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Media Staff

Dave Mull - Editor - Lakeland Boating Magazine, Great Lakes Angler Magazine & Blog -

Dave has been editor of Great Lakes Angler Magazine since the year 2000 and loves to interview Mark Martin about fishing. He and Mark have been friends since the late 1980s, when Dave first started covering walleye tournaments and working as a field editor for the In-Fisherman Walleye In-Sider. He was lucky enough to be the observer for Mark on the second day of his win at the inaugural Professional Walleye Trail Championship in 1990 and helped edit two of Mark's books. Mull has freelanced for numerous magazines and is a seminar speaker on Great Lakes topics. He is also an avid gardener, waterfowler and upland bird hunter, selling stories on those pursuits as well. He resides with his wife, two stepsons, six dogs, six cats, three goats, numerous chickens and ducks as well as a mean goose and a Netherlands Dwarf rabbit on a small hobby farm in Paw Paw, Michigan.

Russ Fimbinger - Freelance Outdoor Writer -

Russ is a retired educator and currently works as a freelance outdoor writer and photographer.  His articles about hunting, fishing, camping, and other outdoor topics have appeared in every major Michigan outdoor magazine.  An avid fisherman, ever since he was a youngster he has believed “wherever there is water, they are fish!” Russ is a member of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association and currently serves on the group’s board of directors.

Chip Gross - Freelance Outdoor Writer/ESPN Outdoors Media -

W. H. “Chip” Gross has been a professional writer for many years.  The author of six books, his award-winning magazine stories and photos have appeared in both national and regional publications.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from The Ohio State University, and is an active member and past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio.  Chip is also an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and a past member of that organization’s Board of Directors. 

Jim Juntilla - Freelance Outdoor Writer -

Michigan's Northernmost Outdoor & Travel Writer, Jim Junttila, is a native of the Keweenaw in the state's storied Upper Peninsula (U.P.), of which he has written as many stories as anyone. A popular weekly outdoor columnist, he is best known for writing Woods, Water & Worse an award-winning column in the Daily Mining Gazette,, Houghton, and Ogden Newspapers. Jim has covered veteran AIM Fishing Pro Mark Martin and professional
walleye fishing (InFisherman/PWT) for 15 years. He has been the official Yooper media correspondent for Mark Martin's Ice Fishing School since its inception!

Dan Armitage - Freelance Outdoor Writer, Radio Host - (614) 431-0071

Dan is a full-time freelance outdoor writer and radio show host based in Columbus, Ohio, and an active member of OWAA and BWI. He is a featured columnist and travel writer for several state, regional and national periodicals including Outdoor Life, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal, Ohio Game & Fish, and many more! Dan's travel features appear in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, Ohio Magazine and AAA Home & Away magazine on a regular basis.

Dan also hosts his own weekly, one-hour radio show, "Buckeye Sportsman with Dan Armitage" ( syndicated in two dozen Midwest markets and now in its 17th year of production. Armitage is a popular speaker at sport and travel shows where he conducts fishing, travel and outdoor photography seminars. Dan resides near Columbus with his wife Maria and their son Ethan.

David A. Rose - Outdoor-Writer, Author, Photographer, Seminar Speaker, Fishing Guide -

Buck Levasseur - Host of Discovering TV Show for over 30 Years

 Mark Martin has guest hosted with me several times a year for well over 20+ years. I have covered almost all of the Ice Fishing Vacation Schools & outdoor-writer media events during that time. I have witnessed & filmed many a student go from having no confidence to catching fish & limits of fish before the school was finished (including my own son). The decades we have shared the outdoors together has been very educational & exciting to both my audiences & myself. My suggestion is if you really want to learn in the shortest amount of time about fishing this is the place to come & learn the game !!!!  

John Bennett - Freelance Outdoor Writer -

John is an Ohio Editor for Midwest Outdoors Magazine, a staff writer for Farmland News and has been published in Smoke and Fire News and Country Anglin' Outdoor Guide.  As an avid four season outdoorsman he enjoys hunting [duck hunting is his passion], fishing for any and all species, walking, primitive, pre-1840 rendezvous camping, black powder shooting and all aspects of the outdoor world. John has enjoyed several of Mark Martin's Ice Fishing Schools where he brought several nice fish through the ice.

