Meet the Team
Hometown: Thomasville, North Carolina
Kaku Kayaks, Rock Outdoors, Power Pole, Boonedox
Breakline Polarized, Net Bait, American Bait Works, Ardent Reels
Critical Fishing, Balsax Fishing Line, Laid Back Kayak Racks
IFA Redfish Georgetown 5th Place, 2016 28th Place at Nationals Kentucky Lake
2018 45th/753 at Nationals Kentucky Lake, 2019 IFA Georgetown 6th Place, 2019 Redfish Cup 4th
Fresh Water- Yadkin and Catawba Chain
Salt Water- Brunswick County Beaches and Inland Waters
Species Aaron Fishes:
Black Bass, Striper, Red Drum, Flounder, Trout, Cobia, King Mackerel
Other outdoor interests:
Aaron is also an avid deer, coyote, hog, and duck hunter when he isn't busy pouring his own line of swim baits, AARON'S BAITS.
Andrew fell in love with the sport of kayak fishing to get off the beaten path and to get back to places his center console boat just couldn’t get. Since then he has been fully engulfed in the sport and there is no place he would rather be than sitting in a marsh in his little plastic boat. Andrew primarily fishes out of a Hobie Pro Angler 14 and fish inshore/offshore saltwater, but always gets several freshwater trips every year too. He is an avid tournament angler competing mostly in saltwater series up and down the east coast. He loves tournament angling because "it’s a way to test my knowledge and abilities not just to win but to prove to myself that when it counts I can hold my own." He was also lucky enough to be a 2-time winner of the North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association’s Angler of the Year title. In 2016 he began guiding kayak fishing trips to meet new people and share his obsession with the sport. Guiding has been a new challenging road and has sharpened his skills on the water. He has come to realize that coaching someone into catching a fish of a lifetime, passing on a skill, or sharing some great conversation is just as rewarding as being the one hooked up.
Captain Drew Mixon is a USCG Master Captain with qualifications to operate vessels from inshore sized boats, to ocean-going commercial craft. Not only an angler, Drew is a true outdoorsman and steward of our beautiful central Florida environment. Drew has attained the level of master birder and his knowledge of facts and trivia concerning Florida's wildlife will entertain you with interesting things you didn't know before you climbed aboard. Drew's fished Florida waters for over 40 years and developed techniques to put great fish in the boat. He’s always been a family man and introduced his boys to fishing and the great outdoors at an early age.
Drew has captained teams at the professional level on the redfish tours, pro kingfish tour, countless offshore tournaments and 2 different professional bass tours. With 7 IGFA records and trophy catch citations in 4 states to his credit, Drew uses the techniques he developed in his tournament angling to help anglers be more efficient on the water.
Drew is known far and wide as not taking himself, or things too seriously. If you enjoy a laugh and don’t want to be overly intense while putting giant fish in the boat, Drew will definitely make your day.
Los Angeles, California
Old Town, Dakota Lithium, IROD, Tackle Shack USA, SIMMS, BooneDOX, and Kayak Fishing
I travel throughout the Unites States fishing countless bodies of water, but my home lake is Castaic Lake.
Species Anthony Fishes:
Other outdoor interests:
Archery hunting for desert mule deer.
Fairview, Alberta, Canada
Organize a tournament with WCKF Trail
Freshwater in Alberta, BC, Saskatchewan and occasionally Ontario and the USA
Species Aaron Fishes:
Predators; Pike, Walleye, Perch, trout, LM Bass and SM Bass
Other outdoor interests:
Camping, Fishing, exploring outdoor areas with my dogs
Growing up in Southern California and now residing in San Antonio, Texas. I began fishing National Kayak tournaments in 2019 where I had 4 top 10 finishes with KBF Trail Series and captured the KBF West Angler of the Year and Rookie of the year.
My experience stretches all over the nation and beyond from Chasing Blue Marlin at the Bisbee's Tournament, Tarpon in the Florida Keys, Giant Halibut in Alaska, monster Bluefin Tuna out of San Diego, California, to Walleye's out of the Ice, and giant Muskies out of the great Lakes.
Although seasoned in Saltwater, Inshore, and other freshwater species I plant my feet chasing green fish all around the Nation and competing in the most prestigious Kayak Tournament circuits.
Hometown: Caldwell, Ohio
Idaho River Sports, Boonedox
Snake River and it’s reservoirs. All across the PNW
Species Jeremy Fishes:
Bass, Steelhead ,and Panfish
Catch Me Outside: When Jeremy is off the water he enjoys camping with the family and working with his animals
Joe Komyati lives in Raleigh, NC, and has been fishing from a very young age. He started off fly fishing with his father in the rivers of northern New Jersey for freshwater trout. Joe took up kayak fishing just 9 years ago along Florida's beautiful west coast where he targeted redfish, trout, and snook. Now Joe is a seasoned kayak tournament angler who competes in the Inshore Fishing Association (IFA), KBF Series, Hobie Bass Open Series, and is a member of the Hobie Fishing Team. Joe attended the Hobie Fishing Worlds #6 in Leeville, LA, and also qualified for the Hobie Fishing Worlds #8 in Queensland, Australia.
When not on the water you can find Joe in his shop building his custom fishing rods or working on new Bass Jig designs! His current sponsors include Hobie, Stryker Jigs, Dyeing2Fish, Boonedox, Great Outdoor Provisions, Powerpole, Dyesafe, and Hobie Polarized.
Originally from Mt. Juliet, TN, Josh has been fishing his entire life. In high school, some of his close friends introduced him to bass tournament fishing and he spent the next 25 years competing. In 2015 he moved to Florida with his family and on a whim he bought a kayak. Since then he has become engrossed in kayak fishing. "I absolutely love it!" He exclaims.
