Wilderness Systems Expands Fishing Pro Staff 2010

Wilderness Systems announces its fishing Pro Staff for 2010, welcoming a greater number of team members than previous years.

Easley, S.C. (April 19, 2010) – Wilderness Systems announces its fishing Pro Staff for 2010, welcoming a greater number of team members than previous years. Anchored by some of the most accomplished kayak fishing pros from across the country (and Canada), the Pro Staff comes together under the Wildy banner to grow the sport of kayak fishing. As advocates, these anglers bring massive experience, recognition and expertise to any event.

Members of the Pro Staff are available to help retailers meet the needs of the fishing community, through retailer clinics and at trade shows and consumer events. Regardless of the water they fish or the species they pursue, they are passionate, good will ambassadors for the sport of kayak fishing and spokespeople for the brand.

The 2010 Wilderness Systems Fishing Pro Staff:
East Coast:
• Chad Hoover (Virginia): Pro Staff Director, author, and competitive bass fisherman, Chad conducts seminars, guides, and hosts a popular, online bass tournament on his site: www.kayakbassfishing.com.
• Jeff Little (Maryland): Smallmouth bass and river kayak fishing expert, Jeff is a renowned author and instructor/guide at his business, Blue Ridge Kayak Fishing.

Texas and the Gulf Coast:
• Dean Thomas (Texas): Active conservationist and year round angler, Dean is the owner of Slow Ride Guide Services. He's always on the water, whether red drum casting in the grass flats or coastal fishing in the hot months.
• Joe Poole (Texas): Longtime member of the Wildy Pro Staff and coastal angling expert for over 40 years, Joe is usually casting for reds and trout in his Tarpon 160, and writing about it for www.texaskayakfisherman.com.

West Coast:
• Mark Pierpont (Calif.): Top tournament competitor and product development consultant for kayak fishing gear, Mark has several “firsts” to his name. These include: first kayak fishing expedition to the Cortez Banks and among the first to pursue largemouth bass from a kayak in Mexico's famed Lake El Salto.
• Chris Fierro (Calif.): Chris is a temperate water and inshore specialist, fishing out of a Tarpon 160 for halibut, yellowtail and white sea bass. He also dives from his Tarpon 160 and spearfishes in the offshore kelp beds.
• CJ Siebler (Calif.): The mastermind behind the Csueper Jeanyus Innovations lures, CJ and an authority on high-tech rigging and customizing yaks. CJ has been fishing from a kayak nearly half his life.

• Eric Bell (N.C.): Eric started kayak fishing for the improved access and challenge it offered over wade fishing. With a full arsenal of Wildy boats, he fishes fresh and saltwater and is a seasoned tournament competitor.
• Tommy Samuels (S.C.): Owner/operator/guide at KayakFishSC in Charleston, Tommy is an excellent resource for boat-specific questions and anything having to do with red drum.
• Chris Chappell (Georgia): Guide and tournament winner, Chris fishes the Georgia coastal flats for tailing fish and surf zone for bull reds. Credit Zen and the art of kayak fishing, Chris believes positive energy helps land fish.

• Jeff Suber (Florida): A perfect day for Jeff is catching shallow water redfish on topwaters and spoons out of the comfort of his Tarpon 160. Jeff uses his talents and passion for paddling to found Forgotten Coast Kayak Anglers and to raise money for several charities.
• Todd Llewellyn (Florida): Todd loves kayak fishing for the ability to go where other anglers cannot. A kayak is the perfect vehicle for shallow water sight casting, and he's even won tournaments pitted against motorized teams.
• Jason Stock (Florida): Jason operates JM Snooky Kayak Charters and has built a reputation for putting clients on fish throughout the West central coast of Florida. He has an uncanny ability to find fish all year long, in all conditions.

• Bill Schultz (Wisconsin): Popular seminar speaker and prolific writer for many angling titles, Bill is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable kayak angler who can find smallie in any shoreline grass.
• Chris LeMessurier (Michigan): American Canoe Association kayak instructor, fishing guide and explorer of the diverse waters and species in the Great Lakes region, Chris still loves the sight of a huge smallmouth bass.

• Chris Gorsuch (Pennsylvania): A lifelong angler of the rivers in the Catskills, Chris is a writer and a guide who knows that a kayak is the best tool for getting into low water areas for his favorite species: smallmouth bass and brown trout.

• Russ Jones (Ontario): A relatively recent convert to fishing from a kayak, Russ is now a winning tournament angler and owner of CanadianKayakAnglers.com.

Check out full bios of all of the Pro Staff at www.wildernesssystems.com. We welcome you to join the Wilderness Systems angling community to share and learn tips and the latest news in kayak fishing. Also, join us on Facebook.

About Wilderness Systems:
Innovative designs tuned for performance, premium outfitting, and superlative quality have aligned Wilderness Systems boats with the most acclaimed paddling experiences in the world. Since 1986, Wilderness Systems has pushed the limits of design and innovation, by refusing to compromise. A Wilderness Systems kayak offers the ultimate in performance and design for the recreational boater to the expedition paddler. Taking that same drive into the angling market, Wilderness Systems fishing kayaks exemplify the ultimate experience for anglers. For the times you can't be on water, experience Wilderness Systems at www.wildernesssystems.com and join the Wildy Community.