Meet the Pro Staff
Meet Our Prostaff!
Ice Strong Outdoors is proud to have Pro-Staff members covering the span of all fisherman - from NAIFC Champions to the weekend fisherman! We are proud to have the following fisherman represent our products:
- Bill Banghart
- Steve Berry
- Ed Begley
- Joe DeVera
- Dave Ellis
- Robert Holmes
- Patrick Olson
- Zach Potter
- Miguel Quintanilla
- Chris Rapp
- Darren Rivers
- Wright Way Outdoors - Chad and Lucas Wright
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Bill Banghart - I grew up in Northern Indiana and fished the local lakes for years as well as Lake Michigan with my dad. In 2003, I retired from the Army as a First Sergeant after 22 years. I have been married for 21 years and have 4 children. My three oldest are daughters who have spent time learning to fish and hunt with their dad when they were little. Now, I enjoy taking my 8 year old son with me and enjoy watching him brag that he can out fish me when he catches a “big one.” My first passion is being a good husband and father and my family always comes first.
I own my own painting business that keeps me busy in the summer, but allows me plenty of time in the winter to hit the tournament trail for ice fishing with the North American Ice Fishing Circuit. I have finished in the top 10 of each qualifier in which I have participated. I have attended the National Tournament for the past three years finishing within the top 30. For the 2015-2016 season, my partner and I finished 13th in the national point standings. I am currently qualified for this next year’s National Tournament and look forward to a great finish. I am looking forward to attending several out of state qualifiers this season and expanding my experience on different bodies of water. Our team D’BangIce Fishing has a Facebook page that continues to grow as we post and provide follower giveaways.
I have participated in the competitive arena for over 30 years participating in numerous local ice fishing derbies and tournaments. During the summer I spend most of my time fishing in bass tournaments in the USA Bassin’ circuit. I have qualified for regional tournaments for the last four years resulting in qualification for the National BassPro Shop/USA Bassintournament on Kentucky Lake. There have also been several other local clubs over the years that have had team events that have included my wife as my partner.
I am also an avid deer and turkey hunter. I enjoy spending time outdoors during all seasons and teaching others how to enjoy the outdoors as well. There is always and open seat on the boat for someone who wants to fish, extra equipment in the shanty, and an open stand for those who are learning to hunt. I love to share my knowledge of skills and techniques to help others as well as learning tips from different anglers. Safety is always stressed first and foremost. I am passionate about the products that I use and educate others on the importance of quality products that range from the best lures to the best augers and shanties on the market. Finally, I love attending and serving wherever there is a need at my local church and have been a believer in Christ going on 20 years along with my wife and children.
Steve Berry - I have been an avid ice fisherman for almost 50 years. I travel to different states every winter ice fishing looking for the next hot bite. I'm a fishing educator doing several seminars and ice fishing schools every year.
A testimonial from Steve:
"I have been Ice fishing well before the first spring bobber was used, and since I have tried most all of them. Matt and Laura Strong have spring bobber fishing down to a science with the three sizes and different actions for most every species of fish. Titanium is the way to go because of the sensitivity and ease of use as well as they are virtually unbreakable. I use all three sizes and am very successful using them."
Joe Devera - I am a tournament ice fisherman from southeast Michigan. Gaining interest with my local newspaper and public access channel, I have had a chance to promote the sport of ice fishing on a limited basis and am excited at the opportunities I get to help grow the sport and the companies I represent.
Giving back through education is important to me, therefore I am dedicated to giving seminars and making videos aimed at teaching tips and tricks through social media, also donating my time with the NAIFC's Kids Camp as well as other youth oriented ice fishing events.
As a member of the J&E Ice Fishing team, I spent the 2015 season honing my skills as a tournament angler on a small local circuit where myself and my partner compiled five top 5 finishes, including two 3rd place as well as “Big Gill” award.
Stepping up to the NAIFC in 2016, we have fished several events with two top 10 finishes and ending the season in the top 15 in Team of the Year points the last two consecutive seasons and looks forward to competing on the circuit this season.