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  • Art has 3 wins to his credit (2 B.A.S.S., 1FLW) as well as qualifying 4 time for both the Bassmaster Classic and FLW Forrest Wood Cup.  In addition to tournament fishing, he also guides on the number one bass lake in the country, according to BASS.  He is also the owner/operator of PROvider Tackle.

    About Art Ferguson

    BIO

    Art Ferguson III

    Born and raised in Rochester, Michigan.

    Art now resides in St. Clair Shores, Michigan during the summer and St. Cloud, Florida in the winter months.

    Full time fisherman since 1990. Art quit full time plumbing apprenticeship for the opportunity to start fishing BASSMaster Tournament Trail after qualifying for the 1990 "BASSMasters CLASSIC" (the most prestigious tournament in the World), through the B.A.S.S. Federation ranks.

    During the Classic, Art was offered an opportunity to start working out of Roland Martins Marina on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida that winter and had been guiding during the winter months out of that marina since 1991.

    After 15 years working in Clewiston, Art was out for a fresh new start:  For a better quality of life and because of the devestation of Hurricane Wilma that hit Okeechobee Art moved north to Central, Florida.

    Now guiding in Orlando, Florida region. Hitting some of the hottest lakes in Central Florida including: Lake Toho/Kissimmee Chain of Lakes where the 2006 Bassmaster Classic was held. Also, Stickmarsh, Lake Walk'n Water, Butler Chain, Conway Chain, East Lake Toho and many other lakes. This is exciting to Art as he adjusts to the area.

    Art also guides in Michigan in the Spring and Summer months. He thoroughly enjoys it and has had the pleasure of fishing with some great people! Amazingly, over 28 years of experience is behind him now becoming truly a smallmouth specialist. He has also in 2005, began Provider Tackle Company, making both smallmouth and largemouth lures.

    He never thought he'd become a full time bass fishing guide, until he went broke trying to fish the trail (ouch). He qualified for 1991-92 Top 100 trail and didn't fair so well. Reality hit and it was time for a REAL job!

    After a vigourous season fishing the 1998-99 Kmart Bassmaster Top 150 circuit, traveling over 20,000 miles and 10 weeks, he qualified for the 1999 "BASSMaster's CLASSIC".

    Again in the 1999-2000 season he qualified for the 2000 "BASSMaster's CLASSIC", ranking 4th in points. He also had his first BASSMaster's Top 150 victory in May at Wheeler Lake, Decatur, AL.

    In 2003, he did it again. Requalifying for the 2004 "BASSMaster's CLASSIC" which was held on Lake Wylie near Charlotte, NC. He qualified through the BASSMaster Northern Opens where he was blessed with another victory on Oneida Lake near Syracuse, NY.  During the 3 tournament season he had a 2nd and a 4th place finish. This gave him the Northern Open points leader title. He is very thankful for that accomplishment in his life. Recently, he has also made the FLW Championship in 2006, 2007, 2008 and now, 2009, 4 straight years!! In February 16, 1999, he dedicated his life to Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior and has seen his life completely change for the better. Knowing that he knows that he knows JESUS! True answered prayers, Joy and Peace unspeakable!! Though not always perfect, He is with US!

    Things that can only be called "supernatural" happening in his life. Now his biggest desire is to let people know what JESUS CHRIST can do for them!

    Hobbies:
    Bible Study, Saltwater fishing, Travel, Golf, Computers, Golf, Music, NASCAR Racing

  • Welcome to Art of Fishing Guide Service with Professional Bass Angler: ART FERGUSON

    Guiding since 1991, Art has the knowledge and understanding of bass that will get you on fish day in and day out.
    Fishing the Orlando/Kissimmee, Florida area during the winter months (December-April)... fishing lakes such as Lake Toho, Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Butler Chain of Lakes, Harris Chain, Okeechobee, Stickmarsh and many other Orlando lakes.

    Switching his game to Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Spring, Art moves to Lake St. Clair/Detroit, Michigan area and guides all Summer and into the Fall. (May-November)

  • Visit BassBoatTech.com   

     

    Bass Boat Technologies is dedicated to creating new innovations for mounting GPS/Sonar units to their Boat Consoles. We think Anglers will look at Console mounted GPS/Sonar units from a totally different mindset than in the past.

