NINES Optics

NINES® pioneered and perfected NIRTECH® + Blue light Heat Shield lens technology for superior optics. This new generation in polarized sunglasses controls the light spectrum, absorbs harmful Near Infrared Radiation (NIR) and blocks harmful blue light to give you the sharpest and most enhanced view. Built with the strongest materials, NINES are the sunglasses that Chad Hoover and top fishing pros rely on when they’re on the water, using every advantage to put fish on the line. See more, catch more with NINES. [Learn More & Shop] (Buy at FishUSA]


 

Bryce Gibbs

Bio — Bryce Gibbs is an Arizona native. He grew up in Phoenix, spending his childhood doing many outdoor activities. His dad got him into fishing as a toddler. At the age of 16, he purchased his first bass boat. Shortly after buying his boat, he entered his first fishing tournament where he finished in 1st place. In 2016, Bryce was introduced to kayak fishing tournaments. In his first season he won Angler of the Year and finished first in the TBA Motorless Championship. In 2017, Bryce’s fishing career advanced as he got more involved with KBF Tournaments. After winning every KBF month-long challenge in 2017 for Arizona, he was invited to the Top 100 Challenge at Toledo Bend, LA where he finished 16th. 2018 has taken Bryce all over the U.S. where he has finished in the Top 10 in 2 KBF Opens and 1 KBF Trail. Bryce hopes to grow and excel in his fishing career and strives to one day hold the KBF National Championship Title.

Sponsors

  • Hobie Fishing
  • Duckett Fishing
  • Wicked Weights

Career Highlights

  • 24 Overall kayak fishing victories
  • 2016 TBA Motorless Angler of the Year
  • 2016 TBA Motorless Championship – 1st place
  • 2017 LowerGear Kayak Fishing Open Angler of the Year
  • 2017 AKA Angler of the Year
  • 2-Time KBF National Championship Qualifier

Watercraft & Gear

  • Hobie Pro Angler 14
  • Humminbird HELIX 7
  • EGO Kryptek S1 Genesis Net
  • Hobie Inflatable PFD
  • Duckett Rods
  • Shimano Reels
  • Hobie H-Crate
  • Engel 19 Qt. Cooler
  • Oznium Lighting

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Abel Patino

Bio — Life long bass angler located in the heart of the California Delta, I first stepped into the kayak scene in 2013. I initially purchased a kayak as a easy way to get off of the bank. I quickly became immersed in a rapidly growing local kayak fishing community. I caught the tournament bug in early 2015 after taking second place in my first kayak tournament. Since then, I’ve participated in over 50 tournaments, learning and loving this sport more and more a long the way.

Sponsors

  • Headwaters Kayak

Career Highlights

  • 2017 KBF Delta Trail Champion
  • 2018 KBF Camanche Lake Trail Champion
  • 2018 Yak-A-Bass Delta Paradise Champion
  • 2018 KBF Clearlake Open 5th place
  • 2018 Yak-A-Bass Delta Sugar Barge Champion
  • 2018 Yak-A-Bass Angler of the year

Watercraft & Gear

  • Native WaterCraft Slayer Propel 13
  • Lowrance Elite9 Ti
  • Native Watercraft Storage Accessories
  • YakAttack Leverloc Anchor Trolly
  • YakAttack Black Pak
  • YakAttack Roto Grips
  • YakAttack Leverage Landing Net
  • YakAttack Visipole
  • Werner Shuna Paddle
  • BooneDOX Rudder
  • BooneDOX Landing Gear
  • Anchor Wizard

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Mike Ensign

Bio — I am a all species kayak angler from South Lake Tahoe CA. I have dreamed about fishing bass tournaments since I can remember. I love the competition most of all against myself and the fish.

Sponsors

  • Head Waters kayak shop]
  • Guru fishing rods
  • Dirty Jigs tackle
  • Bioenno power
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing

Career Highlights

  • Staying constant is my goal in kayak fishing.

Watercraft & Gear

  • Hobie Pro Angler 14
  • Lowrance TI 9
  • Homemade tackle trunk
  • BooneDOX Landing Gear

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Matthew Bray

Bio — Grew up in Crescent City, Ca where his father got him into bass fishing when he was 10 years old. After experimenting with college and finding out he was about as sharp as a marble, he joined the military and got back into bass fishing in 2015 when he bought his first kayak. He was introduced to kayak bass fishing in 2016. His only fans are his wife and 3 kids. He’s often seen on the water picking out backlashes and pulling lures out of trees. He hopes to find some really dumb bass in Louisiana because he can’t catch the smart ones.

Sponsors

  • Skirmish Baits
  • NuCanoe
  • Gambler Lures
  • TRC covers
  • Heybo

Career Highlights

  • Lake Havasu Trail event champion
  • 2nd place KBF Open Clear Lake
  • Once skunked twelve consecutive fishing trips in a row

Watercraft & Gear

  • NuCanoe Pursuit
  • NINES Berryessa sunglasses
  • Lowrance Elite-7 TI
  • NuCanoe Slide Drawer
  • NuCanoe Elite Kit
  • NuCanoe Foot Pegs
  • NuCanoe BlackPak by YakAttack
  • Werner paddle
  • Brush Gripper tie-down
  • RAM® Transducer Mount for Lowrance TotalScan
  • Hard baits: Skirmish Baits
  • Plastics: Gambler Lures
  • Nunanoe-logo Hawg Trough
  • YakAttack Boomstick camera mount
  • Stearns PFD
  • Heybo apparel

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Jacob Traba

Bio — Southern California native. Started bass fishing around 8 years old. Joined the military when I was 22 years old, which has lead me to fishing Florida, North Carolina, Hawaii and currently Northern California. Traveling so much helped me become more well rounded as an angler and gave me confidence going into tournament fishing in 2018. I fished the FLW Costa Western series as a coangler, as well as multiple kayak tournaments. My goal was to fish as many tournaments as I could manage with my work schedule. In FLW Costa Western Series, I finished as coangler of the year, 7th place in Lake Havasu, 1st place in California Delta, and 1st place in the national championship in Lake Guntersville, AL.

Sponsors

  • Wicked Weights Quality Tungsten
  • Lowrance

Career Highlights

  • 2nd place in 2018 Yak a bass lake Berryessa event.
  • 1st place in 2018 Motherlode Kayak Angler of the year Championship.
  • 1st place in August 2018 KBF monthly challenge
  • 1st place in 2018 KBF California Open

Watercraft & Gear

  • Hobie Pro Angler 12
  • Lowrance electronics

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