Mike Hoffman of Superior, Wisconsin has been professionally Icefishing across the ice belt since 2008. In 2013 Mike won the North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAIFC) national championship that was held on Mille Lacs Lake in northern Minnesota. Mike is also a member of the USA Icefishing team and fished competitively over seas in Ukraine. He is now taking his hard water experiences to the open water. Fishing in tournaments on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan for salmon and various inland lakes and rivers for walleyes. Mike is dedicated to the sport of fishing; he will do what ever it takes to find and land big fish – that is his passion.
Mike has over 13 top ten finishes in his tournament career.
Sammy Cappelli of Poland, Ohio has 30 years experience on Lake Erie and inland lakes. He started fishing Lake Erie at age 16. He has almost 30 years experience fishing walleye tournaments across the great lakes region. He’s done several fishing shows that aired on STO (Sports Time Ohio) with D’Arcy Eagan and Cleveland Browns’ Joe Thomas. He does about 3-4 walleye seminars every year at sport shows and Gander Mountain stores. His team won the points in 2016 for Ohio Walleye Federation as well as Walleye Madness. His team were points champions for the last 3 years for Walleye Madness. He’s a 13 time Cabelas National Team Championship qualifier. His son and he won the AYA regional championship and won a Lund boat, motor and trailer. He’s been in several articles for fishing in different outdoor magazines and news papers.
- Ohio Walleye Federation (member since 2001)
- Walleye Madness (member for 5 years)
- Cabelas Masters Walleye Circuit
- Berlin Lake Association Walleye Tournaments (co-founder)
- New Eastern Walleye Club (fished tournaments for last 10 years)
- LEWT (fished 3 years)
Joe Whitten of Toledo, Ohio has been fishing professionally since 2000. In his first NAWA tournament on Lake Erie Joe won 1st place. Since then while fishing the FLW Walleye Tour Joe has 3 top five finishes for angler of the year, in his first four years of fishing including a runner up finish in 2003. Only two other anglers fishing the FLW can claim that accomplishment in 13 years of fishing!
Joe Whitten has over 20 top ten finishes in his career while fishing the FLW, MWC, Gator Classic, NAWA, and LEWT events. In 2010, Joe and his wife Mary won the husband and wife team of the year in the Master Walleye Circuit’s Eastern Division.