         After fishing the FLW Tour for three years as a co-angler and last year as a Professional, I rode in many different boats.  All of the anglers had the same problems with keeping their Console mounted GPS/Sonar units from moving all over the place in rough water and had to look thru or over their steering wheel to see their in-dash units. My goal was to create a new mounting system that was user friendly, rugged, and looked factory. After many hours of testing, the first Single mount unit was installed on Randall Tharp’s Ranger z520 and my z520 during the 2011/2012 tour season. The Mount performed very well and eliminated the old “Ram” mount system. Each mounting system is custom fitted for each type and size GPS/Sonar unit for that particular console and all mounting systems have an “Anti-vibration system” integrated into the mount. This system performed excellent in big water like Lake Champlain and other rough water lakes.

         I noticed that there were many Anglers that had a 2 unit setup, 1 mounted in the console and 1 on a “ram” mount to the right side of the console. My next goal was to mount 2 units side by side on the console so the angler could see both units above the steering wheel, at the correct viewing angle, providing easy operation of the units. That is when the New Dual Mount system was developed. The new Dual Mount system also has the “Anti-vibration” system for each of the units. The system was developed for the new Ranger Z boats (z117-z522) type consoles and the new Ranger 520C Boat. I started with these because that was the model boats available to me for fitting the units.

         The plans for the future are to develop the “Single” and “Dual” mount system for other brand boats also. The biggest hurdle is locating and being able to use other brand boats for their own custom fitting. I have had many requests to develop mounts for Skeeter, Triton, Legend, and Phoenix Boat brands. I plan to develop these in the near future. This system is not just a “bracket”, but a custom mounting system.

  • Visit Brandon's Site

    My lifelong passion for the outdoors has turned me into an avid fisherman. I have been very fortunate to grow up on one of the best lakes in the country. I am blessed to have a dad who taught me about the outdoors and introduced me to fishing as a child. God has given me this opportunity to pursue this dream and do what I love for a living. I have the best family support system. My parents have always been there for me to assure that I had the opportunities to do what I wanted for a living. I live in Benton, Ky with my wife Brittany, who is my best friend, and 100% behind the choices I make. We have two beautiful children, Brynn and Brady, who are our world. I can’t begin to thank my family enough for all their support. 

    I love to compete. The competition is what drives you as an angler. I am learning new things every day as each day on the water is different. Never take your time on the water for granted. Always remember the most important things in life are not things. Faith, Family, & Friends. Chase your dreams!

    God Bless,

    Brandon

  • Dylan Hays is in his 3rd year of fishing the FLW Tour.

    Dylan's website features a video slideshow.

    Visit Dylan's Website

  • Greg passed the $500,000 dollar mark in 2013.  He has 3 FLW wins to go along with 14 top 10s and was the Everstart Central Division angler of the year in 2007.

    BIO

    Married: Holly

    Children: Brock

    Education:BS-Agri-business, Arkansas Tech University 3.17 GPA

    Biography: I was born and raised on a farm in NW Arkansas, close to Beaver Lake. There were three things that my life revolved around growing up on the farm: hard work, athletics, and the great outdoors. My father taught me at a very young age that the only way you can get what you want out of life is to work hard and be dedicated to what you have committed yourself to doing. I have tried to uphold these values throughout my life. In high school I was selected as an all-state player in both football and baseball. In college I earned the title as an all-conference defensive lineman.

    Although I was involved in athletics my whole life, my true dream was to be a full-time professional fisherman. I knew once I graduated college I had to be successful at work in order to be able to afford to fish tournaments. I started with Tyson Foods, Inc. in May of 1993, 2 days following college graduation. I was promoted quickly through the management ranks and in April of 2000 I was promoted to the position of plant manager at the Randall Road processing facility. At 28, I was the youngest plant manager that Tyson Foods had at that time. During my last 6 years with Tyson Foods, Inc. I managed 500 employees in a fast-paced, highly-productive processing environment with a $31 million annual budget.

