Classic Bass Champions Tour Angler Profiles- Part IIII

2017 Anglers in this group consist of Shane Raveling, Dave Skallet, Connor Summers, Andy Walls, Michael Walters, Tony Ward, Tom Whitehead, Nathan Whiting and Brian Wood. Stay tuned to Classic Bass for more information on the 2017 Classic Bass Champions Tour Presented by Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Outboards

Name:  Shane Raveling
Hometown:  Prior Lake, MN
Years Tournament Fishing:  30
Current Tournament Circuit:  North American Bass Circuit, NorthStar Tournament Trail
Tournament Wins:
Shane has amassed over 85 tournament wins, including:
– North American Bass Circuit, Lake Vermillion (2015)
– Full Throttle Team Tournament, Lake Minnetonka (2014)
– Upper Midwest Bass Challenge Series, Lake Reno and Lake Minnewaska (2014)
– Chevrolet Silverado Pro-Am Bass Tour, Green Lake and Lake Minnewaska (2010)
– Chevrolet Silverado Pro-Am Bass Tour Championship (2009 and 2006)
Tournament Accomplishments:
– North American Bass Circuit Team of the Year (2015)
– Kruger Farms Guide Champion (2014)
– Chevrolet Silverado Pro-Am Bass Tour Angler of the Year (2009)
– US Bass Blitz Champion (1996)
Noteworthy Items:
Shane is the current Prior Lake High School Fishing Coach and boat captain.

Name:  Dave Skallet
Hometown:  Andover, MN
Years Tournament Fishing:  25
Current Tournament Circuit:  Fort Francis Bass Championship, International Falls Bass Championship, NorthStar Tournament Trail
Tournament Wins:
– Frankie’s Marine Invitation Tournament, North & South Center/Green Lake
– Minnesota wild Invitational, Gull Lake
– Denny’s Super 30 Minnesota, Whitefish Chain
– Larry Reid’s White Bear Dodge Champions, TOC
– Super Slam, Clearwater Lake
– Chevrolet Silverado Pro-Am Bass Tour, North & South Center
– NorthStar Tournament Trail, Lake Waconia
Tournament Accomplishments:
– From 1992 – 2017, Dave has amassed 46 Top-Ten finishes fishing the following circuits:
– Chevrolet Silverado Pro-Am Bass Tour, Denny’s Super 30,  Super Slam Bass Series, NorthStar Tournament Trail, Fort Francis Bass Championship, International Falls Bass Championship, US Invitational Bass Blitz, Minnetonka Classic, Gander Mountain Invitational and the North American Bass Circuit.
– Chevrolet Silverado Pro-Am Bass Tour, Cool Under Pressure award

Noteworthy Items:
In his time Dave has had the honor of sharing a boat with legends, Larry Bolig and Mark Fisher.   Dave has also given his time to many youth fishing events, including the Holloway Rod and Gun Club Take a Kid Fishing (2016), Ron Schara’s Fishing Clinic (1998 – 2003), Gander Mountain Crappie Kid’s fishing contest fishing (2001), Rubbermaid Casting Kids Contest (1994 – 1999), Fish Fair Kids Fishing Clinic (1999 and 2000), Lake Minnetonka, Kids Day (1994) and Island Lake Kids Fishing Contest (1994).

Name:  Connor Summers
Hometown:  Nevis, MN
Years Tournament Fishing:  12
Current Tournament Circuit:  MT3 Bass Circuit, North American Bass Circuit
Tournament Wins: 
8
Tournament Accomplishments:
– BASS Weekend Series National Championship Qualifier
– BASS Weekend Series Regional Qualifier, Twice

Name:  Andy Walls
Hometown:  Brainerd, MN
Years Tournament Fishing:  7
Current Tournament Circuit:  NorthStar Tournament Trail, MT3 Bass Circuit
Tournament Wins:
– MT3 Tournament of Champions Winner (3 Times, including back-to-back in 2015 and 2016)
– Tony’s Bass, Fish Trap Lake
– Iron Man, Farm Island Lake
– Excel Bass Tournament of Champions, Leech Lake
– Excel Bass, Gull Lake and Le Homme Dieu
– Denny’s Super 30 Minnesota, Gull Lake
– MT3 Bass Circuit, Woman Lake, Pokegama Lake and Leech Lake – Four-Times
– TNB Tournament of Champions, North Long Lake and Gull Lake
Tournament Accomplishments:
– Excel Bass Angler of the Year, Two Times
– MT3 Bass Circuit Team of the Year, Three Times