Roger Beukema - Freelance Writer -

Following a nearly 35-year career in law enforcement, Roger Beukema has been writing for The Oakland Press in southeast Michigan since 1981. Since  1990 he has been that papers outdoor columnist. Working from his home in Northern Oakland County, he's been a contributor to Great Lakes Angler Magazine and Woods N' Water News.
   Since Mark Martin began his Ice Fishing Vacation Schools and on-the-water clinics nearly 20 years ago, Beukema has been involved writing and photographing these events. Attending and writing about several Bass Master Classics, Professional Walleye Tournaments (PWT), and currently, the AIM Walleye Series has kept Beukema in touch with the latest equipment, techniques, and the anglers that use them.


Gabe VanWormer - Producer of -

Gabe is the producer of online show, outdoor writer, photographer, seminar speaker and member of the Michigan Outdoor Writer's Association. After working for Gander Mountain and Bass Pro Shops, Gabe took a production job with MUCC's Michigan Out-of-Doors TV show in 1999. Since then he has traveled all over the country hunting, fishing and producing hundreds of outdoor shows. Over the years his videography has been featured on John Ratzenburger's Made in America, the CBS Evening News, Realtree Outdoors, American Archer, Michigan Out-of-Doors and many more. Writings and photos have been in publications such as Field and Stream, North American Whitetail, Bowhunter, Michigan Out of Doors, Full Cry, Woods n Water and others. Gabe enjoys fishing and hunting with his wife and two sons, Drake and Reed.  

Kevin Speer – Co-Owner/ Editor/ Publisher of Michigan’s Hooks and Bullets Magazine, outdoor writer and photographer.

As a long time resident of Northern Michigan, Kevin’s passion for the outdoors has helped him to create a popular magazine that targets the facts, tips and secretes about hunting and fishing here in Michigan. Over the past eight years Kevin has covered events, functions and individuals in the outdoors world for the men, women, kids and physically challenged here in our great state.

Brian Mulherin - Outdoor Writer -

Brian has been a staff writer and the outdoors page editor of the Ludington Daily News for the last decade. A member of the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association, the Mason County Walleye Association and the Fin and Feather Club of Mason County, Mulherin can be found fishing for everything from spring brown trout in Lake Michigan to Upper Peninsula muskellunge in a given year. A 1996 graduate of Eastern Michigan University and former sports writer for the Ann Arbor News, Mulherin has found his niche at the Ludington paper that serves a four-county area.

Kyle Randall - Host of Wilderness Journal -

Traveling throughout North America Hunting & Fishing I have been fortunate to hunt & fish with some very good people not only @ heart but @ what they do & Mark Martin is one of them. We have shared many a outing day & night & had a fun time doing so. My wife & grandson have been along on these outings having fun & catching fish right with us, if you really want to have fun , learn & be safe by all means this is the place to be.

Tim Hooey - Professional Outdoor Personality. writer, & author                 

Working in the outdoor industry for over 20 years as the producer, and host of North American fish & game, as well as Dodge outdoor adventures, I have had the pleasure of fishing with many of the industries top flight pro's. Mark Martin is one of those who only come around once in a lifetime! His ability to not only perform at the highest level in competitions, but to consistently win has enabled him to reach the pinnacle of his profession. What sets Mark apart from his peers is his innate ability to communicate on a vast array of different levels. I have seen him work with, and achieve outstanding results while tutoring  children,young adults, and seasoned veterans alike. A true testament to his vision, and love for the sport of fishing. I give the Mark Martin Vacation fishing schools my strongest recommendation to those who truly want to improve their fishing skills! 
Eric Sharp - Editor & Internet Detroit Freepress/Detroit news - 

Bill Seminon -  Freelance Outdoor Writer -

Bill Semion has more than 40 years experience writing about fishing not only in Michigan, but other parts of the globe from Mexico’s salt water giants off Baja, to Scotland’s Atlantic salmon. After retiring as associate editor of Michigan Living Magazine, the author of two books on Michigan, now writes for numerous magazines and websites across the Midwest. Bill relaxes by fishing for walleye on his 2075 Lund Pro-V,  landing big trout in front of his house on the Au Sable River’s South Branch near Roscommon, or ice fishing at one of Mark’s vacation schools. 

Bob Gwizdz - Freelance outdoor-writer -

"I've been ice fishing with Mark Martin's for more than 20 years now and I can't remember ever walking away from one of of his winter events without have learned something that helps me put fish on the ice. It's always a top-notch opportunity to fish with a top-notch crew of anglers." Bob Gwizdz has been an outdoor writer since 1975 with a long newspaper career and credits in most of America's top hunting and fishing magazines.

