Jacob Wheeler’s success began at a young age in the junior fishing programs where he captured angler-of-the-year and state championship titles, top ten finishes and Junior Bassmaster Classic appearances. In 2010, Wheeler finished 1st place in his first FLW Outdoors BFL division level tournament and continued to qualify for the 2011 BFL All-American. In 2011, Wheeler made history as the youngest angler, 20 years old, to win the BFL All-American and he won with a wire-to-wire win. In 2012, his rookie year on tour, he dominated the competition with a wire-to-wire win at the FLW Outdoors Forest Wood Cup and entered the record books again as the youngest angler to win. Jacob Wheeler is a 2x Angler of the Year and an 8x Major League Fishing Champion.

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Jacob Wheeler

Kyle Welcher

Alabamian Kyle Welcher believes that competing in a bass tournament is a bigger gamble than playing poker. Considering that this 25-year-old bass addict supports himself solely by tournament fishing and playing Texas hold ’em, his opinion is based on personal experience. “Poker is a lot more math based because I know exactly how many cards are in the deck,” Welcher said. “Going into a tournament, I don’t know for certain where the bass are or what they are about to do.” Welcher is passionate about both of his professions, but bass fishing is his first love. Kyle Welcher is the 2023 Bassmaster Angler of the Year.

Hunter’s path to fishing competitively is different than most. While most of the names you hear in this sport have held a fishing rod in their hands since they were young kids, this was not the case for Hunter. He raced motocross from a very young age and started racing professionally at the age of 16. Hunter competed against the best of the best in the AMA Outdoor Nationals and AMA Supercross Series. Injuries and lack of sponsors helped him make the decision to retire early from racing at the age of 21. Hunter Shryock competes in the Bassmaster Elite Series.

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Hunter Shryock


Brent Butler

“God first, family, fishing, outdoors,” Brent Butler always says, “All I ever wanted to do was compete. I may never be able to do it for a living and that’s okay. I’m content.” That desire to compete began early in Butler’s life, ever since he saw a Bassmaster tournament on TV for the first time. “I used to walk the banks with my dad,” he recalls. “He would take me to the local Thursday night tournament whenever I was 13 or 14 years, and I would stand there with two rods in my hand just wanting to compete … I got turned down so much, but I didn’t quit. I said, ‘someday you’ll know who I am.” HCB Yachts partnered with experience-enabling, product expert and professional angler, Brent Butler to build the most revolutionary bass boat to date.

Chuck Pippin began his career as a Bass fishing guide in 1997 on West Lake Toho and the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, during his junior year at the University of Central Florida. After graduating, he moved to Clewiston, Florida and spent 5 years as a guide at Roland Martin’s Marina on Lake Okeechobee. During this time, he began his career as a professional tournament angler fishing both the FLW Tour and the B.A.S.S. Southern Opens. In October of 2002, he moved back to the Orlando Florida area to continue his guiding career on West Lake Tohopekaliga, the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and other Orlando area lakes. To this day, he continues to do approximately 300+ charters per year. “I still thoroughly enjoy the sport of Bass fishing.” Chuck Pippin is a key member of the iKon Family.

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Chuck Pippin

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas. also known as the Bob Ueker of bass fishing, brings a stout resume to Ultimate Match Fishing. After a 25-plus year career on both the Bassmasters and FLW circuits, highlighted by a landmark All-American victory in ’90 that saw Thomas cash one of the first 100K checks in the sport, Thomas has made the ultra-smooth transition to television. Calling play-by-play for Ultimate Match Fishing is just part of his job. He also hosts the critically acclaimed program Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors on Outdoor Channel. In his spare time, he hosts the legendary hunting series American Archer, also seen on Outdoor Channel. As a matter of fact, Thomas completed the North American 29, which you can see on MyOutdoorTV. It’s a little known fact that Thomas doesn’t sleep. Ever.

It was Jimmy Houston who suggested Josh Jones start guiding for crappie. “Jimmy is a good friend of mine, and he called me up and said, ‘Hey, you are catching more fish than anyone I know. Let’s go do a show,’” Jones said. “We went out and filmed a show, and he suggested I start guiding.” In the past year, the Sapulpa angler’s crappie guide business has exploded, mostly due to the fishing videos he has posted on his Facebook page. His videos have been viewed about 2.5 million times on Facebook and attracted customers from Minnesota to Alabama. Josh Jones guides for crappie on many Oklahoma lakes, but his favorites are Skiatook, Keystone and Birch.

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Josh Jones

Kyle Hall

At just 24-years old Kyle Hall is not only a highly competitive angler on the pro circuit with notable sponsors, but also owns and operates his own storefront business in Granbury, Texas with the launch of Tri-Lakes Tackle Town in early 2021. Kyle’s first PRO Circuit tour is a testament to the effort and determination to succeed he applies to all aspects of his life. Launching his pro career with a 142nd-place finish at Sam Rayburn Reservoir didn’t deter Kyle’s spirit. He rapidly moved up the ranks ending 10th in overall points and was awarded Major League Fishing FLW Rookie of the Year for 2021. Kyle believes in giving back to the community. The love of the outdoors and of fishing that was instilled in Kyle as a kid is never far from his mind. Wanting others to have these same opportunities, he started a charity for local kids to promote and sponsor competitive fishing for children and teens.

