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Stankx Squad

The Stankx Squad makes significant contributions to the success of Stankx Bait Company. The membership includes not only skilled anglers and fishing guides, but a variety of individuals who share our mission and values, have a passion for angling, abilities to reach out to anglers and specific target markets through their media involvement, promote the sport on all levels, and are willing to represent Stankx Bait Company in a positive way in everyday life.

 

Michael Dove

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Location: Brownsburg, Indiana

Mike Dove was born in Indianapolis, IN. At the age of 10, he moved with his parents to Minnesota. While living in Minnesota Mike learned how to fish. Minnesota is where he found his passion for fishing. During his high school years, Mike’s family moved back to Indiana and settled in Brownsburg, IN to start their own business.

On the weekends from spring to fall you most likely will find Mike on his boat on a lake competing in Bass Tournaments across the United States or just spending time on the water. When he is not fishing, he is volunteering his time and spreading the word of the Dove Fishing, The American Legion and The Path Home. Daily you will hear Mike promoting his sponsors.

Dove fishes with Stankx Bait Co. because he loves the quality of their products and attention to detail.

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Michael Dove

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Timm Vanderhill

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Location: Portage, Michigan

Timm Vanderhill is a professional boat rigging specialist, based at Kalamazoo's D&R Sports Center. He's often tinkering with Nitros and Trackers, and Mercury Marine. He started bass fishing around 1995, and has been hooked ever since.

Vanderhill fishes with Stankx Bait Company because is locally made and they simply CATCH FISH!! Awesome colors anglers won’t find by name brand companies, and they give anglers a sense of confidence while throwing them.

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Timm Vanderhill

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Dustin Riggs

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Location: New Castle, Indiana

Dustin Riggs is one of our staff's touring anglers who fishes in the BFL, IBF, USA Bassin, and Bassmaster Open Tournaments. He fishes from a Nitro, and enjoys fishing Lake St. Clair for smallmouths very much. He began fishing bass tournaments in 2010, and can’t get enough of it. Once the ice is off the lake you can find him someplace on the water fishing alongside his boy, Caiden. Together the Riggs fishing duo is excited to see where the future goes and have some fun along the way.

Riggs fishes with Stankx Bait Co. products because they're tough, durable, and hold some unbelievable scent that lasts with the best color combinations!

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Dustin Riggs

Dustin Riggs

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Andrew Ragas

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Location: Minocqua, Wisconsin

Andrew Ragas is privileged to be able to be out on the water over 150 days per year for both leisure and his instructional and guiding responsibilities. He is a multi-species angler who is heavily involved with the sport of fishing and everything that encompasses it through the recreational, educational, promotional, and business ends of it; living one life on the water, and another life on land. Ragas is self-employed and works full-time operating and managing his design and media company, RagasMedia and partners with Minnesota-based Rawfish Creative Group. Additionally, from May through October, he resides in Minocqua, Wisconsin where he goes bass fishing almost every day and is a professional bass fishing guide at Northwoods Bass Fishing Adventures.

Ragas originally established himself in the fishing industry as editor in-chief of Fishing-Headquarters Online Magazine which ran with bi-monthly circulation from 2010-2015. Today, he remains the manager and editor of its website that he maintains.

When not on the water or traveling, Ragas keeps busy as an influential, professional angler by building and maintaining his independent fishing websites and media outlets, and working with brands and companies to promote, compete, endorse, educate, and entertain. He is a frequent writer and columnist who contributes to a variety of online and print publications that includes Midwest Outdoors Magazine and Television, and specializes on the subjects of smallmouth bass, fishing trips and destinations, and coverage of other multi-species fishing subjects.

Ragas designs the website, and manages the online presence and marketing of Stankx Bait Company.

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Andrew Ragas

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Edward Naydihor

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Location: Kenosha, Wisconsin

Edward Naydihor is a fast up and coming Pro Bass Fisherman that exemplifies raw passion and drive. He was born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin where he cut his teeth on the superb fisheries of the north. Edward was introduced to bass fishing at a very early age by his father Edward Naydihor Sr., who was an active tournament angler himself. Ever since his early introduction to bass fishing he has been immersed into the sport. He has fished over 450 bass tournaments to date and is in pursuit to achieve his ultimate goal of fishing full-time through The Bass Federation, Bassmaster Opens and spending as much time as possible on the water pursuing his dreams and inspiring others. When Edward is not fishing, you will find him spending time with his wife and son, repairing automobiles, pursuing his dreams and inspiring others to chase theirs.

Edward excels in power fishing if he could only pick one, but in order to compete effectively he has to be fluent in them all. He fishes with Stankx Bait Co. because just visually seeing the products is impressive and is what gravitated him to the company. After speaking with the owner, Travis Crossman he could see the company is built on passion and integrity which compels him to be part of it.

