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      Mark Martin & Shawn Schuld


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Capt. Mark Martin is the 1990 Professional Walleye Trail WORLD CHAMPION.  Mark won the first PWT Tournament of Champions held at International Falls, Minnesota netting him $30,000.00 - the highest cash prize in history for a walleye tournament at that time. As a result, it has earned him the disctinction of being the ''Original Champ".

 

Today Mark works hard as a fishing promoter and travels extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. He participates in tournaments, TV Shows, Outdoor Writer Events, Seminars, and teaching walleye wisdom - especially leading kids fishing clinics. He also has published various books and videos to help walleye affiiciendos get more 'eyes in the net.

In his home state of Michigan he’s been called “Mr. Walleye at Night”, averaging more than 600 walleye per season in the 6 to 12 pound range.  The key to Mark’s success is a history of walleye fishing developed over three generations of Martins.

Mark is constantly working on perfecting established techniques and developing new ways to catch walleye.  He also works at finding new and interesting spots to bring the media walleye fishing so as better to educate and inform the country’s walleye fishing public.

One of the most popular top Walleye competitors in the world, you can learn more about him at www.MarkMartins.net

Don Leuenberger - Pro Staff
I have been fishing with Mark Martin an awesome guy, for sixteen years. I also help him with the fishing school, that he has on the ice every year on Saginaw Bay.  It's a very good place for all these guys to learn more about the technique of walleye fishing. I've been fishing the Saginaw Bay for sixty years. The Mark Martin Inland ice fishing in Cadillac this past January 2012 was wonderful. I would like to thank all the writers that were there. I fished with some and just visited with others. While we were here in Cadillac we went to Mittchell Lake and caught crappies, perch, and walleye's.

Tim Long - Pro Staff - www.thetimbersresort.com

www.eyes-guy.com
906-575-3542
thetimbersresort@sbcglobal.net

My name is Tim Long, my wife Sarah and I own the Timbers Resort located on the North end of Lake Gogebic. I am a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain, a member of the Nation Professional Anglers Association, Chairman of the Lake Gogebic Chapter of Walleyes For Tomorrow, V.P. of Lake Gogebic Area Chamber Of Commerce, and of the B.O.D. of the Lake Improvement Association.  I have fished many different Professional Walleye circuits, including The PWT, FLW Tour, FLW league, MWC, and various other venues. Mark and I have known each other for a number of years prior to my wife and I purchasing the resort. Mark and I competed against each other in some of those Tournament circuits mentioned above. I invited him to visit The Timbers Resort and go fishing on Lake Gogebic, and we had success catching Walleye, Jumbo Perch, and Northern Pike. At that time we came to the conclusion that it would be a great opportunity to bring his Ice Fishing Vacation School to the Upper Peninsula.

Jeff Sowa - Pro Staff

At present time I work as a electrical Lineman for the power companies for the past 30 years, but what I truly like to do is fish. I have been fishing in Michigan both open water & Ice for over 50 years. It doesn't matter what season or species mastering the methods & the electronics to find active fish is what I like to do & teach. That is why I have been on the Mark Martin's Ice Fishing Vacation Pro-Staff for well over a decade, working with students & outdoor media alike. Looking forward to helping everyone better understand their electronics & how fish react to different methods. 

Ernie Plant - Pro Staff - emplant3@gmail.com
Sporting Goods Buyer - Frank's Great Outdoors
My experiences gained while fishing walleye tournaments for over 15 years have taught me the importance of location and presentation and those same principles learned on soft water also apply to hard water.  I’ve been involved in the ice schools for 5 years now and every trip is a new and exciting adventure.  I have more fun sharing my knowledge and experiences to the students and helping them become a more successful ice angler. I’m fortunate to have grown up with Saginaw Bay in my back yard. Having a world class walleye fishery so close has allowed me the opportunity to try many old proven techniques as well as develop a few new ones as well.  I’ve found these same techniques can also be applied to the inland waters time and time again.

Eric Plant - Pro Staff 

MDNR Fish Technician

I've been fishing since I was 10 years old, and having been a Pro-Staffer for the Ice Fishing Vacation School the past 7 years. If ice fishing is new to you and you want to learn more about how to do it and be more successful, then I would highly recommend the Ice Fishing Vacataion School. The information shared and gathered from the professional walleye anglers and experienced pro staff, is second to none. The comraderie among the students, pro-staff and fellow professional anglers is unique, as we are all out to have fun, with the main goal of being safe. You'll walk away having learned many new techniques for one to use in the future on your next trip out that will hopefully put a few more fish on the ice. You'll learn how to properly use your GPS, graph, camera, learn various jigging techniques, where to locate fish, learn how to fish structure, how to rig your equipment properly and several other tips that will help you become a more successful angler. It's without a doubt the best ice school you will find!

