Pro Staff

Mark Martin

Captain Mark Martin

Guide, Captain and Full Time Hall of Fame Professional Walleye Fisherman and Speaker - Mark Martin. Capt. Mark Martin is the 1990 Professional Walleye Trail WORLD CHAMPION. Mark won the first PWT Tournament of Champions held at International Falls, Minnesota netting him the highest cash prize in history for a walleye tournament, at that time and has earned him the distinction of being "the Original Champ” Today Mark, as fishing promoter travels extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada doing tournaments, TV Shows, Outdoor Writer Events, Seminars, and teaching walleye wisdom - especially leading kids fishing clinics. He also has published various books and videos to help walleye aficionados get more 'eyes in the net. In his home state of Michigan he’s been called “Mr. Walleye at Night”, averaging more than 600 walleye per season in the 6 to 12 pound range.


Bryan Buist

Captain Bryan Buist

US Coast Guard Certified Charter Captain

Bryan is a US Coast Guard Certified Charter Captain covering 15 different lakes and Rivers throughout the entire State of Michigan, and Lake Erie, in Ohio waters. Bryan has been a tournament angler for 6 years fishing the Cabela’s National Team Championship, Michigan Walleye Tour, and West Michigan Walleye Club tournaments where he is a long time member.


Captain Ken Clark

Fishmas Charters

Ken has been a charter captain over 20 years and a tournament angler for 15 years. Ken is a frequent presenter at shows, seminars, and promotions. Ken charters on over 20 lakes and rivers in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Canada. He is the 2011 Team of the Year for the Michigan Walleye Tour.


Dan Hassevoort

Angler One Charters & Insight Marketing

Dan guides Walleye charters on Lake Erie, Saginaw Bay, Lake Michigan and Detroit River to name a few. Dan has been a tournament competitor for over Twenty years. Former FLW Angler of the year Captain Dan currently competes on the NWT (National Walleye Tour). Captain Dan Hassevoort is a marketing personality for companies such as Church Tackle, Yakima Bait co, Traxtech co, Okuma USA, D&R Sports Center and Matzuo America.


Brian Erler

Fishing Michigan Walleye Tour, Sales and Marketing, Outdoor Show Coordinator

Family and fishing makes "Church tackle great!"


Capt. Caleb Taylor

Black Shadow Guide Service

Captain Caleb Taylor US Coast Guard Certified charter captain Caleb operates out of the upper Peninsula of Michigan. As owner of Black Shadow guide service, fishing is his passion. Caleb fishes from Lake Superior to Lake Michigan. In the past Caleb has fished in fishing tournaments around the Great Lakes. Now he enjoys donating his time to taking veterans fishing through the Take A Vet fishing organization.


Terri Boyd

As part of the Church Tackle Pro Staff Team . I'm extremely honored to Represent a High quality planer board with all the accessories. I'm am a Pro Female Angler from Gahanna Ohio I fish The LEWT Circuit as well as the Western Ohio Walleye Circuit . I will continue to Promote Educate & Share on social Media for Church Tackle in 2017.


Capt. John Hynes

WestShore Outfitters, LLC

Guiding on the Bay of Green Bay, Wi Capt. John is a United States Coast Guard certified captain who has been fishing the last 30 years and guiding on Green Bay for the last several years, taking numerous clients on successful trips for walleyes, bass and musky. John is also a successful tournament participant in the Cabelas MWC / Cabelas NABC / Cabelas National Walleye Tour as well as many local bass and walleye tournaments.


Karl Wenckenbach

Karl Wenckebach here, a National Walleye Tournament Pro angler and have been on Church Boards Pro staff for the past Three years Best boards on the market.


Captain Greg Mobley

Captain Greg is a licensed USCG Master Captain and is the owner and operator of Black Dawg Charters, LLC. Greg is a multi-species fisherman with over 35 years of big water fishing for walleye and salmon. Greg is licensed to fish in Michigan, Ohio and Canada. Church Tackle planer boards are a big part of his fishing arsenal.


Captain Dave Engel

Best Chance Too

The Engel family has been making their living fishing for generations. For Captain Dave Engel fishing is not just a hobby and it’s more than his passion, it’s his way of life.

With over 40 years of experience of Salmon and Trout fishing he has come a long way in the industry. Starting his career as a first mate at a very young age, then buying the original Best Chance boat at 18, to opening a very successful retail store named Best Chance Sporting Goods in 1984.