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Edward Naydihor

Edward Naydihor

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Scotty Melvin

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Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Scotty Bud is a radio host and commercial voiceover guy from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He's been a tournament angler since 1996. Lake St. Clair is his favorite bass fishery, and a goldmine, but he also enjoys fishing the local waters in south-central Michigan.

Melvin currently fish tournaments twice a week in Southwest Michigan with the Double L Bait and Marine Tournament Trail, and with the Kal Valley Bass Club. He has hosted a charity Bass Tournament in Kalamazoo for the past 15 years.

A few seasons back, Melvin was given some Stankx baits to try out early on in their existence, and loved them right from the start. He found them to be very well made and effective, and favorites are Buzz Frogz and Stix.

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Scotty Melvin

Scotty Melvin

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Jaypee Hey

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Location: Chicago, Illinois

Jaypee Hey is a "hip-hop" fisherman, and our resident urban angler. He has been fishing for as long as he can remember. It got serious for him at about age 12, was a full blown addict by age 16, and has never stopped. You know they say the average male thinks about sex every 6 seconds…. Jaypee thinks about Bass fishing ABOUT EVERY 4 SECONDS.

In the realm of bass fishing, Jaypee is a staff member with Chicago's very own CAST CREW, and is one of the originating developers of Tightrope Jigs. He also competes in CAST Nation bass tournaments and has qualified for the Wisconsin B.A.S.S. Nation state championship multiple seasons.

Jaypee the Hip Hop Fisherman fishes with Stankx Bait Co. because they have great products made by great people. That is a partnership that he would like to be a part of.

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Jaypee Hey

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Jim Gronaw

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Location: Westminster, Maryland

Jim Gronaw is the quintessential multi-species angler, who shows no preference or disrespect for any fish species. He catches them all.

Gronaw caught his first bluegill when he was 5 and hasn't been the same since. He is a master of big bluegills and bluegill fishing. He enjoys all species and has been blessed to be able to write columns and articles both regionally and nationally for the past 35 years about them, with over 700 published works. Periodicals include Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, Fish & Game, Fishing Facts and regular contributor to In-Fisherman Magazine.

Gronaw's favorite fishing techniques are small plastics and jigs for panfish, and stickbaits for largemouth bass. Throughout his extensive fishing history, Gronaw has used just about all the ‘big name’ plastic baits out there, but none surpass the day-in, day-out success of the Stankx line of plastics. He is for American made products, the small-time business man and the capturing and releasing of giant bass and panfish.

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Jim Gronaw

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Chris Huff

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Location: Stockton, California

Chris Huff has been lucky enough to have a father that raised him fishing on the California Delta, and believes he is spoiled to have the Delta as a weekly playground. Huff has always had a passion for fishing and is avid in the field of multi species, but enjoys black bass fishing the most because there are so many techniques that can be employed to fool a bass into biting.

Huff fishes Stankx Bait products because they are designed and produced by a great group of individuals. The quality and texture and color combinations are nothing short of amazing. What he likes most are their customs. Crosman can produce any color imaginable and it will be made to your order.

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Chris Huff

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Nick Wiseman

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Location: Muskegon, Michigan

Nick Wiseman has lived in Muskegon his whole life and is fortunate to have great fisheries and popular tournament destinations all around him. He's been fishing tournaments since 2008 years and recently he's really stepped up his commitment, fishing 30-40 tournaments a year all over west Michigan.

Wiseman competes in Michigan's NBAA, BAM, BBT, Shorline, Never Enough Outdoors, Power Pole events.

Wiseman fishes with Stankx Bait Co. products because this is a great local company that works with anglers on anything they want. These guys are great and down to earth and the prices are even better.

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Nick Wiseman

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Nick Doumel

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Location: Crest Hill, Illinois

Nick Doumel is our resident pro kayak angler on staff, and pursues most of his catch by foot on waders, and paddle in kayak.

He was three years old when he caught his first fish. He's been addicted to fishing ever since. Bluegills progressed to river carp and then to bass. From there no species was safe! Doumel truly can’t say that he has one favorite species to target. Wherever he is fishing whether on the lakes and ponds or rivers of Illinois, to Lake Michigan, his target is almost always the largest predatory species in that water.

Doumel's watercraft is Hobie Kayaks, and he fishes in the Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Series, and other Great Lakes salmon and sportfish events, plus various kayak-only events.

Doumel fishes with Stankx Bait Co. products because he's been a fan of their plastics since day one. The product is stellar on all levels including price, quality, color options, and – the most important – fish catching ability. Being able to represent StankX is something he can do with complete confidence and passion.

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Nick Doumel

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