Brandon Card - Bassmaster Elite Series Angler
HOMETOWN: Knoxville, TN
BIO: Brandon Card, 25, of Caryville, TN is distinguished as the first Bassmaster Elite Series qualifier to have fished his way through the collegiate bass fishing ranks. Card captained the University of Kentucky bass fishing team for 4 years, graduating in 2009. While at UK he fished the Boat US series, College BASS and the FLW College Fishing series. He won the Ultimate Match Fishing College edition in 2007. Finishing 2nd in the 2011 Bassmaster Southern Opens earned Card his berth in the Elite Series.
A blog following his journey from college angler to the Elite Series is posted weekly on www.bassmaster.com.
FAVORITE WATER TO FISH: Norris Lake, TN
FAVORITE ONYX PRODUCTS: Pro Tech Fishing Jacket and Bib, A24 Insight Inflatable Life Jacket
Ott DeFoe - Bassmaster Elite Series Angler
HOMETOWN: Knoxville, TN
- 4-time FLW Championship qualifier
- Guides on East Tennessee Lakes when not competing
BIO: Ott DeFoe is a four-time FLW Championship qualifier. Ott won the 2008 FLW American Series event on Santee Cooper. In 2010, Ott finished as runner-up at the Professional Anglers Association event on Lake Norman. He has earned over $500,000 since turning professional at the age of 18. Ott guides on Lake Douglas and Fort Loudon when he is not touring as a professional. A member of the Bass Pro Shops National Team, Ott is considered a knowledgeable angler that will be a force on the Bassmaster Elite Series for years to come.
FAVORITE WATER TO FISH: Lake Douglas, TN
FAVORITE ONYX PRODUCTS: Pro Tech Fishing Jacket and Bib, A/M 24 Inflatable Life Jacket, ArcticShield Classic Parka and BiB
Hunter King - Kayak Fisherman, Kayak Fishing Guide
HOMETOWN: Locust Fork, AL
BIO: Hunter King is a Kayak Angler known as RiverCrawler in the kayak fishing world. He is from the small town of Locust Fork, Alabama where he fishes many rivers and lakes. He also plans to attend Auburn University for a degree in Fisheries Management, fish for their Collegiate Fishing Team and start up a Kayak Fishing Team.
FAVORITE WATER TO FISH: Guntersville Lake, AL
FAVORITE ONYX PRODUCTS: A/M 24 Deluxe Inflatable Life Jacket, A/M 24 Inflatable Life Jacket, Pro Tech Fishing Jacket
Robert Matthews - Kayak Fisherman, Custom Rod Builder
HOMETOWN: Smithson Valley, TX
BIO: When not working and can get away, Robert likes to spend his time on the rivers around him. Robert is fortunate to live with the Guadalupe River close to his back yard and also fishes the Colorado River, Blanco River, Llano River and many others that he has nearby. You can even find him chasing tails in the saltwater marshes of Louisiana and the Texas coast. Robert's hobby is building custom fishing rods for both fresh and saltwater.
FAVORITE WATER TO FISH: Colorado River and Lake Fork, TX
FAVORITE ONYX PRODUCTS: A/M 24 Deluxe Inflatable Life Jacket, Pike Kayak Fishing Vest, Cold Water Gloves
Dusty Minke - Walleye Tour Angler
HOMETOWN: Forest Lake, MN
BIO: Dusty has centered his life around fishing. From guiding to making and selling fishing lures and equipment. He has all of the tools to market and promote the sport of fishing. When not on the water, Dusty is a sales representative in the outdoor/shooting sports industry with a seasoned background who encourages people to "Take a Kid Fishing!"
FAVORITE WATER TO FISH: Lake of the Woods, MN
FAVORITE ONYX PRODUCTS: Pro Tech Fishing Jacket and Bib, A/M 24 Deluxe Inflatable Life Jacket
Bradley Roy - Bassmaster Elite Series Angler
HOMETOWN: Lancaster, KY
- 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year
- 2004 Bassmaster Junior World Champion
BIO: Bradley Roy is living his dream of being a professional bass angler. He began fishing tournaments at age 5 and progressed quickly. Bradley graduated high school early in order to compete on the 2009 Bassmaster Southern Open Series in hopes of qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series. Bradley finished 5th in that series and signed up for the Elite Series. After a back and forth battle with fellow Onyx pro-staffer Cliff Crochet, Bradley was crowned the 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series rookie of the year. In addition to the 2011 Elite Series, Bradley will also compete in the Outdoor Channel's Ultimate Match Fishing Championship.
FAVORITE WATER TO FISH: Herrington Lake, KY
FAVORITE ONYX PRODUCTS: Pro Tech Fishing Jacket and Bib, A/M 24 Inflatable Life Jacket, Silent Pursuit Camouflage Jacket and Pant
Shawn Vallandingham - Academy Professional Redfish Series Angler
HOMETOWN: Leesburg, GA
BIO: Shawn is a native of Southwest Georgia. He grew up hunting and fishing the backwoods of the south. He got into flats fishing 10 years ago and has been hooked ever since. He has a passion for inshore fishing that is unmatched. When he is not tournament fishing he enjoys hanging out with his wife and kids, camping and the great outdoors.
FAVORITE WATER TO FISH: Delicroix, LA and Titusville, FL
FAVORITE ONYX PRODUCTS: Pro Tech Fishing Jacket and Bib, A/M 24 Inflatable Life Jacket, Flotation Jacket
Glenn Walker - Tournament Angler, Writer
HOMETOWN: Shakopee, MN
BIO: Glenn began fishing at the young age of two and spent his summers fishing the Mississippi River. In 2001, Glenn fished his first tournament and from that point on he has been fishing tournaments ever since. Besides fishing, Glenn takes pride in helping pass his knowledge and passion of fishing on to others through his articles, videos and seminars.
FAVORITE WATER TO FISH: Mississippi River
FAVORITE ONYX PRODUCTS: Pro Tech Fishing Jacket and Bib, A/M 24 Inflatable Life Jacket, Pro Caster Vest, Comfort Foam Boat Cushion
Chris Williams - IFA, LASS, ECRC Tournament Angler
HOMETOWN: Pensacola, FL
BIO: Chris was born and raised in Pensacola, FL. From a very early age, his father and grandfather had him on the water fishing in the summer and in the woods hunting in the winter. I guess you can say he was destined for the outdoors to be his passion. Chris has a real love for teaching the art of fishing and is routinely found working boat shows or giving seminars at tackle shops or other venues.
FAVORITE WATER TO FISH: The Louisiana Marsh
FAVORITE ONYX PRODUCTS: Pro Tech Fishing Jacket and Bib, A/M 24 Inflatable Life Jacket