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Born and raised in Northern California, Mike Barton, age 52, is an avid outdoorsman who has had a passion for fishing since he was a young kid. His favorite pastime is trout fishing for “Walter,” the elusive HUGE brown trout, that’s lurking in a lake in the High Sierras. He looks forward to throwing Silver Skalez’s Dizzy Devil red, silver, or blue lure on his favorite mountain lake in his Hobie kayak. When not fishing, Mike enjoys spending time with his family at his home near Sacramento, California, follows professional fishing, plays the occasional round of golf, and dreams of his next hunting trip. He’s anxious to retire and start his “real career” as a pro fisherman
Michael Raptakis is from Sacramento, CA. The fishing that he does most is river and ocean Salmon fishing. His favorite Silver Skalez Tackle lure would be a custom Salmon Spinner that was created with a silver top blade and chartreuse bottom blade with the cotton candy pearls. He says "If it wasn't for the custom, I would say my go to spinner would be the Yellow Jacket." He is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Silver Skalez Tackle Pro Staff Team.
Martin Van Eeden lives in Beautiful British Columbia , Canada. Martin has been an avid trout, salmon, and kokanee fisherman since he was a little kid. His dad taught him everything he knows about how to catch fish and Martin says he owes him dearly for it . Martin has a huge love for kokanee fishing and says he can never get enough of those silver bullets. He runs a large fishing group on Facebook called Kokanee Kings, and always tries to keep up on new, awesome tackle. Martin says "Silver Skalez Tackle has really set the bar and I'm very proud to be part of the family and show everyone how great their tackle works!!!"
Joe Heinlen is from Toutle, Washington and is the owner of Lake Chelan Adventures. Him and his partner Mark Lippincott provide guided fishing adventures on Lake Chelan for land locked Chinook Salmon, lake trout, cut throat trout and kokanee. He has been guiding Lake Chelan for over 20 years and is a very reputable and knowledgeable guide in his area. His passion in life is and always will be fishing over most everything. His go to product are the Silver Skalez Tackle Dragon Glow Dodgers which light up the waters at the depths he trolls which can be upwards of 400 feet.
Daniel Tartaglia resides in Reedley, CA and is 36 years old and a proud father of four. Daniel enjoys going after landlocked king salmon and big rainbows at “our home lake” Pine Flat Reservoir. However when fall arrives, Salmon fever kicks in and he sets up their mobile base camp for the entirety of the season. Daniel spends his time along the Sacramento River using his go to spinners from Silver Skalez Tackle. "These spinners are just what ya need to catch fish. Beautifully crafted and deadly effective. My go to colors are chartreuse, cotton candy and blue steel."
Jared lives in the center of the Midwest in a little town named Ida Grove IA. Jared grew up in Nebraska with a lake in his front yard and a river in the back yard. Jared also lived in Minnesota for 16 years and was a Clam Pro Staff Member for a long time and became great friends with a lot of the worlds top fishermen. Jared has done many shows and exhibitions across the U.S. and Canada for ice fishing, freshwater, and saltwater fishing, he was also a guide in Minnesota for many of years. Jared says "I just flat out love to fish! My favorite lure is a Silver Skalez Tackle Ice Glow Jig in both tungsten and lead."
Kenny Jones lives in Boise Idaho and has lived in Idaho most of his life. Kenny enjoys fishing for Salmon, Steelhead, Kokanee, Bass, Crappie, Perch, Catfish, Sturgeon, and his favorite is Trout. Kenny fishes in Cascade Lake in summer and fishes Anderson Ranch for Kokanee and land locked salmon. Kenny enjoys traveling to new areas to learn new techniques and then sharing with others. Kenny’s go to for trout is Silver Skalez Tackle’s Melon Burst M-Pex paired with a pink Splatter Paint Dodger. For Kokanee, he runs a Silver Skalez Tackle Koko Leaf in red prism or glow pink. When not fishing, Kenny is either with family or sleeping, dreaming of his next fishing trip.
RJ Schulze was born and raised in Northern California, and has been fishing the mother lode lakes since he was old enough to hold a rod. He is primarily a bass fisherman, but also chases fall stripers and native trout from time to time. He has been fishing competitively for the last 4 years. He primarily fishes the Mother Lode lakes, but also competes and fishes on the California Delta. He awesome work schedule allows him to be able to be on the water a few times a week.
Dave Habets is a 41 year old avid fisherman based out of Salt Lake City. He has been chasing Kokanee for over 10 years and the big lake trout for the last 8 years. Dave likes to fish Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Strawberry Reservoir, or any place he can get out and fish. When Dave is on his boat he recommends the Silver Skalez Tackle Glow Eye Dodgers in pink or silver paired with the Nano Shrimp in lilac rose, pink grass, or hot pink and tipped with one pink and one green Gulp maggot on each hook. For those who want to target the Kokanee through the ice, Dave recommends the Teardrop Dodger in cracked glow or silver paired with either the pink ghost or pink frost squid tipped with the green and pink maggots.
Mitchell McClelland is from a small town called Bellrock, Ontario Canada. He’s been a hardcore fishermen since before he can remember, getting out on the water or ice every chance he gets. During the summer season, he takes his boat out on local and non-local lakes to look for bass, as well as competing in tournaments. In the winter, he’s out on the lake the minute its safe, on the hunt for lake trout! His go-to lures are the Silver Skale’s Dizzy Devil Spoons. When he isn’t fishing, Mitchell enjoys hunting, spending time with family and friends, and thinking out when he will be fishing next! He is also hoping to start a guiding career in order to share his knowledge and experience with everybody else.
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