    Through hard work, disciplined investing, and with the encouragement from an extremely supportive wife I left my job with Tyson Foods in February of 2006 to pursue my true dream and ultimate career goal of being a full-time professional fisherman. I have been truly blessed in life and I plan on carrying on these same values of hard work and dedication in my fishing career that have enabled me to be so successful in my previous endeavors.

  • Visit Garmin Pro Jason Christie's site.

    Jason was born and raised in Eastern Oklahoma.  He grew up hunting on family land and fishing on the local lake.  He played basketball throughout high school where he earned a scholarship to play at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK.  He graduated with a degree in education in 1998 and began his profession as a coach.  When not fishing, he enjoys spending time with his three daughters: Ali, Ana, Jaslyn.

    Over the years, Jason has competed in local and regional tournaments and has had a great amount of success.  He started his tournament career fishing with various partners including his uncles and his dad and together they won many team tournaments.  Jason also fished individually in pro-am events which proved to be successful and helped to build his confidence as a professional angler.  His desire to compete was outgrowing the local tournament circuit and he wanted to see if he had what it takes to fish at a national level.  His big break came October 2007 when he won a Stren Series event on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri and he knew that victory would help pay his way to fish against the big boys!

    Jason's love of fishing and the support of his family helped him make the decision to stop coaching and begin a career as a touring professional angler.  In the last 5 years, he has 8 wins on a national level.

  • Jose has been fishing the Great Lakes area for many years. He has learned from some of the best anglers in the state like Art Ferguson, Gerry Gostenik, Scott Dobson, Marcel Veenstra, and other local anglers who he is proud to call friends.

    Jose is a fully licensed and insured guide with years of experience fishing the Great Lakes, including Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River, Lake Erie and the Detroit River.

    The smallmouth bass fishing in these Great Lakes is phenomenal. The Great Lakes have arguably the best smallmouth bass fishing in the whole world. There is nothing that compares. Jose will teach you ways to catch these bronze beauties using many different techniques and help you understand the movements and habits of these phenomenal creatures..

    Check out the website and book a guide trip today!

  • What is the Lake Fork Fishing APP?

    The App is fishing "SPOTS!!" I have hundreds of hours on these spots and have chosen these out of many spots I fish. These spots will give you some confidence and help you get a fish in the boat. These spots are not small fish holes... All the spots are main lake not way up in a creek. One of the first things I learned on Lake Fork is stay out of the shallow water for Big Bass.( except in March and April) I have caught some of my double digit fish on these spots and a few big catfish on these spots. So spend some time on them. The double digit fish I have caught on these spots are one cast off the GPS position I am sharing with you. The videos in the App are from where I made the cast.

    The objective of the App is to help you find fish faster and save you valuable time on the water looking for fish!!! You choose the season, water temp and bait selection!

    The App was created by a fisherman, to provide new Lake Fork fishermen a place to start fishing when they get to Fork.  The App provides experienced Lake Fork fishermen another fishing spot. The locations have held fish for many years and have produced fish in all seasons. However, what time of year you fish each spot will make a difference!!! Your choice!!

  • Lake St Clair and surrounding waters.
    Musky and Smallmouth Bass Guide.

    My name is Kevin Long and I’d like to thank you for taking the time to check out Long Cast Guide Service. I am very fortunate to be able to say that I have guided on Lake St. Clair and the connecting rivers for 15 years now. Southeast Michigan offers some of the most beautiful water and consistent fishing in the Country for musky and smallmouth bass!

    • Families Welcome
    • Corporate Trips
    • Multiple Boat Trips
    • Gift Certificates

    My goal as a professional fishing guide is to exceed each client’s expectations by fishing the best areas with the strongest patterns for the species we target during our trip. I offer a hands-on guide service with personalized instruction, and I enjoy tailoring each trip to match the needs of the complete beginner to the most seasoned veteran.  I hope we can fish together sometime this season. You will see firsthand why Long Cast Guide Service is “Dedicated to helping fish make poor decisions!”

    Good Fishing,

    Capt. Kevin Long



    Please contact me at any time with questions you may have to make your trip more enjoyable!

  •  Rose Outdoors is the home of professional bass angler Mark Rose. Mark is known for his ledge fishing knowledge and is a 6 time winner in FLW competition.