Name:  Michael Walters
Hometown:  Maple Grove, MN
Years Tournament Fishing:  10
Current Tournament Circuit:  Dicky Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic, MN Teen Challenge, North American Bass Circuit, Sturgeon Bay Open
Tournament Wins:
– UMBCS, Mille Lacs (2016)
– Full Throttle Team Tournament, Mille Lacs (2014)
Tournament Accomplishments:
– Michael has been in the top-10 28 times and the top-five 18 times
– Full Throttle Team Tournament, Team of the Year (2012, 2014 and 2015)
Noteworthy Items:
Michael is founder of TEAM503 and was the first angler to break the 25 lb mark for a tournament limit on Mille Lacs with his UMBCS win 2016.

Name:  Tony Ward
Hometown:  Zimmerman, MN
Years Tournament Fishing:  7
Current Tournament Circuit:  Denny’s Super 30, Fishers of Men
Tournament Wins & Accomplishments:
– Full Throttle Team Tournament (Multiple 1st place finishes and multiple top-three finishes)
– MN Teen Challenge – Brainerd (Multiple 1st place finishes and multiple top-four finishes)
– MN Teen Challenge – Mankato (Multiple 1st place finishes and multiple top-four finishes)
– Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic (Multiple top-ten finishes)
– Fishers of Men (Multiple top-five finishes)
– Full Throttle Team Tournament, Team of the Year

Name:  Tom Whitehead
Hometown:  Brainerd, MN
Years Tournament Fishing:  31
Current Tournament Circuit:  Denny’s Super 30 Minnesota, Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Classic, H2H, MT3, North American Bass Circuit
Tournament Wins: 
Over 40
– Minnesota Pro-Am Invitational (2000)
Tournament Accomplishments:
Tom has over 75 top-three finishes and several angler/team of the year awards.
Noteworthy Items:
Tom is very active volunteering for the many Veteran’s Outdoor Programs at Camp Ripley; including Trolling for the Troops, Fall Musky fishing event, Spring Turkey hunt and the Veteran’s deer hunt.   When time allows, he also participates in: Camp Confidence Classic, Fishing Has No Boundaries and the annual Fishing for Our Heroes tournament.  Tom had the honor to guide the Lt. Governor at the 2008 Governor’s Fishing Opener (we beat the Governor!).  Tom has been involved with the Brainerd Warriors High School fishing team the last couple of years and fully support these awesome High School programs every chance he can.

Name:  Nathan Whiting
Hometown:  Forest Lake, MN
Years Tournament Fishing:  13
Current Tournament Circuit:  Frankies Pro Team, UMBCS
Tournament Wins:
– Frankies Pro Team, Twice
– North American Bass Circuit
– Fishers of Men
– Full Throttle Team Tournament
Tournament Accomplishments:
– UMBCS Minnesota division Points Champion (2016)
– Fishers of Men Regional and National Championship (Five top-ten finishes)
– Dick Hiley St. Jude Bass Class (Several top-ten’s)
– Frankie’s Pro Team (Has finished in the top-ten eight times, including six times in the top-five)
– Gander Mountain Team Tour, 4th place
Noteworthy Items:
Nathan participates in the following youth/charity fishing events: Big Brother, Take a Kid Fishing and Fishing with Vets.

Name:  Brian Wood
Hometown:  Wahkon, MN
Years Tournament Fishing:  14
Current Tournament Circuit:  Major League Series, North American Bass Circuit
Tournament Wins:
Brian has eight tournament wins, including the:
– North American Bass Circuit, Mille Lacs (2015)
– Frankie’s Marine Pro Team (2015)
Tournament Accomplishments:
– Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail Points Champion
Noteworthy Items:
As a local to Mille Lacs, Brian is on the Board of the Mille Lacs Smallmouth Alliance and is on the group that works with the Minnesota DNR on developing regulations for the lake.

 

 

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