Bill Dance, one of the world’s most famous fishermen, was contemplating becoming a doctor like his father, grandfather and three other generations of Dances. 23 National Bass titles, Bassmaster Qualifier 8 out of 9 years & finished 2nd in '73. Three time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year. Out of 78 total B.A.S.S. entries, finished 64 times in the money. 7 wins, 8 runner up, 6 third place & 40 top ten finishes. International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame, Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, Congressional National Water Safety Award, US Army Corps of Engineers Water Safety Award, National Freshwater Hall of Fame and many more.
Aaron Martens has been instrumental in the development and proliferation of the Gamakatsu's G-Finesse Series of hooks. The G-Finesse Drop Shot, Heavy Cover, Treble and others we're specifically designed by Marten's and the Gamakatsu team.Aaron Martens is the 2005, 2013 and 2015 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year and a four-time runner-up in the Bassmaster Classic. He's widely regarded as the best natural angler in the Elite Series. He's perennially ranked among the Top 10 anglers in the U.S.. Completing in nearly 250 tournaments have produced 6 wins, 55 top-ten finishes (including three 2nd place finishes in the Bassmaster Classic), and over $3 million in career winnings across FLW and BASS. It's is no question why Aaron continues to dominate the sport.“Ever since I was a kid in California, my dream has been to fish for a living, and to do it with the best of the best on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail. I remember watching “The Bassmasters” on TV when I was seven or eight years old, and I knew that’s what I wanted to do.
Brent Ehrler is a professional angler from Redlands, CA. The 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series season will mark Brent's fourteenth year as a professional angler. Brent has amassed over $2 Million in career earnings, nine career wins and a Forest Wood Cup title in 2006. Brent's first year efforts on the Bassmaster Elite Series earned him Rookie of the Year honors and a spot in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. 2015 also saw Brent crowned as the champion of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic held on the storied Lake Fork in Texas.For 2018, Brent will be competing in the Bassmaster Elite Series and Jack Link's Major League Fishing events. Brent is married to wife Kelley and has one son Ollie who was born in 2011.
Bella Vista, AR
Mike's strong competitive nature is what lead him to his career as a Professional Bass Angler. After winning back to back BASS events on the Arkansas River and Ross Barnett, Mike was able to fish full time for a living. He went on to win two more events at the BASS Invitational level, four Elite Series events and has qualified for eleven Bassmaster Classics.
Shin is a full-time professional angler originally from Japan, now resides in the United States. He is honest and gentle with having a sense of humor, and has been married with his wife, Miyu. Shin started fishing through his older brothers influence when he was a child and had dreamed being a professional angler as well as fishing in the United States, where the bass fishing originated. He joined a junior bass fishing program to compete in the tournaments in Japan and turned professional in 1991. With the 13-year pro angler career in Japan, Shin accomplished successful results and had the opportunity to compete in the FLW Tour which is the one of the top-level tournaments in the world, and decided to challenge the circuit although he could not speak English at all. Since 2004, Shin mainly has been competing in the tournaments in the U.S., and he won the FLW Tour Angler of the Year on his rookie year and became the only angler who has won the AOY title in two countries, US and Japan on the bass fishing history. He also has added 3-time single event victories and 20 Top-10 finishes on his 9-year career in the US. Shin also is known as a hard worker practicing as much as he can and thinking about fishing all the time on both "on" and "off" the water.
Texas native Todd Faircloth has established himself as one of the most successful pros on the national level, building a competition resume that includes six wins and 45 Top 10s.Gamakatsu is proud to announce that Major League Fishing BPT Tour Pro Todd Faircloth has joined their Pro Staff. Faircloth, who has amassed more than 2.5 million dollars in earnings during his career, capturing five Bassmaster Elite Series titles along the way, is elated to be a part of the Gamakatsu USA family. "I am proud to announce that I will be joining the Gamakatsu pro staff for the 2019 season. I have been fishing Gamakatsu hooks since I was a kid, and have continued to do so throughout my entire professional career. Gamakatsu, in my opinion has always been the industry leader when it comes to fishing hooks. They offer a hook for every fishing application imaginable, and I cannot wait to put them to work in 2019" said Faircloth. Gamakatsu ® is constantly testing new materials and striving to improve their products which already set the standard for the rest of the industry.
After six fantastic years on the Bassmaster Elite tournament trail, I’m now a Major League Fishing pro. It wasn’t an easy decision. I had a great time fishing the Elites and Opens and made memories that’ll last forever. I’ll always be thankful for the opportunities B.A.S.S. provided me. 2019 begins an exciting new chapter in my professional angling career.
Sioux Falls, SD
Takasaki. Gamakatsu. Two names synonymous with winning. It should be no surprise that these two legends have finally joined forces. Hall of Fame angler Ted Takasaki has used Gamakatsu hooks for decades and has always raved about the competitive advantages these premier hooks afford him. Gamakatsu has always been Takasaki’s hook of choice, and now the partnership is official; the Gamakatsu logo will adorn his jersey, boat and truck. “I am very proud and excited to become a team player for this legendary hook company! Gamakatsu is the standard by which all hook companies aspire to be,” said Takasaki. “I have always used Gamakatsu in my tournament fishing and cannot wait to let everyone know that I am fishing with the best!” Ted’s achievements over the course of his 30-year angling career are expansive. His early days were consumed with walleye, and in a big way. He still retains a 53.2 pound, 5-fish tournament record, and was the first professional walleye angler to cash a six-figure check. Muskie and bass round out his passion.