Staff Page



Michael Conrad – MO

Fishing and building lures to bring to the world are my passions. Nothing brings me more satisfaction than to hear a great story of how my lures helped an angler get their 5 x 3 or to catch that trophy of a lifetime.

Bass Craft Crankbaits has become a national brand that I am very proud of.  All of my designs came from my imagination and my experience fishing over the years. I hope that BCCB will become my legacy to leave to my family and friends who have loyally stood by my side. Many of which you will find below me here in this post. My heartfelt thanks goes out to those who have been with me these past years.



National Staff Director


Mike Mueller

I have been bass fishing since I was very young, and began tournament fishing in 1987. While in High School in the early 80’s I started and was president of the Fishing Club, long before HS fishing became popular. I have fished at all levels, but mainly fish the BASS Opens, BFL’s and FLW Rayovacs as a Co-Angler due to my job of running casinos. I am the National Staff Director for Bass Craft Crankbaits and I am proud of how much we’ve grown in the 3 years that I’ve held this role. I currently represent 12 national companies and I am a tireless worker for every one of them.



Pro Staff


Barry Johnson – AR

My primary hobby and passion is fishing . If I can be on the water, I am! I am always learning new techniques. I grew up fishing with my father who took me all the time. We moved to Alpena, AK When I was a freshman in high school. This is where I learned to fish the creeks with balsa crank baits and man did I catch’em!






Bryan Taylor – TX

My name is Bryan Taylor.
I’ve been fishing my whole life. I ve been a fishing guide here in the beautiful Texas hill country for the past few years. I’m the CEO and owner of Bite Club Soap company and Gorilla fishing guide service. I fish the TTZ trail here in Texas along with some smaller club tournaments. I’m also a Texas Parks and wildlife certified angler instructor, my passion for the outdoors is only matched by my sense of humor.
If you like crankbait fishing. ……I’m your guy! I’m also a little NUTS!




Todd Daniel – GA

I started fishing with my Grandfather when I was 3yrs old, and it has been a passion for me ever since. I have been fishing competitively now for more than a decade and the drive and determination to be the best angler I can be is still burning fast. I am married to my beautiful wife Jennifer. I have been a Paramedic for 25 yrs and currently live in Valdosta, Georgia. My favorite lakes are Seminole, Kissimmee Chain and Okeechobee. Favorite techniques are cranking, top water and spinnerbaits.






Joe Dietz – MO

I have been fishing Ozark lakes and streams since I was 4 years old. Currently I participate in the Wal-mart Bass Fishing League in the Ozark division and I also fish several open tournaments a year. In 2016 I will be fishing the Wal-mart Bass Fishing League Ozark Division and possibly some of the Wal-mart EverStart Central Division tournaments.






Francesco Pirani – Italy

I am 43 years old and live in Italy, working in the medical industry Thanks to my father, fishing is my passion.

I love handmade lures. Some of the baits I use are made by me, and during my research on the web I met Michael.
I have been a BASS Member since 2001. I fish in several local and national tournaments here in Italy where bass fishing is growing in popularity where each year, more and more anglers are joining our sport.

My Target is to constantly improve my fishing techniques to one day be at the top competitive level.




Richard Crow – CA

I’m Richard Crow 52 , From So.Cal I’ve been married to my best friend for 32 yrs I have a son n daughter,2 grandsons. I love family n Fishing. I’ve been bass fishing for over 30 yrs n tournament fishing for 28. I’m currently fishing 3 series and fish two bass clubs.






Sgt. Dwight Martinez – NC

I was born in Los Angeles CA. Grew up loving the outdoors hunting and fishing thanks to my grandfather. I am a combat Veteran from the U.S.M.C. I’ve been tournament bass fishing for 6 years. Fishing local trails and the last two years fishing FLW BFL’s. When I’m not teaching youth about Jesus I’m dreaming of fishing and hunting. I love to spend time with my 4 year old son outdoors. I’m an avid weight lifter, Father, Husband of 12 years, Youth Pastor, Hunter, Bass Angler, Jesus Freak. Couldn’t do it without my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the support of family and sponsors.





Josh Fulks – MI

I am a 34 year old CAD Designer who loves the outdoors. I have lived in Michigan all of my life and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I am married and have two children a girl and a boy. Fishing is my main focus in the outdoors. I have been fishing since I was 5 years old and have been a tournament competitor for the last 10 years. My favorite techniques have to be cranking shallow water and flipping shallow cover. My schedule for 2016 includes D&R Sport Center Series, Tulip City Bass Club, West Michigan Bass Tuesday Nights, Grand River Opens, One on One Opens, Shoreline Bass, and a lot of fun fishing. Besides fishing I love introducing the youth to our sport by running and participating in youth tournaments. I run an annual kids tournament every year and participate as a boater in the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Youth Tournament for the last four years. Other than fishing I love spending time with my family.