Josh mainly fishes freshwater and competes in Kayak Bass Fishing tournaments, but he also enjoys chasing redfish inshore whenever he gets a chance. When not fishing competitively he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, going to the beach, and just spending time together. He makes his living as a bridge construction inspector during the week.
Mark Patterson has been involved in kayak fishing for over 25 years, so he has seen a lot of changes in the sport. Eleven years ago he founded the NCKFA (North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association) to promote kayak fishing both by having "meet & greets" as well as on the water events. The Oak Island Classic is the largest of these events with over 175 anglers coming to the coastal town of Oak Island NC to fish in both the Ocean and Inshore Divisions.
As much as Mark enjoys educating kayak anglers on the ins and outs of the sport through seminars, he still loves to compete when he can. Mark believes kayak fishing is the best and most challenging way to pursue his passion, whether it is a small lake, a mountain river, or the ocean. He does all he can to stay in shape so he can continue doing what he loves.
Based out of Northern California, Marvin currently fishes for Headwaters Fishing Team. He is chasing two kayak bass tournament trails for 2019: the KBF West and the YAK-A-BASS Trails. His current fishing vessel is a custom 2019 Native Titan 12. He vlogs the NorCal kayaking lifestyle on his youtube channel: MOBBIN outdoors
"Moving around such a heavy load from my truck to the launch would not be possible without the BooneDOX Landing gear. You cannot live without one if you are moving your highly modified rig around in the tourney scene. BooneDOX made a simple design that has been imitated, but the quality is never duplicated!"
Mel Russell Ashe grew up in the Carolinas fishing farm ponds with his Dad, Melvin, and his grandfather, Russell. After working many years around the US he landed in Kansas City, Missouri. Missouri has so many wonderful ponds and lakes, and Mel has been on many with his friend Matt Clark and his canoe. Matt is the one that said ” You gotta see this guy fish out of a kayak” on “Knot Right Fishing”. That was 2012. In 2013 he was in a kayak fishing on Santee Cooper in the KBF Open. He was hooked - line & sinker. Mel travels all over the Midwest, South & East (still haven’t gone West, maybe in 2020) fishing KBF events and Midwest Kayak Bass Fishing Series events as well as his local club NEKKA.
When not on the water, he loves spending time with his wife, Toni, and his three amazing rescue pit bulls-Remington, Dixie, and Zima. Saturdays during football season, if he isn’t fishing, you will definitely find him on the couch watching his beloved Clemson Tigers.
Nathan lives in Thomasville, North Carolina with his wife of 27 years, has two children and three grandsons. Nathan started tournament fishing when he was around 16 years old in his dad's boat, mainly fishing local tournaments such as the Redman, Fishers of Men, and other small tournaments. Now he mainly fishes out of a kayak and is an avid tournament angler who fishes in the CKA (Carolina Kayak Angers) and KBF events.
While fishing the KBF National Championship on Kentucky Lake he finished in the top 50's out of 400 anglers. Nathan doesn't limit his fishing to only bass, he also loves to fish for other species in freshwater and saltwater.
Ryan has been kayak fishing for 5 years in the Carolinas and has fished several tournaments in both freshwater and saltwater. He started fishing with CKA (Carolina Kayak Anglers) and NCKFA (North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association) and then started fishing with QCKBF (Queen City Kayak Bass Fishing). Every group has great people in it and he enjoys the friendly atmosphere of each.
Ryan has logged a couple of top-five finishes in the CKA events and has won the SLAM division at the BooneDOX Yadkin Slam 2 years in a row. While he likes the tournament scent he really enjoys fishing charity tournaments more than anything. Ryan is also on the PinkFishing Team which is a big part of why he fishes tournaments, as it enables him to help spread the word about Breast Cancer awareness. He recently has relocated to the gulf coast of Florida in the Clearwater area.
Stacey Marin lives in L.A. (lower Alabama) near Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. He is proficient at both freshwater and inshore saltwater fishing. Stacey finds himself fishing from both powerboats and kayaks throughout the year, fishing as many as 31 tournaments in a year. While he does use powerboats occasionally, his love and passion are for kayak fishing. His fishing brings him through almost every state in the southeast in a yearly.
Asking him what his favorite method or what his favorite to fish for is akin to asking a parent who their favorite child is. Stacey has a very broad tackle box and adapts to change happily with his toolbox full of tricks.
Stacey also does a lot of presentations at boat shows, fishing clubs, and local school groups. When he isn't fishing you can find him in the woods hunting, going to the shooting range with his wife, or reloading ammo for his next trip to the range. He has a true love for the great outdoors - which you'll know as soon as you meet him.
Steve is a lifelong fisherman who started kayak fishing 5 years ago. Steve calls Tennessee home and enjoys crappie fishing as well as tournament bass fishing. Steve is a member of the Native Watercraft, Picasso Lures, HOOK1 Outfitters, Denali Rods, Line Out Custom Tackle, and PowerTeam Lures teams. He is a director of the Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers of Chattanooga (TVKA) and hosts Kayak Bass Fishing Trail events as well. He has qualified for the Tennessee State Kayak and KBF National Championship 3 times. In 2018 Steve placed 5th in the Tennessee State Championship and won the 10th Annual YakAttack Tournament. He was the 1st angler to win both the Big Bass Prize as well as the overall Bass Division. This season he will be fishing the Hobie Bass Open Series, KBF Southeast Trail, and for a spot in the Tennessee State Kayak Championship.