Team USA

Brendan Bayard

From: Louisiana

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Worlds Experience: 2012

Brendan is known down in Louisiana as one of the "go-to-guys" for anything kayak fishing related. Whether it’s a simple tip on what lure to use for tomorrow’s trip out on the water, to the more complicated kayak rigging applications, Brendan is always looking to help his fellow kayak fisherman.

As a founding member and moderator of the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club, Brendan has been at the forefront of kayak fishing since it took off in Louisiana. Brendan has coordinated and fished in many tournaments for the Louisiana club, and when he is not on the water he can often be found designing tournament shirts for various kayak fishing clubs through-out the country.

Also you can catch weekly kayak fishing reports from Brendan on the "Outdoors with Don Dubuc" radio program Saturday mornings at 6:20am CST. radiotime.com

2nd - 2010 IFA Kayak Tour - National AOY, AOY - 2010 IFA Kayak Tour - Louisiana Division , 2nd - 2010 IFA Kayak Tour – Delacroix, 1st - 2010 IFA Kayak Tour – Cocodrie, AOY - 2010 BCKFC Tournament Series, 2nd - 2010 PaddlePalooza VII / SLAM, 1st - 2010 BCKFC Minimalist Challenge III, AOY - 2009 BCKFC Tournament Series, 1st - 2009 Where’Yat Throwdown, 1st - 2009 Falln’Tide IV / SLAM, 3rd - 2009 LKFA Cajun Castaway / SLAM, 1st - 2009 PAC Attack II, 1st - 2009 Trout Challenge II, 1st – 2009 PaddlePalooza VI / SLAM, 1st - 2009 Minimalist Challenge II, 4th - 2008 Falln’Tide III / Redfish, 4th - 2008 Triple Trout Challenge, 3rd - 2008 PaddlePalooza V / Spotted Redfish, 4th - 2008 Minimalist Challenge, 3rd - 2007 BCKFC Tournament Series, 2nd - 2007 Falln’Tide II / Speckled Trout, 4nd - 2007 Falln’Tide II / SLAM, 2nd - 2007 PaddlePalooza IV / Spotted Redfish, 4th - 2005 PaddlePalooza III / SLAM.

 

Justin Carter

From: Charleston, SC

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Worlds Experience: 2012

Justin Carter has been fishing all of his life and has been kayak fishing since 2005. He was introduced to the benefits of "hands free" kayak fishing several years ago thanks to the Hobie Mirage Adventure and he has been hooked ever since.

Justin can be found in Charleston’s local waters chasing everything from tailing redfish on the grass flats to trolling for kings well beyond the beaches. His favorite fishing methods are polling the flats on his Pro Angler while sight fishing for shallow water reds and targeting tarpon with live bait in the surf.

He also enjoys sharing his passion for kayak fishing with anyone interested in the sport and offers his very own guided kayak fishing business.

2011 IFA National Kayak Angler of the Year, 1st Place – IFA Kayak Tour National Championship (Chalmette, LA), 2nd Place in the redfish category – Redfishville Shootout Oct. 9th 2011, 2011 IFA Atlantic Kayak Angler Of the Year , 2nd Place – IFA Kayak Tour (Charleston, SC) June 5th 2011, 1st Place in the redfish category – Redfishville Shootout Oct. 17th 2009, 1st Place in the trout category - Redfishville Shootout Oct. 17th 2009, 3rd Place - IFA Kayak Tour (Charleston, SC) March 20th 2010, 8th Place in the flounder category – Jacksonville Kayak Fishing Classic May 8th 2010, 5th Place – IFA Kayak Tour (Surf City, NC) May 23rd 2010, 1st Place in the redfish category - IFA Kayak Tour (Surf City, NC) May 23rd 2010, 3rd Place in Angler of the Year Points (Atlantic Division) for IFA Kayak Tour 2010, 1st Place in the fly fishing/redfish category – Redfishville Shootout Oct. 9th 2010, 3rd Place – IFA Kayak Tour (Savannah, GA) March 13th 2011, 1st Place in trout category- Forgotten Coast Kayak Fishing Classic April 16th 2011

 

Jose Chavez

From: West Central Florida

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Worlds Experience: 2011, 2012

Jose has been fishing all his life and got his start offshore, fishing the barrier reef in Belize. After moving to Tampa, he started pier and wade fishing before making a transition into kayak fishing in 2006.

His passion for kayak fishing and photography has made him a frequent contributor to Kayak Angler Magazine and other publications such as Florida Sport Fishing and Costal Angler Magazine. Additionally, Jose is a contributor to various fishing and photography websites and is a forum moderator and tournament director for the Hard Core Kayak Angler's Club; the largest kayak fishing club in Tampa Bay and one of the largest in Florida with well over 400 members.

