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Canoe Kentucky's Pro Fishing Team
Team Member/Jackson Kayak Team Member
BIO: T.J. Strong has lived in Lexington all his life and has always had a love for the outdoors. He started fishing at a young age at neighborhood and farm ponds, but took a few years off before he discovered the sport of kayak fishing. He is most comfortable in the creeks and flowing waters of Central Kentucky where he enjoys chasing the hard fighting smallmouth bass. His tournament experience began in 2012 at the River Bassin' tournament in Frankfort. Since then, he has recorded 8 tournament wins with the biggest being in the 3rd annual Lake Cumberland Kayak Finishing Tournament and the inaugural Elkhorn Creek Classic. In 2013 T.J. helped put together and run the Bluegrass Yakmasters a kayak fishing club in central Kentucky. T.J. is also a member of the Jackson Kayak and Dobyns Rods fishing team.
BIO: Adam is a native of Kentucky, and has lived here for most of his life. He started fishing at a very young age, and soon found a love for targeting black bass of any kind, particularly smallmouth bass. He has worked at Orvis, one of the most notable fly-fishing companies in the world, and is the manager at Canoe Kentucky. Throughout the many years of fishing, he's learned the importance of stealth, conservation, and finding areas that are not accessible by big boats - which ultimately brought him to kayak fishing! Not only is it an extremely cost-effective sport, gives the angler a chance to get exercise, but it also gives him access to large bass that may have never seen an angler or a lure!
He is a founding member of the Bluegrass Yakmasters, one of the largest kayak fishing clubs in the United States. He also works to facilitate the Elkhorn Creek Kayak Fishing Series put on by Canoe Kentucky. You can even book him as a guide for the Elkhorn if you're wanting to learn the ins-and-outs of how to target fish in a creek, and better learn your new kayak! Email him at email@example.com with any questions you may have!
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BIO: Tim grew up in the Chicago suburbs in the 60's and 70's and really didn't have much opportunity to fish as a child. Most of the waters around him were badly polluted and his few fishing excursion's were with his grandfathers and uncles in Wisconsin and Missouri. This deprivation probably helps explain his current obsession with fishing. Within the last 5 years he has really become serious about the sport, and has especially come to love kayak fishing, so much so that he helped found Bluegrass Yakmasters in 2012. Starting out at age 49 proves you're never too old to start, and it's not where you start, but where you finish. You generally can find him in any of his free time away from work and the farm on the South Fork of the Licking River, the Elkhorn or anywhere else where there are smallmouth to be caught.
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BIO: Matt's been fishing since he was 8. Three years ago he got turned on to the sport of Kayak fishing. Ever since then, he's been hooked! In his first year, he fished in a single River Bassin Tournament and placed in the top five. Two years ago he fished in the Elkhorn Creek Fishing Series sponsored by Canoe Kentucky and placed third overall in points and tallied one win. Last year, he helped to found the Bluegrass Yakmasters, a fishing club dedicated to growing the sport and protecting its natural resources. The club boosts over 70 members. He was extremely blessed to win angler of the year in both the Elkhorn Creek Fishing Series, and the Bluegrass Yakmasters, tallying eight wins. This year is Matt's first year on the Canoe Kentucky Pro Fishing Team. You can generally find him on the Elkhorn Creek fishing out of his Native Slayer 12 that he won through the Elkhorn Creek FIshing Series last year.
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BIO: Joe has been a sports guy his whole life. If it involves play, he is in. So much so that he even holds a job as teacher and coach at Louisville Country Day School. He got into the sport of kayak fishing about three years ago, and has not looked back. His biggest reason for getting out on the water is his kids. His daughter Taylor has participated by Joe's side in pretty much every single kayak fishing tournament he's entered, and has become quite the young fisherwoman, even winning her own kayak during a River Bassin Tournament here last year! Joe even switched over to the NuCanoe Frontier last year so that his kids could go with him. Like many of the other Canoe Kentucky Pro Fishing Team members, Joe is also a founding member of the Bluegrass Yakmasters kayak fishing club. This will be Joe's 3rd year on the Pro Fishing team, and it will also be his 2nd year as part of Nucanoe's Fishing Team.
BIO: Tommy has been kicking around the water of central Kentucky for all his life, using them for fishing, hunting and recreation. Tommy spent his career as a Lexington Police officer, from where he retired. In retirement, he has been able to spend more time on the water. His two favorite holes are Elkhorn Creek and Stoner Creek. He has spent a lot of his career teaching skills to people who need them, so he is definitely a great one to learn from... granted he is really, really good at B.S.! You will find Tommy on the water often, and he will put most men to shame when it comes to fishing. His stories are good stories, but usually true! Tommy is now the proud new owner of an awesome deck boat down on the Florida coast. It seems his biggest decisions are whether to fish the Elkhorn, or head down south and fish the waters off the Florida coast. Not a bad life!