Jeff Truitt was born in the spring of 1972 in Birmingham, AL where he grew up learning to fish and hunt with his grandfather and best friend in the northern Alabama woods.
Jeff was brought to Middle Tennessee in 1991 compliments of Uncle Sam where he served four years with the Air Force Special Operations Weather Teams (SOWT) supporting various Army units on Ft Campbell. It was here that Jeff fell in love all over again with the outdoors and decided to make middle Tennessee home. He primarily duck hunts on public ground in Arkansas, deer/turkey hunts wherever he can get a spot and fishes the many rivers and lakes that make Middle Tennessee such an awesome outdoors paradise. Jeff’s love for the spring time shock gobble is hard to comprehend.
In May of 2005, Jeff and longtime friend Steve Rampy launched Callingducks.com, what was to quickly become THE online source for anything and everything related to the art and science of calling waterfowl. Their team accomplished this by collecting detailed information on the topic and offering it up as organized and polished content for the end user and deciding right from the start to offer up content first and foremost. The results have been unreal to say the least. CDC, as you will hear Jeff refer to it, has quickly become the number one bird/waterfowl site on the internet.