Despite having an excellent redfish, snook, trout, and tarpon fishery, Jose frequently takes road trips all over Florida; his adventures have taken him from the muddy creeks of Jacksonville to the pristine waters of the Dry Tortugas. In addition to recreational fishing, Jose also fishes many of the kayak fishing tournaments throughout the state.

Jose was the surprise packet of international contestants in the inaugural Daiwa Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships in Australia in 2011 leading after day one and putting all of the top notch Aussie Bream anglers on guard. The likeable Chavez has an extremely professional approach and attitude toward tournament fishing and while he dropped out of the places to 4th in the end, he pressed for a place right to the final weigh-in. Jose did finish 3rd teamed with Keeton Eoff (USA) in the Team World Championship title. Chavez is a big chance in the USA event.

 

John "jd" Donohue

From: Southwest Florida

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Worlds Experience: 2012

"jd" has had a love of fishing since the first time his parents allowed him to walk to the trout stream behind their house. Since hanging up his skates after a 20 year semi pro hockey career, he has been tirelessly fishing the waters of Southwest Florida for over a dozen years and possesses an intimate knowledge of SW Florida’s premier kayak fishing destinations. Although he often fished from a flats skiff, he found that the kayak was the vessel that made him one with the environment and a more complete angler.

jd now pens the "Hobie on the Water" column for the National edition of Coastal Angler Magazine, as well as, his monthly "No Motor Required" offering each month in the Southwest Florida edition. He serves as a contributing outdoor writer and photographer for Kayak Angler Magazine. He also offers weekly tips in the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Although jd has enjoyed a multitude of successes in fishing tournaments, including a win at the 2009 Calusa Blueways, the 2012 Gulf to Bay and several top three finishes in the IFA Kayak Series sponsored by Hobie, he better appreciates the more relaxed kayak experience, passing along his passion of kayak fishing to others.

jd loves to give back to the community. He has joined the board of the Gulf to Bay Classic in his home town of Venice, FL., a tournament that raises money to support the local YMCA’s Scholarship Fund. He presents informative seminars at local tackle shops and is on the teaching staff with the Feeding Frenzy Fishing Academy. It is clear that no matter what path life lays in his way, jd will never be far from the water and he will have a rod in hand. jd can be reached at Hobiefishingteam@gmail.com.

 

Keeton Eoff

From: Abilene Texas

Age: NA

Worlds Experience: 2011, 2012

As a child, Keeton Eoff murmured his first word: fishing and a life¬long saga unfolded. Every time people in the neighborhood saw Keeton, he was carrying a rod and reel around with him. Growing up in west Texas, Keeton fished anywhere and everywhere that he could. At any sign of water, Keeton would be casting a lure in hope of pulling out some kind of fish. Stock ponds and drain culverts became his hangouts, which he later referred to as honey holes. Down the line Keeton has turned those simple beginnings into opportunity. He has fished all over North America using different tactics under different circumstances. Over the past twelve years, he's worked with industry leaders specializing in sales and marketing strategies, introducing new prod¬ucts to an ever expanding customer base, all the while, broadening his angling skills every chance he gets, Keeton has gained a plethora of business and fishing knowledge. Now part of the Hobie Cat Company team, Eoff shares his experiences bringing plenty of new and creative ideas and strategies to the Hobie kayak fishing world.

When asked about working in the fishing industry and how he got there, Keeton says, My parents let me be a kid growing up... doing what I loved, and I don't plan on that changing.

Keeton competed in the 1st Daiwa Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championships in Port Macquarie Australia in where he finished in 10th place. He teamed up with Jose Chavez (USA) and together they took a creditable third place in the Team World Championship. All worlds competitors were also competing in the Australian Grand Final of the Daiwa Kayak Fishing Series and Keeton had two big days on the Hastings River and took out 4th place in that prestigious Australian event with over 60 competitors including 50 of Australia’s best kayak anglers.

 

Brad Kirn

From:

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Worlds Experience: 2012

A Florida resident for over 40 years, Brad’s Love of fishing began before he was 10 years old. He began scouring the local ponds, lakes, canals, and creeks of Broward & Dade counties in pursuit of anything that would chase a lure. Over the past 20 years his focus has been fishing the Florida Panhandle in both freshwater and saltwater.