Ryan Groeteke – MO

I was born and raised in southwest Missouri where I learned the love of the outdoors at a very young age. I spent my weekends fishing with my parents as soon as I could hold a rod and reel and haven’t put it down yet. Over the years I have introduced many to the sport of bass fishing and competitor bass fishing as well as sharing the importance to protect our lakes and rivers has brought me great satisfaction. When I’m not fishing I spend my time building bridges for BNSF railway and spending time with my family.






Vanetta Groeteke – MO

I am from southwest Missouri is the only woman who has won a championship of the Central Pro Am circuit. She fishes as a co-angler as well as several team tournaments each year in a variety of circuits and benefit causes. She currently travels throughout the United States with her full time job as an implementation consultant where she often has the opportunity to share information about her sponsors, love of the sport and conservation. She is asked routinely to share her knowledge of bass fishing at women and children fishing seminars. She has two grown boys, Ryan and Brett whom she has shared her love of fishing and enjoys seeing their accomplishments as tournament anglers.



Tyler Bettinger – MO

I have been fishing on the tournament level since 2002. Most of these tournaments have been locally held tournaments. They lakes that they were held on were Table Rock Lake, Stockton Lake, Pomme De Terre, Grand Lake, Beaver Lake, Truman Lake and Bull Shoals. I have fished a couple of the Bassmaster Weekend events, the Ozark Mountain Team Trail, Anglers In Action, and the Joe Bass Tournament Trail.

I’ve been the manager of Best Discount Muffler and Brakes since 1997. I am determined to achieve, dedicated to never give up or quit, I have a positive attitude to look at the best in all situations, I am a Team Player that is willing to learn from others and I am a man of my word.



Roy DeLosier – SC

I’ve been bass fishing since I was old enough to hold a rod. I grew up in VA, when I graduated High School, I moved to Myrtle Beach, SC. There I started fishing bigger lakes like Santee Cooper and Lake Murray. I spent 12 years there and had a chance to move to FL for work and jumped at the opportunity! Since I have been in FL, I have really started tournament fishing as much as I can. I started in a fishing club, and from there I moved to the BFL’s, the TBF Gator Division, as well as some Team events.




Paul Angelekos – MO

My Grandpa got me started fishing at an early age. I have been a tournament fisherman for over 20 years. I was a member of several clubs in the Kansas City area before moving to the Branson, MO area 10 years ago. I am a member of BASS and the BASS Federation. I am currently fishing the Anglers In Action Solo Pro Series and Team circuits. I was blessed and fortunate enough to win the 2014 Solo Pro Championship on a Bass Craft Crankbait!






Matt Hyde – NY

I’ve been an avid fisherman for over 20 years. I started tournament fishing in 2005, and I fish the FLW BFL’s and Rayovacs. I fish mostly Lake Champlain in New York for Smallmouth, Largemouth, and Pike.

I worked as a guide for several years for Adirondack Champlain guide services. I also worked for Pure Fishing, where I was a Northeast Ambassador involved in seminars, wholesale shows, checking in on stores, shelf stocking and communicating with store managers, including Dicks, Gander Mountain, and Bass Pro Shops in NY, VT and MA.





Matt Dissinger – PA

I fish 120+ days a year and also have competed in numerous tournaments ranging from B.A.S.S. pro-ams and FLW opens to club and local tournaments. States I have fished in are PA, MD, VA, NC and SC. My goal for this and upcoming years is to continue to learn and grow in the sport of bass fishing to help companies get their products out there by supporting them through advertising and referrals and also get out and field test product and give feedback on what I liked and didn’t like. This helps a company greatly in making the best possible product they can in a very competitive market.





Julio Candelerio – GA

I retired in April 2013 from the Army after 27+ years of military service and a few combat tours. Now I’m fully engaged in Bass Fishing Tournaments in the southeast. I fish the FLW Bass Fishing League and the ABA Weekend Series plus local tournaments. My goal is to make it to the Top and fish the FLW Tour or Bassmasters. I discovered the Bass Craft Crankbaits and have been an avid user since then.

I have 10 yrs of Recreational Bass Fishing Experience 2 yrs Local Clubs Tournaments. I use my 27+ yrs military experience as a leader, manager, mentor, coach, trainer and public speaker and work as a TEAM with my sponsors in order to increase marketing exposure in the fishing, boating and truck market and industry all over the United States. I achieve this by marketing and promoting in a manner that generates an increase and continuous interest in the my sponsors products.



J.R. Tarpley – TX

J.R. Tarpley 46yrs old from Kilgore Tx. I have been fishing my entire life thanks to my dad. I started doing tournaments as a young kid and have fished several during my lifetime. I am also on the ProStaff for Impulse Fishing Rods, Santone Lures, Creme Lures and Elite Rod sleeves. I love fishing the East Texas lakes and areas do to the May different types of cover and challenges. I am also a Marine Combat Veteran.