Jenny Olsen - Co-Host & Producer - Michigan Out-of-Doors TV

Courtney Brooks - TV Producer WCMU 

 I've been working here at WCMU for four years now, producing and hosting local programming. Many of my features focus on the outdoors. Plus, I profile small businesses, the arts, Michigan's history and beauty among other various topics. I also produce stories for every episode of "Destination Michigan," produce the weekly live program "Ask The Specialists," produce the vignettes "Window to the Arts" and "CMU Point of Pride," as well as documentaries for WCMU.

Bob Garner - TV Host & Producer

With over 30 years in the TV business & a Few decades in the MI government has allowed me to really experience our great State of Michigan both from the inside & outside. Working with some really neat people along the way & Mark Martin is one of them, we meet at a Michigan -Out-Of-Doors banquet  some 30 some years ago & been great friends ever since. Having great times on camera & off both fishing & hunting across both the upper & lower Peninsula with our friends & family. Mark & I talked about schools & media events that would increase the knowledge of the outdoors for the people that love the outdoors. But did not have the time that it takes to make all the mistakes necessary to get better @ it & still keep their day job. So we together brainstormed this Fishing Vacation School concept over 20 years ago & it has definitely been of great help bringing his knowledge of the outdoors in a school setting to the public, so they to can become successful. I will tell everyone right now every-time I have spent time with Mark I have learned something & that is something considering we have know each other for over 30 years!


Brian Whitens - TV Producer 'Real Outdoors' - 

I live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  For me, the best place to be at home is outside the house.  I have been videographer, editor and producer of a nationally broadcast television show called Real Outdoors for several years and am now the same for Upper Michigan’s Discovering program.  What qualifiies me for doing what I do comes more from time spent in the outdoors than from any knowledge of cameras or computers.  The value of knowing your way around a camera doesn’t compare to the value of knowing your way around the outdoors.  Cameras and television serve only as a means of sharing with and enlightening others to the wonders and possibilities the outdoors holds in store.

John J. McArdle - Freelance Outdoor Writer/Photographer / Blogger Wisconsin Outdoor Fun

John’s career has spanned 30 years, fishing across the Midwest as a multi species tournament angler participating in Midwest bass Association tournament Trail, Masters Walleye Circuit, Mercury National Walleye Tournaments, Angler Insight Marketing/ AIM, and Midwest Walleye Series .He is freelance Writer/Photographer and Licensed Charter Captain and member of the NPAA. John is also a Field Representative for Ultimate Outdoor Radio and Mark Martin’ Fishing Vacation schools.  John hosts a website, on his home body of water, Lake Winnebago. John and his wife Carol are their raising three children Casey, Becky and Shawn in the lakeshore community of Fond du Lac, WI 

Cory Butzin – –

Cory has been a reporter covering sports and outdoors since 2007 for The Bay City Times, The Saginaw News and An avid fisherman, he also has several years of experience hunting small game. Cory has worked with Mark to cover his Ice Fishing Vacation School on the Saginaw Bay, in addition to writing outdoors stories on elk and deer hunts and many others.

Terry “Captain” Frey - Radio personality -

Captain Terry is a full-time fishing guide and owner of Great River Guide Service and is co-owner and co-host of Ultimate Outdoors Radio and Hunting and fishing has taken Captain Terry throughout the Midwest, the American West as well as Alaska, Canada and Mexico. Terry has been featured in many local and national publications including The Wisconsin State Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and the Denver Post. Sponsored by many big fishing brands, Terry conducts fishing seminars throughout the Midwest, is a past national walleye tournament qualifier, and an avid supporter of children’s fishing and outdoor events.


Wally “Waldog” Banfi - Radio Personality -

Wally grew up in Madison, WI and has a special interest in fishing the Madison Chain of Lakes,Lake Wisconsin, and the Lower Wisconsin River. Wally is co-owner and co-host of the award winning “Ultimate Outdoors Radio Show” and “Waldog” is a seasoned pro behind the mic. His credits include several TV appearances, including an annual episode of“Northland Adventures” with Dave Carlson. As well as being a licensed and fully insured fishing guide, Wally is a popular and informative seminar speaker, presenting for over 25 years at fishing clinics & in-store promotions throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. 

