Dave Kooser is an accomplished multispecies fisherman who recently found a renewed interest in competitive fishing via kayaks. As a power boating tournament fisherman, Dave won the Colorado Walleye Association Angler of the Year in back to back years competing in the CWA circuit. He has competed in the MWC as well as the Cabelas National Team Championship. His travels pursuing walleye include states like Minnesota, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, Texas (yes, Texas has walleye) and his home state of Colorado. Dave has held just about every position in the CWA from President to Chapter Director. Dave is also on Lowrance’s Pro Staff and primarily covers the newly opened Bass Pro in Colorado Springs, CO. His vocation as an Information Technology Project Manager blends well with analytical skills, keen interest in technology, fishing and the best marine electronics available on the market; all which become evident in both his kayak and boat electronics setups. His future interests on the water include starting up a kayak tournament circuit with a handful of other kayakers in Colorado for the 2015 season. Dave has assumed the role of Tournament Director for the Colorado Kayak Fishing Club. His other interests are helping to spread the kayak tournament bug that is going strong everywhere in the United States. As a boating tournament competitor Dave quickly realized that boat control is one of the most critical components to success. Native Watercraft, specifically the Slayer Propel 13 is the ultimate fishing platform to allow for boat control and proper lure presentation. Feel free to reach out to Dave through Native Watercraft, his FaceBook page or by stopping into the Colorado Springs Bass Pro store, Marine department
A Florida resident for over forty years, Brad’s Love of fishing began before he was ten years old. He began scouring the local ponds, lakes, canals, and creeks of Broward and Dade counties in pursuit of anything that would chase a lure. Over the past twenty years his focus has been fishing the Florida Panhandle in both freshwater and saltwater. His love of fishing and his appreciation of nature spawned his venture into kayak fishing. Whether he’s tossing a fly for Largemouth Bass, or stalking Redfish and Trout with artificial hardbaits in the backwaters of Florida’s Forgotten Coast, you will find Brad on the water every chance he gets. When not on the water, you can find Brad at www.fcka.net participating in demos, monthly tournaments, and spreading the word about kayak fishing!
Keith is a freelance photographer and outdoor writer that has worked with the kayak industry since the mid 1980s. He started paddling as a teen in the early ’70s and has fished all of his life
Ben is a self-taught angler who learned from experience while fishing the waters where he grew up in East Tennessee, and he is extremely passionate about what he does. He is an advocate of safe boating practices, catch and release, and proper fish handling techniques. He is constantly in the hunt for a personal best but is just as happy to enjoy a day on the water. Ben currently resides in Northwest Arkansas and is a founding member of the Arkansas Kayak Anglers Fishing Club and the RazorYak Tournament Trail. He also serves as coordinator, editor, and contributor for the OMTC Fishing Club Arkansas. Besides his contributions to AKA and OMTC, Ben is a ProStaff member for Ozark Mountain Trading Company as well as Golden’s Baits (owned and operated by a current Native Pro Staffer, Gerrad Golden.) Ben’s fishing experience extends through a broad range of species, locations, tactics, and techniques. He tries to split his time between rivers and lakes as well as trying to make it to the coast at least once a year. Ben is proficient and knowledgeable with both conventional and fly tackle and rigs his boats and equipment to meet his needs for any given situation. Ben is very active in his community and enjoys reaching out. He is glad to offer any tips or tricks one may need and is always ready to hit the water.