After the sale of the store in 1998 he went on to fish the tournament circuit in his current boat The Best Chance Too and now has won over 65 Salmon and Trout tournaments. His record includes being the number one money winner of all time and being the only boat to have won a tournament in all four states, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

It goes without saying Capt. Dave is one of the most successful fishermen on Lake Michigan. When he is not fishing on Lake Michigan he loves to take his wife Liz and his family down to Bahamas and Florida fishing and enjoying time together. When you fish with Capt. Dave you’re not only fishing with the best in the business your fishing with a man who is all about family and by the end of the trip you feel like your apart of the family


Bill Sutton

A professional walleye angler competing on the National Walleye Tour. In my first two years on the NWT I have found some success with a tour win and a second place finish in the prestigious Angler of the Year race. I attribute much of my success with aligning myself with the top tier manufacturer's I represent.


Capt. Jim Steel

Dream Catcher Sportfishing

Fishing began as a child, as a young as he can remember. He spent his time on the lakes and rivers of Western New York. Starting with a 16' runabout and gradually working his way up over the years to a 31' fully rigged charter/tournament boat. The fun of fishing as a child started and fueled the obsession as an adult. Owner of Dream Catcher Sportfishing and operator of the 31' Tiara, "Dream Catcher", Jim is a US Coast Guard Master Captain. Predominately he spends the spring time fishing for salmon and trout on Lake Ontario and summer/fall for walleye on Lake Erie chartering and tournament fishing. To see more about Jim and Dream Catcher Sportfishing, visit the website https://dreamcatchersportfishing.com/ The tournament team participates in all the major walleye tournaments in the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie. A solid team consisting of Jim Steel, Diane Steel, Rich Fliss and Jeff Whipple have been fishing together for the past several years. They are proud that their teamwork and dedication has consistently put them in the top of the field. The team’s recent highlights include finishing with 2nd heaviest fish and 3rd place overall in the 2016 Sunset Bay Shootout, 2ndheaviest fish and 6th place overall in the 2015 Sunset Bay Shootout and winning the Amara-Can tournament in 2012. Conducting many seminars at fishing clubs and outdoor shows as well as representing manufacturers at dealer shows and events gives Jim the ability to share his knowledge and experience as well as promote techniques and products to educate others to increase their success. In 2012, Jim and his wife/fishing partner, Diane, took their passion for the outdoors to a new level creating Innovative Outdoors. Their business focuses on promoting fishing and hunting and products that have been personally tested and proven. Shop the online store athttp://www.innovative-outdoors.com/. The Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge tournament was a new addition to the tournament series in 2016. This year it will take place on Saturday, August 25, 2018 in Dunkirk, NY. Teams will consist of 2 – 5 anglers and can fish all waters of Lake Erie. This year the field will be limited to 65 boats. Each team will be limited to a maximum of 9 rods/reels and will weigh in up to 6 walleyes. The teams from NY, PA, OH and Canada that have participated in this event has made it a great success. For more information or to register, visit the website at https://lakeeriewalleyetournament.com/ or stop by the Innovative Outdoors booth. Anyone registered by March 31, 2018 will be entered in a drawing for a refund of their entry fee. In 2017, Innovative Outdoors partnered with WNY Heroes to organize a veterans fishing day as part of their Operation B.O.O.T.S. program. The event took place in Dunkirk, NY. A dozen charter captains donated their services to take over 30 veterans fishing. There was a friendly completion amongst the veterans, each of them weighing in one walleye. The day concluded with a luncheon at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club. Plans are in place to make this an annual event.


Brian Chandler

Brian Chandler here, I’m eager and very honored to have the opportunity to run and promote the most versatile and reliable board on the market. I am professional angler out of the great state of Michigan and I compete in the National walleye tour, Master walleye circuit and the Michigan walleye tour. I put a ton of faith in these boards and when the stakes are high I know I can count Church Boards.


Jeff Boutin

US Certified Coast Guard Captain, Fishing Guide on the Bay of Green Bay

Jeff started fishing walleyes on the Bay of Green Bay in 1987. He has been an avid fisherman his whole life, even spending 6 years as a first mate on a lake Michigan charter boat during the 1980’s. Since leaving Salmon fishing, Jeff has been primarily focusing on walleye fishing which has lead up to his present guide service. You can also read Jeff’s fishing articles in Badger Sportsman’s Magazine on walleye fishing on the Bay of Green Bay. Jeff also speaks at fishing clubs and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sport Show. Jeff’s tackle company is Team-Outdoors LLC, where he has designed his own unique fishing products. His guide service also includes corporate group packages that include lodging and private chef services. He is the founder and President of a non-profit kids fishing tournament "Tomorrows Anglers", and a member of the esteemed Sheboygan Walleye Club. Jeff’s sponsors include: Mercury Marine, Starcraft, SkipperBuds, Humminbird, Minn Kota, and Church Tackle Co