His love of fishing and his appreciation of nature spawned his venture into kayak fishing. Whether he’s tossing a fly for Largemouth Bass, or stalking Redfish and Trout with artificials in the backwaters of Florida’s Forgotten Coast, you will find Brad on the water every chance he gets. When not on the water, you can find Brad at Forgotten Coast Kayak Anglers: http://www.fcka.net/home/ participating in demos, monthly tournaments, and spreading the word about kayak fishing! 2nd Place Trout Division, 2011 Forgotten Coast Kayak Fishing Classic, 1st - 2011 Reel Cause Fishing Tournament, Kayak Division

 

Dave Maynard

From: Denver, Colorado

Age: 44

Worlds Experience: 2012

Dave grew up in the Florida Keys where he learned to fish at about the same age he learned to walk! He hosted the Telly Award winning TV show, Fishing Across America, where he won The Outdoor Channel’s Golden Moose Award for Fan Favorite Fishing Show! Dave has fished in 37 countries on 5 continents. He is an extremely diverse angler regarding all aspects of conventional and fly fishing.

Dave’s newest endeavor, Fish the Baja, can be seen airing on the Versus Channel! Dave has been fishing with Hobie Kayaks for the past 7 years. He recently bested a 28lb yellow fin tuna on light tackle that found him 8 miles off shore after a 2-hour battle in the new Hobie Pro-Angler. Some kids never grow up

 

Rob Milam

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Worlds Experience: 2012

Thanks to his father, Rob Milam has been fishing since he could hold a rod and reel. His earliest memories include a family vacation when he was three years old during which he fished with his father off a dock in South Padre Island and caught speckled sea trout and flounder. As a youth, he fished during numerous other vacations to the Texas coast and other beaches and oceans.

Despite all the exposure to fishing, it wasn’t until ten years ago, when a friend took him to a bass club tournament that he truly fell in love with fishing. Over the next few years Rob sharpened his skills and as a result became very successful with top finishes on local and regional levels.

He never imagined fishing from a kayak until 2009. He was on yet another vacation at the Texas coast with his wife and children, but had no boat or means to fish. That was when he noticed how many people had fishing kayaks. He had followed several of them all the way from north Texas to the coast, saw even more once he got there, and they all had access to fish waters right off the road! It didn’t take long for him to “catch the fever,” and become a very enthusiastic and committed member of the kayak fishing community.

He is a regular contributor on several kayak fishing forums and shares his passion by hosting a weekly bass fishing tournament series, kayak fishing clinics, trade shows as well as demo days.

1st Place – Big Bass - March 2012 North Texas Kayak Trail - Lake Ray Roberts, Record Holder – Catch and Release – Large Mouth Bass - Lake Ray Roberts, Texas - March 2012, Record Holder - Catch and Release - Large Mouth Bass - Moss Lake, Texas - March 2012

2nd Place - Largest Stringer - June 2012 - North Texas Kayak Trail - Lake Grapevine, 1st Place - Largest Stringer - April 2012 - North Texas Kayak Trail - Lake Fork, AOY - Angler Of the Year - 2012 North Texas Kayak Trail, Record Holder - Catch and Release - Large Mouth Bass - Lake Grapevine, Texas - July 2012, 1st Place – Big Bass - August 2012 - NTKBF - Black Creek Lake, 1st Place - Largest Stringer - August 2012 - NTKBF - Black Creek Lake

 

Marty Mood

From: Pensacola, FL

Age: 29

Worlds Experience: 2012

Marty has been kayak fishing for nearly ten years and thanks to his affiliation with Hobie and his career as a Naval Aviator has had the pleasure to fish in some of the countries’ best and most diverse fisheries from the Coast of Maine to South Texas and everywhere in between. He truly relishes the opportunity to fish for new species and with new anglers wherever his travels take him. He just completed a move to Pensacola, FL and is excited to begin learning what its beautiful crystal clear waters have to offer!

 

Benton Parrott

From: Central Alabama

Age: NA

Worlds Experience: 2012

Originally from North Carolina, Benton’s childhood was spent fishing with his family up and down the Carolina coasts. A move to central Alabama in the early 80’s introduced him to fresh water fishing, where he frequented the Tallapoosa River and Lake Martin areas – fishing from a canoe.

In the mid – 90’s, Benton moved to the Mobile Bay, Al. area, where he has been since, fishing the lower delta, Mobile Bay, and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Now, as a seasoned veteran Benton finds himself fishing every kayak fishing tournament imaginable from the west coast of Florida to the bayous of Louisiana.

Morgan Promnitz

From: California

Age: NA

Worlds Experience: 2011, 2012

Catching his first fish at the age of five, Morgan Promnitz was born into a lifestyle that has revolved around fishing. The rich waters of his native South Africa provided an excellent learning stage for him to hone his skills by catching bream, grunter, kabeljou and giant sharks from the beach.

In his later years, after moving to Southern California, Morgan amassed a lifetime of experience working in and around San Diego's fishing and kayak industries. If it's fly fishing for native golden trout in the Sierra Mountains or battling giant yellow fin tuna in the Pacific, Promnitz has done it. He landed his first yellowtail from a kayak in 2000, and became a guide in 2006. He now has the privilege of watching many of his clients and friends land their first trophy fish from a kayak. After hun¬dreds of hours fishing from Hobie kayaks, Promnitz has become a huge advocate of the sport. Today he continues this passion and now works as the Fishing Product Manager at Hobie Cat Company.

