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Gary Parsons

 Hometown: Glidden, WI

 Areas/bodies of water that Gary frequents the most: Northern WI Lakes, and Chequamegon Bay in Ashland WI

 Gary would venture to say that his “soft water” exploits are  pretty well known, but many don’t know that ice fishing has always been a main winter pastime for him.  Gary grew up on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, and ice fished for walleyes almost non stop during those years.  It was common for him to drill 30 holes at a time back when it wasn’t talked about, as most of the fishing was done in the basin of the lake. Ice fishing also taught Gary the understanding that “flats or basin” fish often school in very tight pods, and finding them is the key…a philosophy that he later carried to open water fishing to win loads of money in walleye tournaments.  Jigging strokes, electronics, and the ability to figure out fish attitudes were also learned during a lifetime of ice angling.  One of Gary’s passions is joining friends like Jim Hudson and exploring new ice waters…Doesn’t get better than that!

 Gary’s strengths are the fundamental knowledge of just how adaptable walleyes and other species are to fish location….because of their food.  That being said, moving to find fish, relying on his electronics and GPS mapping, and mastering the jig stroke and lure of the day are second nature.  Gary loves to fish for walleyes (go figure), but crappies come a very close second, neck in neck with perch.

 Check in on the ice fishing forums on our site, “www.thenextbite.com“  to learn more!

Keith Kavajecz

Hometown: Kaukauna, WI

 Areas/bodies of water that Keith frequents the most: Green Bay and Lake Winnebago are two of his favorites. The beauty of these two fisheries is that they are very diverse in structure and fish locations so it allows Keith to hone his skills, test new product and try new tactics.

 Although Keith now fishes for a living – specializing in walleye tournaments in soft water – he still loves ice fishing. Of course he now has all the right equipment – Bite Me Box Tipups, shelters, clothing, power auger, ATV, heaters and great electronics that make it a lot easier (and more productive) to enjoy hard water fishing

 Keith is part owner of The Next Bite. They have both a web site and a TV show (on NBC Sports). One of the things Keith’s partners (Gary Parsons and Pete Maina) and he does in these venues is to show people what they are doing. Not just catching fish – but showing them how to find the fish, the steps they take to figuring out a pattern and describing the tackle they use so their viewers can become better anglers.


Chase Parsons

Hometown: Denmark, WI

 Following in his father’s footsteps, Chase Parsons has made an impressive imprint on the fishing industry throughout his short career. Currently at 28 years old, Chase maintains the title as the youngest full-time walleye angler in the world. Throughout his 7 year career, Chase has been involved with many national television and commercial spots for several powerful fishing companies. He works extensively with sponsors in many aspects of the fishing industry, including product development and seminar/video promotions. Chase is a frequent host of “The Next Bite” television show, which airs on NBC Sports.

Has hosted      or appeared on television shows such as: In-Fishermen (PWT), FLW      Walleye Tour, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and The Next Bite

One of Chase’s favorite things to use for ice fishing are large rattle baits to call in big walleyes…many times once you get the fish to come in, you need to use something more subtle, like a simple jig and minnow to get these fish to commit.  It’s one of the most fun ways to catch big walleyes!

Areas and Bodies of water: Lake Winnebago, Bay of Green Bay and any northern Wisconsin Lakes


Capt. Troy Peterson –Mr.Bluegill


Hometown – Menasha, WI

Lakes Fished – Lake Winnebago System, Wolf River, Green Bay, Fox River, Waushara & Waupaca County Lakes

 Primary Species – Walleye, Panfish, Pike, Smallmouth Bass

 Pro Staff- Eskimo, ION, Striker ICE, Custom Jigs & Spins, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Aqua-Vu, BFishin, DH Custom Rods

 Troy Peterson owns and runs Mr.Bluegill Guide Service out of Oshkosh, WI.  Troy grew up on Lake Winnebago and has been fishing the system his entire life.  Troy has appeared on multiple fishing television shows including Midwest Outdoors Television, Fishing the Midwest with Bob Jensen, Outdoors Wisconsin, In-Fisherman and Angling the Great Lakes Television along with local news stations. Troy has also been featured in publications such as Midwest Outdoors Magazine, Fishin Facts, Wisconsin Outdoors News, Great Lakes Angler and other local publications.  You can view his weekly reports with instructional videos on his website www.mrbluegill.com as well as a weekly column on Gannet Newspapers website, Wisconsinoutdoorfun.com. Troy is also a member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers and performs seminars across the Midwest.

 Troy’s specialty is ice fishing and he would tell you he would rather be on the hardwater than fishing out of a boat any day.  His run and gun techniques while chasing fish on the ice have helped him become one of the better known guides on the Winnebago System.  Jigging is something he does best and can surely teach anyone the basics to help put more fish on the ice.

 “’I’m not a huge tip up fisherman but using the Bite Me Box Tip Ups has changed how I fish with clients.  These things are a blast to fish with and better yet they definitely put more fish on the ice.  They are especially deadly for Winnebago perch!” – Troy Peterson



Hardwater Adventures Guide Service Lake of the woods

Jason Taggart

Green Bush, MN

Phone: 1-218-689-9012

I am the owner and operater of Hardwater Adventures ice fishing guide service on beautiful Lake of the Woods located out of Birch Beach. I started this business in 2007 and use a SnoBear as my transportation and fish house all in one. Its a great opportunity for guests to experience something different up in the north land. With the SnoBear if the fish arent biting in one location we can quickly move to another location in a matter of minutes. I started using Bite Me Box tip ups late last season and we had great results and I cannot wait to set them up this season. They are absolutely going to be a part in my ice fishing this season. All my guests last spring had a blast using these and I did also. Thanks again on a great product!! 


Adam Seman

Nanticoke, PA


Northeast Pennsylvania ice fisherman 


Avid panfish hunter


On the hard water three times a week


Full member of icefishin247.com 



Edwin Renninger 

I fish large and small lakes in Northeastern Pennsylvania from ice out to mid November for Sunfish, Crappie, Catfish, Perch, Bass, Chain Pickerel, Trout, and Walleye. I enjoy ice fishing the best and am always assisting those who are new to the sport become familiar with gear and techniques.  I always enjoy the intrepid faces when a rookie “walks-on-water” for the first time. I was introduced to Bite Me Box tip-ups a few years ago. I have had great success with them finding fish and ultra sensitivity on getting strikes.  They work great for not just perch, crappie, and panfish, but also for Walleye, yes those ugly monsters of the deep! I put Bite Me tip-ups out at 6:00 AM and use them on throughout the day, having great success not limited to their use at dark.  The use of Bite Me Box Tip-Ups has contributed to the continued success of this  ice cold ice fisherman. Stay safe and Fish On!!  
Edwin Renninger

Salisbury, NC


Jamie Kurth

St Paul, MN