Todd Sokolow - Pro Staff

                 I have been fishing for walleyes and anything that swims for most of my life. I started tournament fishing 5 years ago as a coangler for the PWT and AIM pro walleye series. Recently I have fished the MWC and the West Michigan Walleye Club contests the last few years.Thru these tournaments I have had the good fortune of fishing with  many of the top pros and guides in the country and in Michigan. Besides open water trolling and maybe the Detroit River jig bite,ice fishing is one of my favorite ways to catch walleyes.I really enjoy sharing and showing things I have learned out on the water or on the ice.Also being able to work with the students and staff at Mark's ice schools is something I look forward to every winter.
 

Randy Ritchie - Pro Staff - kingsalmom@grenbaynet.com

Randy has joined Mark Martin's Fishing Vacation School this year to share the latest tactics and equipment on the vast water's of lake Gogebic . After many years of fishing the nation's top Walleye circuits and studying under many  Pro's like Mark Martin, Randy is able to share the knowledge he has learned with student's in the picturesque U.P. A chapter chairman with Walleyes For Tomorrow for many years and lover of the great outdoors he will share techniques for mobility and searching for Walleyes using the latest in Marcum electronics.

Bob Johnston - Pro Staff

Bob has joined Mark Martins Fishing Vacation School this year to share the latest cutting edge technology and tactics. Bob has been cutting his teeth for twenty years fishing walleye tournaments and guiding and spends an average of 200 days a year on the water. Truth be told chasing walleyes thru the ice is Bob's #1 love (Don't tell his wife) Armed with the latest electronics for Marcum let us show you how to find that spot on a spot and how to fine tune your presentation to make you a more consistent angler. Marks school has something for everyone, so whether you are a weekend warrior or an avid angler we will give you the tools to make your time on the water count and you never know you might even have some fun.

Steve Becker - Pro Staff

Things have certainly changed since I started fishing 40 years ago by bicycling down after grade school to the Wisconsin River.  When not fishing, I was learning from every fishing magazine I could get a hold of.  Today, I regularly participate in some local tournaments and as a co-angler in the AIM tournament circuit.  In addition, every year I pre-fish 3+ tournaments in the FLW, AIM and MWC tournaments.  This has allowed me to learn hands on from some of the nation's top walleye professionals.  I believe it's a privilege to help people increase their fishing experience so I annually volunteer to help in a weekend youth canoe/fishing trip and a Trout's Unlimited Handicapped fishing day.  Being a Licensed Engineer by trade, I'm all about using the latest technology and techniques for catching more fish.  I look forward to passing on this knowledge at Mark's Fishing Vacation School.

Capt. Kyle Buck - greatlakesguideservice@gmail.com

Having been raised fishing the lakes and rivers of Western Michigan, Kyle Buck turned his passion into a full fledged career in 2001 when he launched Great Lakes Guide Service based in his home town of Muskegon, MI.
Great Lakes Guide Service is a full time, year round guide service offering fishing charters on Lake Michigan, inland lake charters, as well as guided river and ice fishing.Today, a licensed US Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain, Kyle runs over 250 trips a year on the lakes and rivers while operating one of the largest guide services in West Michigan. When not on the water Kyle spends time writing outdoor related articles and conducting seminars at speaking engagements across the Mid West. Kyle can also be heard talking weekly fishing reports on 107 FM WMUS in Muskegon.Buck's visibility echoes bright. Even at a young age, Buck has made his way into the local newspapers, Woods N' Water News, Fish & Game Finder Magazine, Midwest Outdoors, Great Lakes Steelhead News and also has been featured on many outdoor programs.

Nick Schertz - Pro Staff - schertz.family@gmail.com

Nick Schertz was born and raised in Oshkosh, WI. He grew up fishing the Lake Winnebago system with his friends and family, many of which fished in local tournaments. Fishing was a year round addiction right from the start, including many hours on the ice chasing walleye and panfish. Nick’s passion for fishing and the outdoors led him to pursue a degree in Water Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  While living in Stevens Point, WI, Nick spent much of his free time on the Wisconsin River and its many reservoirs. He graduated from UWSP in 1997 with majors in Water Chemistry and Aquatic Toxicology, along with minors in Biology and Chemistry. Nick married his wife Robyn in 2003 and now has three children, Benjamin-8, Alexandra-6, and Abigail-3.  Nick began competing in tour level walleye events in 2009.  He has been successful in this venture and consistently scores in the top 10 in Angler of the Year standings.