Jeff Crow – IL

I have fished tournaments for over 15 years and I don’t ever plan to stop. I hope to further my fishing and get into the Bassmaster Opens and the Federation someday. I have many awesome sponsors like Bass Craft Crankbaits to help in my endeavors.






Gary “Obi” Collins – CA

My name is Gary Collins, I am a native of Southern California. I have been fishing or playing in the outdoors all my life. I first caught the competitive bass fishing bug in high school and fished team tournaments with my brother. I took a hiatus from fishing to go to college, Moorpark Junior College and California Polytechnice Univerity – San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) and then began a career in commercial printing sales. I returned to bass fishing in the late 90s when I left the printing industry and went to work for one of the first SEO firms. I fished competitively from 2001 to 2008 in local team as well as both regional and national pro-am events. I am now primarily fishing CA BASS Nation (CA State Team member 2013-2016) and my bass club events. I like to spend a fair amount of my fishing time mentoring young and upcoming local anglers to pass my bass angling knowledge forward.







Gabe Litterel – ID

The first time I actually got into the sport of fishing was on my 6th birthday. My uncle took me out for the day and I caught my first ever Largemouth over 4 pounds on my first couple of casts. From that moment on I was hooked and addicted to bass fishing. The following years my uncle took me out every spring for my birthday to the spot where it all began, and every year I caught big bass. I could outcast my uncle at 8 years old and would fish for 13 straight hours. I was running the trolling motor at age 7. As the years passed, I became more comfortable and at age 11 I started to fish the local club. Recently I won the State championship and qualified to fish the FLW Junior Nationals on Caddo Lake.





Clint Long – MO

I live to fish! I love to compete! Putting the 2 together makes tournament bass fishing my favorite thing to do. I compete in FLW BFL’s, FLW Rayovac’s and BASS Opens as a Co-Angler. I like to fish aggressively and the custom balsa baits from Bass Craft Crankbaits really complement my style.



Corey Vose – ME

I am a tournament bass angler out of Maine. By day I am a Category Manager at the US’s 3rd largest food service distributor. I am also the chairman of the August Planning Board, Augusta City GOP, on the Board of Trade, Augusta Downtown Alliance, and the Good Government Committee. I have tremendous support in both my fishing and my professional career from my wife and 2 kids.






Capt. Rick Nitkiewicz – PA

Fishing professionally since 1983 uscg captain guide on Erie Ohio/pa/New York , Okeechobee, Potomac river, Guntersville. Am part of Fish n crazee tv show. Have 14 top 10 places 6 1st place wins. Owner of teamwhoopbassllc.com guide service. On water approx 325 days a year.




Jr. Pro Staff


Ethan Parker – FL

I am Ethan Parker. I am 15 years old and I live in Florida. I love fishing for bass in the ponds and lakes around the state. I began fishing small tournaments in 2015 and recently got my first bass boat. I am a member of Teen Sportsfishing Association as well as a local fishing club and I participate in monthly tournaments with both clubs. I am proud to say that I caught my personal best with a Bass Craft Crankbait PopNWalk! Thank you Bass Craft Crankbaits for letting me be part of this team.





Field Staff


Joe Evrard – WI

My name is Joe Evrard, I’m from Green Bay Wisconsin. I currently fish tournaments in the Great Lakes Division BFL, I began tournament fishing 2 years ago and continue to gain experience and knowledge. My fishing strengths include flipping bushes and cranking ledges. My favorite Basscraft Crankbait is the SB 2.5 Tennessee shad color.






Jeremy Thayer – IA

Jeremy thayer 37, from Grimes, Iowa. Grew up in Minnesota started out fishing walleye tournaments with my dad and have been fishing bass tournaments for over 20 years. Fish all the major trails in and around Iowa and most of those are still with my dad as well as the Iowa federation and bfl’s. Very thankful for the great sponsors that I have been able to promote for along the way and couldn’t imagine not being apart of the bass craft family. #get the net






Nathan Reno – TN

My name is Nathan Reno I’m 21 years old from Murfreesboro Tennessee been fishing since I was 3 years old. Love the outdoors and being outside I currently fish the American bass anglers Ram weekend series as a co angler in the Tennessee central division. Crankbait fishing and topwater fishing are my strengths My favorite basscraft crankbait lure is the SB 1.5 in Missouri craw.






Jeff Jue – CA

I started tournament fishing, about 15 years ago. Some of the circuits I have fished include ABA, CA BASS Federation, Won Bass, Anglers Choice, National Bass West, Tri-Valley Bass, and Top Stick Tour with numerous wins throughout my career. I have also fished with Castaic Bass Club for 7 years and won AOY 3 times.






Scott Gealow – AL

I was born and raised in Iowa but now live in Pinson, Alabama. I love fishing, Hunting, riding my Harley Davidson and restoring my ’68 Camero. I have two great kids and two Grandchildren that keep me busy.

Bass Craft Crankbaits is more than a great fishing lure to me. BCCB is a family thing for as well since I am Michael Conrad’s Uncle.