Nevan started fishing in 8th grade and tournament fishing in 9th grade. He has been fishing on the pro level for three years as a co angler. One year for BASSMASTER and Two Years for the MLF Toyota Series. He has fished in high school all four years where this year he accomplished Angler of the year in Texas Bass Nation. His journey to go fish in college was a long and hard one. With the competition getting better every year, you simply just must out work them. Time on the water is the biggest key and he thinks that’s where his iKon steps into play because he can trust his boat and the over fishability allows him to get better every time on the water. He is currently committed to LSUS and will be attending in the Fall. Outside of tournament fishing, he guides and helps the youth as much as he can getting into the sport. He works at Tri Lakes Tackle Town or working horses and cattle for my family’s ranches well. He is also a huge family man, so he spends a lot of time with them.

His favorite quote is Proverbs 12:24

“Work Hard and Become a Leader. Be Lazy and Become a Slave”

Nevan Osburn

Chris Keeble

Keeble’s dad and Papaw started taking him fishing by the time he could walk, later his papaw bought a 19ft aluminum boat and that’s when him and his dad started getting Keeble into bass fishing on Ft Loudon Lake. By the time he was 10 or 11 Keeble was fishing local tournaments with his dad and fell in love with the competition. From there it grew into High School tournaments, where Brent Butler was also the fishing coach at the school he fished for. After graduation he began fishing the Bassmaster Opens chasing the dream of qualifying for the Elite Series. Keeble came up with the original Idea for “The Lodge with a Garage” and has been with the family-owned operation ever since. Since PB Lodge opened on Lake Chickamauga in March of 2021 Keeble has overseen all day-to-day operations as well as marketing campaigns and customer relations. As of January 2024, he has been working with launching PB Lodge into the endeavor of franchising and growing the brand nationwide.


“At some point you dreamed of this” he had a mentor in the fishing industry tell him this several years ago after a bad finish at his first ever Bass Open, he reminded Keeble of when he was in high school how bad he wanted to just have a shot at getting to chase his dream and whether it was a good event or a bad event. Ever since then that has constantly reminded Keeble of the passion he has for the sport and what got him started.

Originally from a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, Braden started fishing in middle school with his brother at the neighborhood ponds every day after school. This quickly progressed into a passion for the sport of bass fishing, leading him to fish his first tournament in high school. Braden ended up winning this tournament which gave him a berth to fish the high school national championship. Needless to say, this instilled a lifelong love for tournament fishing that he continued to pursue into his college career. Braden instantly joined the bass fishing team at The Ohio State University, where he was met with some of his greatest friendships, fishing opportunities, and connections. Making the leap from local fishing to national level tournaments is what has contributed most to the growth of Braden as an angler, eventually leading to his first top 10 against the stout field of college anglers. Through the connections made in college, Braden was able to get involved with the iKon family and it just felt right.

“They set a new bar in the bass boat industry backed by a welcoming and knowledgeable team.” – Braden Cox

“One quote that has stuck with me through the years is one from my father, saying ‘Anything worth doing is worth doing well.’ I feel as if this quote both speaks to the mindset of iKon Boats, as well as the beginning of my fishing career.” – Braden Cox

Braden Cox

Cameron Smith

Cameron started fishing at a young age. He grew up fishing in his great grandparent’s farm pond with his family. He fell in love with fishing instantly and started fishing competitively at the age of 11. Cameron has grown up in or around central Ohio all his life, but his multitude of fishing adventures have allowed him to travel and experience fishers all over the country. Cameron competed in both youth and high school tournaments for 8 years, competing in 3 national championships for high school as well as winning a state championship his senior year. His tournament experience at Ohio State has been one of his favorite decisions ever. The friends and connections he made will last a lifetime and hopefully help him continue his pursuit of professional bass fishing after college. Outside of tournament fishing Cameron loves to hunt in the winter months, it usually gets too cold to fish in Ohio during the winter. He grew up both hunting and fishing for as long as he can remember.

“Through mutual connections I got the chance to meet the team at iKon and it felt more like a family than a company. This along with their passion to provide the highest quality bass boat in the market made me fall in love with the company and I am proud to represent them wherever I go.” – Cameron Smith

“My favorite quote would be: ” If it’s meant to happen then it will happen”, this is something my dad and I discuss prior to a tournament no matter of the practice I have. All you can do is go give it your 110% and see how it shakes out at the end.” – Cameron Smith

Christian qualified for the MLF Pro Circuit in 2021 in his first season fishing the Toyota Series. His second Pro Circuit event he won on the Harris Chain. He won the AOY in the Toyota Series in 2022 and won the Toyota Series event on the Potomac in 2023. He always loved fishing from an early age. His dad would take his brother and him fishing at the neighborhood park and when they would vacation at the beach. In middle school he started getting into pond fishing with some buddies from school and that’s when he realized professional fishing was a thing. From then on that’s all he wanted to do. He started his YouTube channel 4 years ago to start documenting his fishing tournaments and help market himself to potential sponsors. Christian has documented every tournament he’s fished since then and posted the videos to his channel. It’s always cool when he sees people at tackle shops or the boat ramp who come up to Christian and say they watch his videos!

“I just want to be a good example to any kids who might watch my YouTube videos and show them that whatever their dreams are can be possible.” – Christian Greico

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Christian Greico

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