Pro Fishing Staff

Scott Cooke

SCOTT COOKE
Hometown:
Marengo, Ohio
Sponsors: Ranger,Knox Marine, Evinrude, Kistler Rods, Powerpole, Lowrance, MinnKota
Favorite Technique: Drop Shotting
Favorite Lake: Lake Champlain
Accolades: 2008 BFL Buckeye Division Indian Lake 3rd place and Ranger Cup Winner, 2009
OBF Regional Championship – Indian Lake - 1st place
BASS Weekend Series Division Championship – Lake Erie – 1st Place, 2012
BWS – Division Championship – Lake Erie – 1st Place,2013
TBF Regional Championship – Rocky Fork – 2nd Place
TBF State Championship – Lake Erie – 4th Place (Qualified for Ohio State Team, 2014
TBF Northern Division (Ohio State Team) – Detroit River – 1st Place Ohio
TBF State Championship – Rocky Fork – 9th Place (Qualified for Ohio State Team)


Jim Vitaro

JIM VITARO
Hometown:
Wooster, Ohio
Sponsors: Lucas Oil, Ranger Boats, Knox Marine, Evinrude, Strike King, Shimano, GLoomis, Raymarine, Gamma Line, Power Pole, Bass Mafia, Stormr
Favorite Technique: Topwater
Favorite Lake: Kentucky Lake/ Lake Champlain, NY


Jeff Carpenter

JEFF CARPENTER
Hometown:
West Mansfield Ohio
Sponsors: Knox Marine, Ranger Boats,Mercury Pro Team,Elliot Farms, MWN Logging
Favorite Technique: Flipping/Pitching
Favorite Lake: Kentucky/Barkley
Accolades: Top 5 OMC state qualifier at Lake Erie, OMC nationals at Old Hickory, Kokosing opens 3 top 5 finishes, NBAA 3rd place at deer creek,Salmoides 1st place at Alum Creek, 2nd & 3rd place at Buckeye lake,3rd place at St Marys,9th place at Kentucky lake, Capital 2nd place at St Marys, State Eagles 2nd place at St Marys & 2- 3rd place finishes at St Marys,
State Moose 2nd place at Indian lake,BFL 2 top 10 finishes and Mega Bucks 2 day 2nd place at St Marys


Jerry Smith

JERRY SMITH
Hometown:
Pickerington, Ohio
Sponsors: Ranger Boats , Knox Marine, Mercury Marine , Cashion Rods , Venom Lures, Krieger Ford, Lews Reels
Favorite Technique: Targeting Shallow bass , throwing Top-water lures
Favorite Lake: Close to home Indian Lake or Lake Erie.
Out of state , Kentucky lake would be my choice with out a doubt
Accolades: To list individual accolades in such a humbling sport , well it could be a long, long wait !!! However, it's not about that for me. I've had several top tens, with some wins sprinkled in here and there.
Fishing the Forrest Wood Cup was awesome and traveling to some of the nations best lakes and fishing with the top anglers is something I wish you could all experience.
Nothing though compares to tournament day , being with people you have developed relationships with and grass roots fishing right here at home.
The friendships , dock talk and don't forget smack talk , are my accolades.


Jamie Norman

JAMI NORMAN
Hometown:
Sunbury, Ohio
Sponsors: Evinrude, Ranger, Knox Marine, Krieger Ford, Englefield oil, K&D Auto glass, Vances Outdoors, Venom Lures, Fisherman's HQ, J&T Vinyl Graphics, boat things, Moors Resort, ACT Lures, WK Outboard Motor Jacks
Favorite Technique: Froggin!
Favorite Lake: Champlain, NY and in Ohio Mosquito Lake
Accolades: Capitol Bass Tournament Trail (Points champion), Back to Back Salmoides Points Champion, Ohio Mega Bass Tournament Trail Points Champion, Southeast Ohio Lakes Tournament Trail Points Champion, Ohio Mega Bass Tournament Trail Classic Champions KY Lake, Southeast Ohio Lakes Tournament Trail Classic Champion Tappan/Senecca, Fishers Of Men Regional Chapionship Champion KY Lake, Fishers Of Men National Champion Sam Rayburn,TX, 2006 Bassmaster Elite Series qualifier


Jason Root

JASON ROOT
Hometown:
Fostoria, Ohio
Sponsors: Crown Battery, Knox Marine, Reineke Family Dealership, First Choice Packaging Solutions, Welty Financial Services, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Power Pole, Missile Baits, Jack-it Products, Hookerz Tackle, Alien Fishing Apparal, Solar Bat Sunglasses
Favorite Technique: Crankbait/Jerkbait
Favorite Lake: Lake Champlain
Accolades: 2012 FLW BFL - Michigan Division Points 2nd Place, GLLS Champion, BFL, Michigan Division Lake St Clair, Detroit River- Super Tournament 3rd Place, BASS Open- Lake Erie 3rd Place


Mike Defibaugh

MIKE DEFIBAUGH
Hometown
: Bellefontaine, Ohio

Sponsors: Ranger Boats, Knox Marine, Reef Runner fishing lures, Lakeside Pro Bass Shop

Favorite Technique: Blade Baits

Favorite Lake: Lake Erie

Accolades: Cabela’s National Walleye Tour Pro Angler

2017 Cabela’s NWT Huron, OH: 1st place

2016 Cabela’s National Team Championship (NTC) – 3rd place

2016 Cabela’s NTC - Big Bag Day 1 and Day 3

2016 Mid-Ohio Saugeye Trail – 1st Place Team of the Year

2016 Western Ohio Walleye Circuit – Championship Winner