    Rose is considered as one of the veterans of the FLW Tour. He won his first Tour event and dominated the field at Pickwick Lake, winning by more than 5 pounds. Throughout the years, Rose has amassed a total of over $1.5 million in earnings and has finished in the top-10 over 30 times. 2010 and 2011 were banner years for Rose as he finished third in the Angler of the Year race consecutively. 2011 also marked a career-high third-place finish at the Forrest Wood Cup.

    Rose is known as structure fishing master and an electronics aficionado, harboring several large GPS and sonar units on the front deck of his boat. Rose is also known for his love of fishing crankbaits on the Tennessee and Mississippi River systems – thus prompting on-stage references to Rose being a “river rat”. He believes that his versatility as an angler is one of his greatest strengths. As a former centerfielder for the Arkansas State University baseball team, Rose loves watching baseball when he’s not fishing. He also enjoys hunting and spending time with his daughters.

  • Randy Haynes notched his first Major win at Lake Eufuala in 2013.  He's not stranger to the stage though, Randy's won 6 times in FLW competition and once in the PAA.

    BIO

    As a small child I cut my teeth fishing farm ponds and small lakes alongside my fishing hero’s - my Dad and grandfather. From that point on I was hooked.  The passion for bass fishing is definitely in my blood.

         My hero’s taught me a lot about life like the value of honesty and a strong work ethic.  I have used these two character traits to build a successful flooring business – Haynes Hardwood Flooring.

         Even though I had the passion, I knew there was still a lot to learn about fishing.  Understanding the dynamics of larger lakes was definitely one area where I could use a little schooling.  Growing up I had very little opportunity to fish large, deep water lakes and I felt that I was at a disadvantage.

         Fortunately, I met a man that would become a very dear friend and fishing mentor, Mr. Long.  Mr. Long was generous enough to teach me everything he knew about deep water fishing.  I soaked it up like a sponge.

         In 1998 I moved to Pickwick, Tennessee and was able to put all my newfound knowledge to the test. I learned everything I could about the lake and started fishing local tournaments.  I have now awakened my second passion – tournament fishing.

         In 2008 the FLW EverStart tournament came to town and after a lot of persuading by my wife and my parents, I entered the tournament and won.  It was an awesome day, one I will never forget.

        

    Shortly thereafter, the Professional Anglers Association announced a 4-man team tournament the “Corporate Cup” on Pickwick Lake.   I became a member of the association and our team, Haynes Hardwood Flooring, won the event.

         Winning these two events and competing against some of the best anglers in the nation, ignited my dream of one day competing on the professional tours. I am now ready in my personal and professional life to make that leap.

         I will still continue to operate Haynes Hardwood Flooring under the same high standards that it’s known for, but I will also embrace new challenges and opportunities to learn more about the sport that I love so much, bass fishing.

         God has certainly blessed me in many ways, a wonderful and loving family, a successful 22-year business and the strength and ability to do what it takes to fulfill my dream.

  • Shawn won FLW's 2011 Rookie of the year and was an Everstart Central angler of the year in 2009.  He recently finished 2nd at the FLW Major tournament on Beaver Lake.

    Angling Hero Father - "He fishes local tournaments and he's the one who got me involved"
    Home Lake Herrington (KY)
    Favorite Lake Kentucky
    Least Favorite Lake Ouchita
    Favorite Technique Deep cranking
    Primary Fishing Strength Offshore
    Secondary Fishing Strength Shallow Power Fishing
    Biggest Weakness Finesse
    Boat Ranger
    Motor Evinrude
    Tow Vehicle Chevy Suburban

     

    Personal Stuff
    Favorite Food
    Mexican
    Favorite Music
    Hip-hop
    Favorite Book/Movie
    Kickboxer (movie)
    Non-Angling Hero
    Grandfather – "He taught me everything – how to drive, how to be business-oriented and a lot of other things. He was my rock."
    When Not Fishing
    "Hunting is my main hobby and I also like to play golf."
    Why He Fishes
    "For the competitiveness of it. I'm a very competitive person."

    Information from Shawn Murphy Fishing