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May 2020 Field Staff Highlights/Updates

Written by Vibe Pro Team on June 01, 2020

What is the team up to?

The Vibe Field Staff is always up for adventure. Whether they are getting after it in big tournaments, or they are adventuring out on camping and paddling trips, the stuff they are up to deserves notice. Every month we are going to be highlighting some of the rad stuff the team is up to and showing you all some of the adventures that they have been embarking on.

Tournament Anglers Getting After it!

The tourney scene is finally kicking off for the 2020 season after Covid-19 restrictions dealt a blow to the industry, forcing virtually all events to go well… virtual. The team has been out there grinding upgrading fish in month long events, facing people who are fishing their own local honey holes heads up in bracket events, and just getting after the spring bite.

Zach Adkins picked up 2nd place in the April MSKA WV statewide tournament, the guy gets on the smallmouth unlike anyone I have ever seen. He also landed a first place finish in the MSKA All Waters Statewide one day online event, with a 59.75” 3 fish limit of all smallies (That is a 19.9” average on SMALLMOUTH). And a 3rd place finish in WV Kayak Anglers statewide 3 month event with 101” (you guessed it, 5 smallies) If you are not convinced yet to follow Zach on Instagram, you probably should, he does this sort of thing on a regular basis.

Jason Wolfe fished the KAMO and KBF state challenges for May. Finishing up 6th-71 with 100.25”

William Strasburg is fishing with teammate Hop Nguyen in the Peachstate Kayak Anglers Online event that starts May 1st and goes through 4 months with 3 species of bass counting. They are going to keep us updated on their progress.

Nick Dyer would like the world to know that HE CAUGHT A FISH! You could say he is getting pretty serious about this whole kayak fishing thing!

Santos Zepeda still has not set up an Instagram for me to link, but he is out there slaying them, he fished the Trinity Bass Bash with his son, landing big bass at 21.5” and taking the win over long time friend and retired field staff member John Stockman. His son shows us that he is the future with 4 awesome catches and some great Vibes!

Billy Reynolds has been sitting just out of the money on events lately but managed to qualify for the KBF National Championship and is still out there grinding.

Matt Charette has also been finishing 1 or 2 places out of the money as of late, fishing the KBBT Bracket event, and knocking out one of the top sticks in the country in Eric Siddiqi, but falling short of his next opponents single day limit of over 95” finishing the event just out of the money, and in the sweet 16 round.

Field Staffers in the wild!

We are not only about tournament fishing. Our team is incredibly varied, some are adventure guides, some are teachers, students, police officers, park rangers, professional adventure machines. Give them a follow to see some of their adventures firsthand.

Kevin “The Machine” Hughes is a guide living in the greater Miami area, and he is ALWAYS after the fish. He jumped one of the biggest tarpon I have ever seen on video which is posted to his Instagram, he also landed the beauty silver rocket that is the cover photo on a Z man Jerk Shad.

Kyle Hines has been out all month reviewing and sharing his adventures in his new Shearwater 125. Check him out if you have any questions about rigging or assembly.

Jeff Jones from Brackish Coast Outdoors fame, is chasing a flounder on the fly, this is a challenging species to land on a fly by their nature as a bottom feeder. But if anyone can nail it, it is Jeff. He also recently picked up the role as Publisher of the Alabama/Pensacola Edition of Coastal Angler Magazine so look out for his work starting with the upcoming July edition!

Ben Adrien spearheaded a Shearwater 125 giveaway to give money to local area food banks for Covid-19 relief, this fundraiser brought in $12,573 to help feed people affected negatively by the Covid-19 shutdowns. He and his family gave a $6,000 check to Houston area food banks and Vibes own Miriam Thomas was able to give the $6,573 dollar check to Atlanta area food banks. This giveaway just shows how much can be accomplished when the Vibe Tribe is driven to do something good for people. Thanks Ben! 

It seems like everyone on the team has been taking social distancing seriously as almost everyone has been taking advantage of camping season, kayak camping trips were the number 1 shared adventure among the team this month.

Tune in next month to find out what the crew has been up to, and whether or not Nick has caught any more fish! And follow those social accounts to stay up to date one everyone's adventures in the meantime!

No Drama. Just Adventure.