Morgan competed in Australia in 2011 against the best kayak anglers from five nations in the inaugural world titles where he finished in 8th place. Taking 2 bream in rounds one and three with a combined weight of 2.12kg Morgan equaled 7th placed Matt Petrie (AUS) with weight but caught less fish. With a fish or two in his bag on day two would have seen Morgan up with the leaders. He is sure to have more of an impact on the tournament when it hits the waters of Texas for the 2nd Hobie World Fishing Championship supported by Daiwa in November 2012.

 

Michael Rischer

From: Portland, Oregon

Age: 43

Worlds Experience: 2012

Michael Rischer grew up alternating between homes in Seal Beach, California and Salt Lake City, Utah. Both locations provided ample opportunities for sport and adventure. Michael began fishing as a young boy with his father. Freshwater, saltwater and fly-fishing were topics of many a fishing lesson from Michael’s father – a lifelong fisherman and college biology professor. These lessons gave Michael a solid groundwork on which to build his own fishing experiences.

Always the outdoor adventurist, Michael did not stop at fishing. He found other ways to enjoy the outdoors he loved so much: surfing, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, mountain biking, windsurfing and kite boarding. But fishing has always been a constant.

In 2003, Michael relocated to Portland, Oregon and has been enjoying fishing the rivers, bays, lakes and ocean of the great Northwest ever since. Around that time, Michael picked up his first Hobie Outback. It was love at first pedal. It didn’t take long for kayak fishing to become his sport of choice.

Michael is a prolific kayak fishing guide and instructor, targeting King Salmon, Steelhead, Coho Salmon, Rockfish, Lingcod, Halibut, Cabezon, Dungeness Crab, Sturgeon, Bass, Walleye and Trout. He is a member of the Next Adventure Fishing Team and Paddle Center. He is also a member of Northwest Kayak Anglers (NWKA) online forum and enjoys competing in local tournaments.

Currently, Michael lives within minutes of Portland’s three major rivers. He can be found most weekends pedaling the rivers and ocean for new fishing areas and educating other outdoor enthusiasts about the many benefits of fishing from a Hobie. Current achievements: 1st Place 2010 Oregon Rockfish Classic, Depoe Bay, Oregon, 1st Place 2010 Cape Disappointment Dungie Tournament , Waikiki Beach, Washington, 1st Place 2012 Oregon Rockfish Classic, Depoe Bay, Oregon.

Michael owns and operates Kayak Fishing Oregon, a kayak fishing guide and instruction business. Check out his blog at www.KayakFishingOregon.com and his 40+ kayak fishing videos at www.YouTube.com/jmrischer.

 

Jackie Smith

From: Louisiana

Age: NA

Worlds Experience: 2011, 2012

Growing up in Southern Louisiana, Jackie Smith acquired the "fishing sickness" at a young age. Whether he was floating down the Tangipahoa River with friends for Redeye bass, or navigating through the bayous in a "bateau" scouting for redfish, fishing played a leading role in Jackie's youth. After high school, he was offered an athletic scholarship to Northwestern Louisiana, where he played football and ran track. In his spare time, he took advantage of the productive fishing waters in and around Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Upon graduating from college, Jackie was drafted by the St Louis Football Cardinals in 1962 and spent the next fifteen seasons playing tight end for the Cardinals, before finishing his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 1978. In 1994 he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

For the past decade, Jackie has been an integral part of Hobie Fishing. In fact, he was one of the initial pioneers to ever try fishing from a Hobie MirageDrive kayak. Thanks to his passion and drive to grow the sport of kayak fishing, Hobie now has an entire team dedicated to making the best fishing kayaks on the market. You'll find Jackie travelling around the USA representing Hobie at writer's conferences, tradeshows, and many other events.

In the 1st Daiwa Hobie Fishing World Championship in Australia during 2011 Jackie was mentored by Scott Lovig (AUS) for the two pre fish days before the start of competition in the tournament. Jackie did everything possible to put, what Scott was teaching him about Bream fishing into practice but the fish just would not bite for Jackie. Things didn’t improve much for him during the three competition days and in the end Jackie was happy just to sit back and enjoy the Aussie environment and the peace and tranquility kayak fishing can bring. Jackie jokingly commented that he couldn’t understand what the Aussies were saying, so he wasn’t able to pick up any tips from them. No doubt the big loveable American who endeared himself to all of the international competitors during the Aussie tournament will do much better in the USA freshwater lakes and chasing a species he is totally familiar with. We’re not sure if Jackie even saw a Bream in Australia.