John Gills

I was raised in Southern West Virginia and my dad raised me to love the outdoors with a special love for the water and fishing. In 25 years I’ve fished almost every major water way on the east coast from Claytor Lake in Virginia to Lake Okeechobee in Florida to Lake Fort Phantom in Texas, and to every little pond and creek I could find. I am a United States Air Force veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. After my tour in the military I returned home to West Virginia and now I am serving my community as a Deputy Sheriff with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. I have been deep sea fishing, pier fishing, surf fishing, and flats fishing off the East coast of Florida. My current days find me in my kayak on local lakes, and rivers fishing in bass tournaments. I am the Vice President and Co-Founder of the Mountain State Kayak Anglers. I am a member of the Kayak Mafia, (KBF Nation) and a team leader on Kayak Wars. I am also starting the West Virginia chapter of Heroes on the Water getting Veterans’ out kayak fishing.