  Dean Carlie - Pro Staff - dinodog31@hotmail.com

Hi, my name is Dean Anthony Carli Jr. I am 36 years old and have lived in Ironwood, MI in the upper peninsula all my life. My father brought me up at a very young age with hunting and fishing and it has been in my blood ever since. It comes very natural to me and I am very confident and competitive. I love to fish all species but my favorite is walleye. I have been a guide for deer, bear, rabbit, fish, and birds for over 25 years. If anyone is interested in a guide trip, on open water or ice, call or email me (or if you would just like to talk hunting or fishing). (906) 364-1201. I look forward to working with you at Mark Martin's Ice-Fishing Vacation School.     

 


 

Joe Giuliani - Pro Staff - mjgiuliani@sympatico.ca

I have been a guide in the Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario area for 25 years.  I am a Pro Walleye Fisherman that fishes the PWT, NOWT, MWC, and AIM circuits.  I was named Co-Captain of Team Canada for the 2012 AIM Bay Mills Can/Am Walleye Tournament.  I have over 40 years of ice fishing experience and will bring you new techniques on how to catch walleye and perch.  I gained most of my experience on the frozen bays of the St. Mary's River and surrounding lakes.  I have won many ice fishing derbies over the years and I look forward to the opportunity to share my knowledge with you at Mark Martin's Fishing Vacation School.  See you soon!
 

Brandon Carp - Pro Staff - gercarp@netins.net

Brandon is a longtime walleye tournament angler and five year pro, and is currently honored to be one of Mark's teammates in the AIM walleye series.  Whether tournament fishing, guiding, promoting or just plain loving the whole walleye thing, Carp has experienced the thrill of fishing from Oregon to New York - covering pretty much all of walleye country for over 30 years.  What Brandon brings to the table is exclusive with countless tournament top 10's, Top 10 in AIM's all-time winnings list, a number of tournament wins and a lifetime of experience both on and off the ice.  Perhaps his best attribute is his ability to hunt the largest fish in a system and then gladly teach his techniques to others.
 

      

Jason Miller - Pro Staff    

"I've been working with Mark Martin for the past 5 years as a part of his Pro Staff team. I can't say enough about Mark and his people. Every time I fish with these guys I pick up new tips and techniques that really increase my catch. I look forward to fishing with them in the future, and hope to see you on the ice!"       

    

  Joni Martin - Pro Staff     

       Credentials: Married to and fishing partner of Mark Martin.          

 

    

Dale Hays - Pro Staff - hays.dale@sdcglobal.net

Born in Clearwater, FL, Dale started fishing as an 8 year old with his dad. After moving to Michigan he got hooked on Bluegill and Bass fishing . With 20 years of Bass tournament fishing under his belt, Dale has had some big name sponsors over the years, Champion Boats, Lund, and Matteson Marine where he met Mark Martin. He is now retired from Flowserve Corp. and owns All Sports Sun Ware, where he sells Bomber Floating Eyeware & Dry Hands Minnow Buckets. He runs a guide service for smallmouth fishing in Northern Michigan and also works for D&R Sports Center in Kalamazoo. Dale enjoys working with young people to get them hooked on fishing like his dad did for him when he was a kid. 

 

         Taylor Newhouse - Pro Staff - taylor.newhouse@students.gogebic.edu

    Growing up as a small town boy, my hobbies consisted of any hands-on activity dealing with the outdoors (hunting, fishing, and trapping). Through my teenage years, my father, Paul Maslakow, did an outstanding job with furthering my skills in the outdoors, molding me into the young man I am today. Thanks Dad! I would also like to thank my employer, Tim Long from the Timbers Resort for giving me the opportunity to work side by side with him while guiding on Lake Gogebic during the winter Ice Fishing Season. I’ve worked closely with him for the past year assisting with his Guide Service both for ice fishing and open water fishing on Lake Gogebic. I am currently enrolled at the Gogebic Range Community College as a student for the Linemen program. My goal after I finish school to is to obtain a job in this field and work out west in the Rocky Mountain Region.
 

Ted Lee - Pro Staff

Mark Martin and I have known each other for forty plus years. I have pre fished in several walleye tournaments as a co-angler with Mark. We have fished several different lakes from Minnesota to Michigan. Every year I always look forward to the Ice Fishing Schools. I’ve been participating in the Ice Fishing Schools for eight years now as a pro staffer, and I’m still learning from Mark.  It’s always an adventure and a huge learning experience. Several of the tactics we use I use on the open waters of the St. Mary’s river system in the Upper Peninsula. From Rigging, to jigging, to fishing structure, these are tactics Mark teaches. Operating electronics properly is also something Mark focuses on. I believe that these tactics will help everyone to become a better fisherman. I look forward to the camaraderie between the students and the pro-staff as we are there to have fun, with the main goal of being safe.