Cory Yarmuth - Outdoor Writer - -

Cory is a Freelance outdoor writer and Photographer that specializes in many aspects of hunting and fishing.  He is also a local guide and seminar speaker.  Whether he is fishing the big lakes for Salmon and trout or wading a river for smallmouth you can always find him with a camera in his pocket and a notepad at the ready. 

With over 35 years of experience he is published in several print and on-line publications including; Outdoor News, Midwest Outdoors, Outdoor Notebook, Great Lakes Angler magazine, Ice team magazine, and (Chicago Tribune online).  The key to what Cory does is that not only does he write about it, but he also gets out there and does it. He is the type that practices what he preaches. 


Rick Fowler - Outdoor Writer -

Rick has been an outdoor writer for the past 24 years. His articles have been published in numerous magazine such as WOODS-N-WATER, HOOKS AND BULLETS, MIDWEST  OUTDOORS, THE MACKINAC JOURNAL, THE PORCUPINE PRESS and is also a columnist for GOOD LIFE magazine.

Growing up in Northwest Michigan gave him ample opportunities to fish and hunt. “Now, with a cottage in the Upper Peninsula,” says Fowler, I have even more acreage and miles and miles of water to explore from both locales.” Rick’s advice to those who are new to the outdoors is “Just like writers need to write everyday to excel, if you want to enjoy the outdoors you need to get outdoors in all four seasons. Take a walk, take binoculars or take your tent. Outdoors is the ultimate field trip.” As a youngster, he like so many others was influenced by watching Mort Neff on the original Michigan-Out-Of-Doors show. Rick is a now retired High School English teacher. He and his wife Sue reside in Harbor Springs, Michigan

Matt Straw - Outdoor Writer -

Matt and Mark have collaborated on a variety of articles over the years, including ice-fishing topics. Matt has written for Fly Fisherman, Field & Stream, Outdoor Canada, FLW, Great Lakes Angler, and a host of other publications. He is a past
champion and several times top-10 finisher at the Sturgeon Bay Open, one of the largest smallmouth tournaments  on the Great Lakes. Matt is a diehard steelheader and one of the foremost communicators of recent times on the subject of steelhead angling around the Great Lakes. He likes to garden, cook, ski, write poetry, and travel. He has visited (and caught fish in) every province and territory of Canada, 48 of our United States, Mexico, and every county in Ireland. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and former city-desk reporter. 

Jeff Nedwick - Outdoor Writer -

Jeff is a freelance outdoor writer and photographer from Lapeer, Michigan and is a regular contributor to several national and regional hunting and fishing publications. He is fortunate to live in Michigan where outdoor recreational opportunities abound and weekends typically find him on the water, in the woods or in the field with his two bird dogs.


Chris Kreiner – TV Host & Producer of Great Outdoor Pursuits –

Chris has been photographing and videoing his outdoor adventures for 15  years. In 2009 he started a web show called Great Outdoor Pursuits which primarily highlighted the vast opportunities Michigan had to offer. It didn’t take long for Great Outdoor Pursuits to expand and grow with staff located throughout the Midwest and Southern states. In 2014, his dreams of growing from a web based show into a Television program became a reality. 

Chris’ most memorable fishing experience was with his late Great Grandfather. He was 5 years old and would be up before daybreak with his Great Grandfather to hit a family owned lake in Antrim County, Michigan. With a cane pole and a can of worms they would target big spawning bluegills. Since then Chris has expanded his fishing from warm water to cold water species and lives to chase silver bullets. The high flying acrobatics and drag screaming runs will keep him on Michigan’s Rivers and Streams for many years to come.  


Dominic Frederick Turcott -

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Dominic is an avid angler of all species of gamefish found throughout the United States. Whether the fishing objective calls for steelhead, walleye, bass, catfish, or anything else that swims, Dominic tries to catch it and learn a thing or two! Mark Martin is a good friend of his, and they both enjoy each other’s company at the Ice Fishing Vacation School. At a young age of 21 years old, he has already become a well-respected outdoor writer in the fishing industry. He has been writing for the Michigan based publication, Hooks & Bullets Magazine, since the spring of 2015. In early 2016, Dominic became a staff writer for Michigan Outdoor News as well. @FishingWithDom is the social media account on twitter that keeps every single one of his fans up to date with fishing stories, advice, product reviews, regulation changes, and much more. For being a “young-gun” in the field of outdoor writing, the future is looking very bright for Dominic and his career!