Capt. Mark Kuzniewski

Master Captain, Professional Walleye Fisherman

Captain Mark guides exclusively for walleyes on Green Bay. Captain Mark’s passion for fishing walleyes collided with his career as an educator that resulted in the creation of Fin-Tastic Eyes. The mission of Fin-Tastic Eyes is to provide a positive experience where clients not only catch fish, but, also, learn presentations and tactics that can be used on other bodies of water. Captain Mark routinely delivers seminars at local fishing clubs, at retailers such as Cabelas and sits on the Board of Directors for Tomorrow’s Anglers, a non-profit organization designed to provide fishing opportunities for youth.


Michael Parks

Michael Parks has been guiding on Indiana impoundments and rivers for the last ten years for a variety of species. He is the director of Indiana Walleye Anglers Association and competes in tournaments for walleye, bass and crappie across the country. He can be found deploying Church Tackle planer boards on any given day on the waters of Indiana and Ohio. When hes not fishing, he is a contributing writer for Wild Indiana Outdoors. A mentor and coach for the area yourh bass associations, and a custom lure painter. Sponsored and prostaff for Church Tackle, Wild Indiana Outdoors, Parkside Marine and More , and Eslers Auto Service


Paul Antonowitsch

My son Kurt and I are from the Kalamazoo Michigan area and we won the West Michigan Walleye Club (WMWC) 2016 Angler of the Year and the top overall accumulated weight total for the year. Our first place finishes on Saginaw Bay and Muskegon Lake this year helped us to maintain and take the lead. My fishing partners and I present multiple walleye fishing educational seminars throughout the year and promote walleye fishing methods at various marine stores, fishing tackle shops, Sportsmen for Youth and multiple fishing clubs throughout Michigan.


Captain Brendon Woodruff

Brendon has been fishing since he was 5 years old, becoming a United States Coast Guard Certified Captain at 18 years old. Brendon charters out of Muskegon on Lake Michigan. He fishes for salmon, steelhead, and trout. Brendon has competed in tournaments in Michigan and New York as well as Canada. He also volunteers with a local organization to help younger kids get interested in fishing.


Chad Schutt

Owner operator of Walleyechad Charters

Started using Church Tackle Walleye boards 18 years ago fishing the WMWC tournament schedule where I took 3 angler of the year awards 2 third place finishes and 1 first place also went 1 round in the Cabelas NTC


Dustyn Taylor

I have been on the Church Tackle pro staff for three years, promoting the company through outdoor shows and videos on YouTube. I also fish the Michigan Walleye Tour as well as tournaments through the West Michigan Walleye Club where I hold a board position as the secretary for the club.


Jeff Graves

I am an Ohio resident and get to fish Lake Erie and inland lakes for Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass, Steelhead and Perch. I started fishing in local walleye tournaments ten years ago with the WBSA organization and have progressed into fishing yearly with the MWC and NWT national tournament circuits. In 2011, I won my first professional FLW tournament on Lake Erie and continued on to qualify for the FLW Championship that year finishing in 28 th place. In my past, I have competitively fished internationally on the ILTA circuit for Billfish and won the 1998 International Red Cross Tournament hosted out of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. I continue to enjoy competitive fishing and promoting the sport of fishing. This year I will be fishing out of a 2017 Ranger 621FS equipped with a Mercury 350HP Pro Verado and a full line up of Lowrance electronics. I love to troll for walleyes and run TX-22 Church Boards with Mini Lock Jaw Clips which are fantastic for pulling cranks or spinner baits. Career earnings to date are $85,500.


Josh Hankamp

Josh is a Multi-Species angler, fishing the MWC and MWT for walleye as well as the Tournament Trail 333 for salmon, and many other local events. He loves to share his passion for fishing with his son and the future of this sport. From trolling Saginaw Bay for walleyes to fishing Lake Michigan for salmon Church Boards have the right application to put fish in the boat every time.