 

Kurt Kossuth - Pro Staff - koscon@charter.net 

Mark and I have been friends since elementary school.  We grew up together fishing the lakes and rivers of West Michigan every chance we got. I have great memories of wading rivers for trout in the summer and ice fishing for every type of fish imaginable in the winter. I look forward to participating in Mark’s Outdoor Writer Event each October in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula where we catch walleye, smallmouth bass, pike, splake, and lake trout.  I enjoy fishing for all species of fish but find catching walleye to be especially rewarding as they can present more of a challenge, so all the more fun to master!  I look forward to being on the staff of Mark’s Ice Fishing Vacation School.

 

Larry Smith - Pro Staff - fishon@pasty.net

I am a USCG licensed Captain and I guide on the Keweenaw waters.  Whether it be open water, ice fishing or salt water fishing I enjoy sharing my 50+ years of fishing experience with others, including children of all ages.  I'll teach techniques and promote products that are the best in the industry and will help to increase your catch.

Barry 'Bear' Drews - Pro Staff - www.ninepinesresort.com or 906-842-3361.

Fishing, hunting and the outdoors has always been my life. Owner of Bear`s Nine Pines Resort on the southwest shore of Lake Gogebic is a perfect fit. I have fished Lake Gogebic for 30 years now and began guiding professionally about 10 years ago. I get a lot of satisfaction from teaching, guiding, and simply helping others in both the woods and on the water. What can I say? I love my job! Over the years being involved in this way of life has introduced me to many great people of the sport. Mark Martin has increased this family of outdoors friends over the years with his continued passion for the sport. From anglers to media personnel connecting in the outdoors we can all learn from each other!

 

Norm Thorkilson - Pro Staff - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada

Home waters: Algoma district and world renowned St.Mary's River

is a Fishing Guide and charter in Sault area and also guides whitetail hunts along the shores of Lake of the Woods. He has been a tournament angler for 20+ years and took the pro plunge in 2010. Currently on tour in the Northern Ontario Walleye Trail Masters Walleye Circut and A.J.M. His wife Mandy and kids, Taylor & Hunter are his support staff. He won his first tournament at the age of 6 and he has had 'the illness' ever since, thanks to his mom & dad!

 

Captain Pat Bentley - Pro Staff - Great Escapes Charter Services - patbentley@charter.net 

231-510-2944

I have fished for as long as I can remember for anything that swims. I started working as a mate salmon fishing on Lake Michigan in 1991. In 1998 I received my captain's license. I have salmon tournament fished all over Lake Michigan and was on several winning teams. In 2003, I started Great Escapes Charter Services specializing in 2 person charters for salmon/trout and walleyes. I have only known Mark Martin a short time, but in that time I have become a much better angler. I attended one of his ice fishing vacation schools and what I learned there increased my catch tremendously. If you are interested in becoming a better angler, Mark's schools are a sure fire way to do that. It doesn't matter how seasoned of a fisherman you are. Mark and his pro staff will make sure you come away from the school a much better angler. I look forward to seeing you at the next fishing vacation school!

 

Mike Schneider - Pro Staff - Whitehall, Michigan

My name is Michael Schneider and I call Whitehall Michigan my hometown.
The love of the outdoors was instilled in me by my father at a very young age, and fishing and hunting are my passion.
Mark has put together a pro staff with a vast amount of fishing experience and knowledge which is available to everyone involved in the school. You will be given tips on setting up your fish finder, using Navionics mapping to locate fish, lures and presentations that are key getting fish to bite. If you have any questions about the school or just want to talk fishing give me a call: 231-670-6168.

Brandon Stanton - Pro Staff - teamgunsmokesportfishing@yahoo.com - (989)963-0215

My name is Brandon Stanton and I have been fishing the Great Lakes for over 30 years. Growing up ten minutes away from Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron, I could be found fishing more often than not. I am a licensed USCG captain and owner of Team Gunsmoke Sportfishing and Guide Service. I open water charter on Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Saginaw Bay for silver fish, perch, and walleye. I also guide and charter ice fishing on Saginaw Bay for walleye. Four years ago I created my own local walleye tournament to encourage camaraderie among local fisherman. It has since  grown from sixteen boats to over forty boats, and the payouts and sponsor prizes rival the local tournament trail. I am a past board member and current vice president of the Thumb Chapter of the Michigan Steelheaders. I am a firm believer that educating people how to maintain and improve our lakes is just as important as teaching them to fish.

Casey Miller - Owner of Miller's Corner Bait Shop - millerscorner@centurylink.net

Casey met Mark three years ago when he visited Casey's bait shop, Miller's Corner in Lake City, MI. Ever since their first encounter, they have managed to keep in communication with one another.  They exchanged their mutual love for the sport and shared stories from back when they were young boys.  An instant friendship landed Casey a spot on Mark's Pro Staff for the first time on Lake Mitchell in Cadillac, MI.  He has grown up hunting & fishing his whole life, and is excited to have an opportunity to show others his techniques.