Most agree this Michigan native is the best professional bass angler that has ever lived. Inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in 2018, Kevin has won 25 Pro Tournaments, won 4 Bassmaster Classics, and 7 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Titles. So, describing him as the greatest of all time becomes hard to argue. He’s a class act, highly articulate, and has a work ethic that’s rarely outmatched. He loves all Detroit sports teams, and sharing time in the outdoors with his twin teenage sons.
Oct 14, 1967
(children) Nicholas, Jackson
Deer Hunting, attending NASCAR and Detroit Lions and Tigers games.
2018 Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee
25x Pro Tournament Champion
3 MLF Tournament Wins
4x Bassmaster Classic Champion
7x Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year
Top 10 Pro Tournament Finishes: 121
Top 20 Pro Tournament Finishes: 185
Career earnings: $6.8 Million
Known for his cooking skills as well as his gifted ability to locate large schools of bass, Terry “Big Show” Scroggins might just win the Mr. Congeniality award if pro fishing had one. The upbeat Florida native is quick to lend his mechanical mind to fix just about anything he or fellow pros tear up along their 40,000 miles of travel each year. Scroggins is truly one of the best in the world, his nearly $2 Million in prize earnings prove it, and his super-friendly demeanor makes him a friend to all he meets. If you want to know a killer grill recipe, how to catch anything that swims in fresh or saltwater, or need help changing the spark plugs in your lawnmower, then “Big Show” is your guy. Which is why fans and fellow Pros alike all look up to him.
Nov 18, 1968
(children) Kristi, Jonathon
Saltwater fishing, chillin', and grillin
5x Pro Tournament Champion
11x in the Bassmaster Classic
Top 10 Pro Tournament Finishes: 47
Top 20 Pro Tournament Finishes: 73
Career Earnings: $1.9 Million
Without a doubt, Swindle is the funniest pro angler, and very possibly the most hilarious person you’ve ever met. Street smart with a country farmer’s work ethic, his humor is complimented by a great heart, as well as a very impressive 18 Bassmaster Classic appearances, and $2.5 Million in cash prize earnings – and one of only 11 men in history to win more than one Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Titles. When not fishing, the very fit former 3-sport athlete is either in a tree stand hunting whitetails or on a summer beach with his bride LeAnn.
Dec 17, 1969
(wife) Le Ann,
Deer Hunting, Health and Fitness, Auto Restoration
2x Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year
2 Pro Tournament Wins
18x in the Bassmaster Classic
Top 10 Pro Tournament Finishes: 55
Top 20 Pro Tournament Finishes 95
Career earnings: $2.1 Million
A proud native of Philadelphia, Iaconelli graduated college with honors and has parlayed his passionate screams of celebration, urban style, and occasional heat-of-the battle temper into one of the most authentic fan followings in the sport. The heavily tattooed former break dancer has won $3.1 Million, including the 2003 Bassmaster Classic. Iaconelli loves old school rap, his ground wire of a wife, Becky, and his four children. He’s also passionate about introducing / passing along the sport of fishing to youth, in particular in urban areas, where kids might not have the exposure and opportunity. He and his wife started The Ike Foundation to reach inner-city youth and introduce them to fishing and the outdoors.
Jun 17, 1972
(children) Drew, Rylie, Vegas and Estella
Hangin' with the family, Collecting antique ink bottles, Philadelphia pro sports
10x Pro Tournament Champion
2 MLF Tournament Wins
2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion
Top 10 Pro Tournament Finishes: 86
Top 20 Pro Tournament Finishes: 130
Career earnings: $3.2 Million
Brandon Lester is truly one of bass fishing’s brightest young stars, and he has been a loyal Tundra owner during his short, but illustrious career, that includes 17 Top 10 nearly 30 Top 20 and 5 Bassmaster Classics.
The father of two loves spending time with his family, and also can be found building fishing rods which is his passion, and he uses those rods during competition. His hard working, “do it yourself” work ethic and attitude, coupled with talent, ensures this young angler will continue to be successful and flourish in his pro angling career.
April 7, 1988
(children) Leann & Shiloh
Rod building, Deer hunting, Turkey hunting
1x Pro Tournament Champion
6x in the Bassmaster Classic
Top 10 Pro Tournament Finishes: 20
Top 20 Pro Tournament Finishes: 35
Career earnings: $700K
This Indiana native who now lives in Tennessee has won several large profile tournaments at a young age. At age 20, he became the youngest angler to ever win the highly competitive BFL All American, and then forever staked his claim as one of the most special young talents in competitive fishing history when he won the prestigious FLW Cup at only age 22. Wheeler has since fished professionally on the Bassmaster Elite Series where he won two more Pro tournaments, and currently is fishing the MLF Bass Pro Tour where he won a Bass Pro Tour Tournament at Table Rock in 2019.
September 18, 1990
2 MLF Bass Pro Tour Wins
5 MLF Wins
3x in the Bassmaster Classic
Top 10 Pro Tournament Finishes: 33
Top 20 Pro Tournament Finishes: 41
Career earnings: $2.2 Million
Matt Arey passed his driver’s test 23 years ago in a Toyota truck. He has won nearly $1 Million in his pro angling career to date, still towing with a Toyota truck across America to and from tournaments. Arey was a 3-Time FLW Pro Tournament Champion, qualified for the FLW Tour Championship 11 of the 12 years he was an FLW Tour Pro, was an FLW Cup Champion, and had 24 Top 10 FLW finishes. Arey fished the Bassmaster Elite Pro Series for the first time in 2019, and he had 2 Top 10 finishes and 6 Top 20 finishes. When not competing in Elite tournaments, you’ll find Arey spending time with his wife and daughter in the scenic outdoors in NC.
Shelby, North Carolina
March 2, 1971
(children) Reese & Wren
Bowhunting, turkey hunting
2 Top 10 finishes Bassmaster Elite Series (‘19)
3x Pro Tournament Champion
Qualified 11 out of 12 years as an FLW Pro for the FLW Cup Championship
Top 10 Pro Tournament Finishes: 28
Top 20 Pro Tournament Finishes: 10 (’19 / ’20 as Bassmaster Elite Pro)
Career earnings: $1 million