Jim Lafortune

Jim has over 25 years of experience fishing on the Great Lakes. The enthusiasm of fishing started on Lake Superior where he would target Lake Trout with his favorite area being the Outer Islands which is part of the Apostle Islands in Ashland County. This area has been known for holding big Lake Trout with deep cold water providing the perfect home for these monster fish to roam. The excitement grew as he moved to Southern Wisconsin and found large Salmon that inhabited Lake Michigan. The excitement of these fish is hard to match as they fight extremely hard and provide great excitement for anglers. The area he prefers to fish is Racine County, as this area is full of structure that will hold a variety of fish at given times. Jim takes a great deal of pride doing several seminars a year throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. If you’re not fishing, than what’s better than talking about fishing? The ability to help anglers have success each and every trip is something that you will remember when all else fades away. The anglers will remind you with a Thank You when you see them again at the boat launch, and remind you why it is important to give back to our fisheries. An active member in fishing clubs is also of great importance as these clubs continue to fight for a stable fishery for years to come for all to enjoy. If doing tournaments or just fishing with friends there is no time like time spent on the water!!!!!!!!!!


Justin Sattory

I started fishing at the age of 8 years old. Bought my first brand new boat motor and trailer at 12 years of age. I have fished all over Michigan, Ohio and Canada. I fish as many tournament's as possible a year. I am also a USCG licensed Captain of Limitless Fishing Charters.

 


Capt. Greg Sheremeta

Captain Greg Sheremeta is a licensed U.S.C.G. Master Captain and is the proud owner and operator of Sara K Fishing Charters, which operates out of Frankfort, Mi during the months of May through October. Throughout is 10+ years as a charter captain, Capt. Greg has taken hundreds of happy guests on a variety of charters chasing Salmon and Trout. Greg is an avid participant in multiple tournaments on Lake Michigan, including the Battle of the Betsie and the Benzie fishing Frenzy, which are part of the Lake Michigan Tournament Trail. You can find Capt. Greg at many of the outdoor shows throughout Michigan, including The Ultimate Fishing Show, and Outdoorama, where he proudly supports Church Tackle products by answering questions and giving one on one demonstrations. When he is not running charters, he is also providing seminars to outdoor sports clubs, including the Michigan Steelheaders, as well as many banquets, schools, and other trade shows.


Captain Matt Strong

Captain Matt Strong is the owner of Strong Performance Charters, out of South Haven, MI. Strong Performance Charters is a family-run charter business with over 25 years of experience, as well as a tournament fishing team. Captain Matt has led his team to several tournament wins up and down the lake, including most recently the 2016 winner of the South Haven Pro-Am Tournament, making this team a 3-time winner of this tournament. Captain Matt knows how to get on the fish!


Joe Kranc

Team Kick’R

Fishing is Joe’s passion and no matter the odds, he is there. Come rain or shine, he knows where to find the fish. Joe has been fishing since he can remember, but he became serious about salmon tournament fishing in 2011. This is when he and his team fished their first local tournament, The Portage Salmon Slam and had a great time! He has been hooked ever since! Joe is always looking for new opportunities to fish in new waters and compete in tournaments across Lake Michigan and beyond. Joe and his team will continue to promote Church Tackle Company products every chance they get via social media along with the many tournaments that they compete in during the season. Joe along with his team proudly represents the following companies : Church Tackle Company, Morgan's Tackle, Fishing and Hunting USA, Mack's Luck, Michigan Stinger, Pro-Cure Bait Scents, Ocean-Tamer Marine Bean Bags, Fish Hawk, Anglers Avenue, ITO Flies, Calumet Marine, Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning


Chuck Mason

Chuck Mason was born on the Detroit River and raised off Lake Erie, leaving little doubt that targeting walleye would be his favorite endeavor. As an outdoor writer, inland ice fishing guide and tournament angler on Lake Erie, the Saginaw River/Bay and the Michigan Walleye Tour, he shares his knowledge with others through articles, interviews and seminars across the state. He firmly believes that, "By providing me with the right tools, Church Tackle, with their planer board systems, have made me a better walleye angler." In addition to being on board with Church Tackle, he is also on staff/sponsored by Rapala, Northland Tackle, Big Eye Custom Lures, St. Croix Rods, Daiwa, USA, Clam Outdoors, Vexilar Marine Electronics, and Jiffy Augers.


Randy Eyre

Randy’s passion for finding, figuring out, and catching big walleye, has led to success in both the local and national tournament scenes in past years. Calling NW Ohio and the western basin of Lake Erie “home,” he’s a regular on the WBSA - Lake Erie Walleye Trail and you can also see him come across the MWC and NWT stage from time to time throughout the season. Along with several top 10 finishes over the years, Randy has an LEWT – Team of the Year championship and a Top 10 National Team of the Year honors in the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit to his credits. “Breaking down impossibly tough bites, in less than ideal tournament conditions is one of my favorite challenges, and Church Tackle products like the TX-22 and Double Action Flag System, have helped me do that for over a decade!”