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Hometown: Vermilion, Ohio
Hobbies: Fishing, Hunting, Spending time with my family.
Favorite Lure: Reef Runner 800 series
Favorite Way to Fish: Trolling with small planner boards.
Favorite Fishery: Lake Erie
Tournament Accomplishments: 1st place Masters Walleye Circuit 2016, National Team Championship top 25 2017, Multiple top ten placements in other Master Walleye Circuits and the Lake Erie Walleye Trail
Growing up on the shores of Lake Erie, in a small harbor town like Vermilion, fishing became a part of my life at an early age. When I was a kid, I remember going out on Lake Erie with my parents and enjoying the day catching Walleye and Perch. I also remember spending several days with my Dad chasing Steelhead in local creeks. The outdoors has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember and that’s something I look forward to passing down to my children as they grow.
When I’m not fishing, I serve our community as a Sargent at a local Sheriff’s Office. I have been in law enforcement full time for the last sixteen years. I also work as a salesman at Erie Marine Sales in Sheffield Lake Ohio. Outside of work my wife and I are raising our two young children and keeping busy running them around to sports and other activities they enjoy.
Chad Posey – Leonard, MI
I am a Michigan native that spends most of my time chasing walleye around the State of Michigan. I have actively participated on the Michigan Walleye Tour since 2015 with multiple top 10 finishes, including a victory in 2019 on Lake Saint Clair and a 3rd place finish in the 2019 state championship. My favorite method for catching walleye is structure fishing in the northern waters of Michigan by either casting or trolling.
James L. Atkinson Jr.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, custom lure painting, and spending time with friends/family.
Favorite Lure: Bandit- Deep diver.
Favorite Fishery: Lake Erie
Tournament Accomplishments: 2019 Walleye Fall Brawl Champion
I grew up in Slavic Village on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio. Fishing had been a part of my life since I was a small child. My dad had a 12-foot Jon boat that we would fish the inland lakes every weekend. When I was about ten years old, we moved to Streetsboro, Ohio, where I now currently reside. The passion and love for the outdoors has continued as we frequent the inland lakes and the woods, as much as possible. It wasn’t until early 2019, the urge would finally get the best of me, and invested in a little bit bigger boat (16ft Sea Nymph). We used it to fish the big waters of Lake Erie and get after some world class walleyes. Later that same year, we were blessed with the opportunity to catch a true Lake Erie giant a 12+ pound walleye. The fish won 1st place in the 2019 walleye Fall Brawl. That did nothing more than just ignite the passion for pursuing Lake Erie walleye for pleasure and a tournaments angler. Off the water and out of the woods, I’m your typical blue-collar hard-working American man. In my off time, I look forward to nothing more than spending time with my family/friends and trying to live life to the fullest.