Meet Our Team

Our Team

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Bobby Bailey

Pro Staff Director Western region
Tournament Angler
Occupation: Insurance Agent
Favorite Bait: Coffin Craw
Favorite technique: Flipping and Pitching

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Bill (Wildbill) Wassmann

Social Media Manager (1st Contact)
Occupation: Bass Angler
Favorite Bait: Mighty Minnow
Favorite Technique: Power Fishing a jig

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Shannon Stentzel Wells

Social Media Manager (BassReaper Twitter)
Occupation: Customer Service Rep.
Favorite Bait:
I-Sickle/ Deadstix
Favorite Technique: Finesse/Dropshot
Tournament Angler: Lady Bass Anglers Association, USA Bassin, Gateway Bass

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Matt Leicester

Eastern Region Pro Staff Director
Tournament Angler: FLW Series
Occupation: Emergency Manager/Paramedic
Favorite Bait: Coffin Craw
Favorite Technique: Junk/finesse

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Wade Werner

Product Design Artist
Occupation: General Contractor
Favorite Bait: Contagion
Favorite Technique: Flippin, Pitchin, & Reapin
Dad, Husband, Tournament Angler

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Richard Cooper

DOB: 5/3/86
Benson NC
Family: Ashton Cooper (Wife) Benton Cooper (Son)
Hobbies Outside of Fishing: Golf
Fishing Highlights:
2015 Bassmaster Opens Northern Division 9th Place James River.
2016 Bassmaster Opens Northern Division 13th Place James River
2017 Bassmaster Opens Northern Division 13th AOY Points
2015, 2016, 2017 BASS Federation State Team Qualifier.
Home Lake: Kerr Lake

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Kaoru O’Bryan

Biography

As founder of the new nonprofit organization, Kentucky Pro Bass Warriors, Kaoru O’Bryan is no stranger to the fact that fishing is much more than a hobby, it is a passion and that is a great source of therapy and healing to soldiers returning back to the civilian life. “We take Wounded, Active Soldiers and Veterans out fishing once a month.” He says about the organization that he spends much of his time supporting and promoting.

With humble beginnings in his passion for fishing, Kaoru recalls bluegill as his first fish around the age ten, since then he has come a long way in the competitive sport of bass fishing. Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky and fishing in that area, he had this to say about his hometown, “I love living in Louisville. Great people and close to a lot of lakes, and the cost of living is good.”

Kaoru has been fishing tournaments since 1986 winning many team events along the way. He advanced quickly fishing national events back in the nineties in the Redman events, and fished seventeen BASS invitational. He won the Southern Division in 2002 as a team and placed 3rd as a Bass event at Lake of the Ozark back in April of 1994. More recently he has fished the PAA, BFL’s and the Kentucky BASS Federation winning 4 national events and 1 Federation Championship event. With his prior accomplishments he hopes to return to tournament fishing as a professional in BASS opens toward the Elite or in the FLW tour.

Kaoru says that he prefers lakes such as Kentucky and Barkley Lake and also the Ohio River as he tries to best his largest bass to date that was an 8lb jig fish. “I like to use moving baits such as a Buzz bait, splash-it, crank bait or spinner bait as a search bait. Once I locate bass than I can slow down and throw plastics or jigs”. My newest personal best largemouth came about 4 years ago at Ky Lake it was a 9.8 toad.

He shared one of the toughest lessons that he has learned in his fishing is to fish slower when he should. He also says that one thing he has learned is to stop second guessing himself.  “Just go with your instincts and gut feeling.” He says. This must pay off for him as he has reached some impressive milestones with a 3rd place finish in the BASS at Lake of the Ozark, and won the state federation championship in 2013.

Kaoru is a motivated competitor and this is part of his drive in tournaments, “I like the competition. I played all types of sports so I am competitive – plus I love to fish and it’s my passion.” He says. With his saying, “One fish at a time”, Kaoru continues to follow his dreams as a professional tournament angler.

Kaoru also was the owner of his Remodeling Company, Kaoru O’Bryan Remodeling LLC for several years doing Home Remodeling from Room Additions, Basements, Baths, Kitchens and more. I moved to Ky Lake in October of 2018 and now live at Ky Lake and live there full time. I had on planed on fishing full time in 2019. But unexpectedly I had to have Open Heart Surgery on March 5th 2019 which came as a major shock in my fishing career and looking for some help with my career with some companies and to help me reach my goal of doing this again as full time job. I love to help promote companies and their products, I think having my own business has heled since I had to sell my self to get jobs. Also have a Professional Web Site with Pro Site Unlimited.

FISHING EXPERIENCE:
BFL PAA
B.A.S.S BASS Weekend series
Flw Costa Flw THMarine BFL
KY Bass Federation

CURRENT SPONSORS:
Denali Rods
Baitmate Fishing Attractant
TH Marine
Lews
Taylor Battery/ Deka
Zeko Shoes
Simms Fishing Products
Vicious Fishing
Lure Lock
Atomic Bass Jersey
Stanley Jigs
Bullet Weights
Daiichi Hook

Kaoru O’Bryan

ACOMPLISHMENTS:
Won 6 National Tournaments
Won 30 first place team tournaments
Top 10 – 15 times in BFL/Redman
Top 5 – 8 times BFL/Redman
3rd place – B.A.S.S. Lake of the Ozark
2014 1st place Kentucky State Bass Federation Championship

Fishing Web site with Pro Sites Unlimited

www.kaoruobryanfishing.com
www.facebook.com/Kaoruobryantournamentangler
Twitter@kyprobassangler.
Kaoruobryanfishing Instagram

CHARITY EVENTS:
Kentucky Pro Bass Warriors
www.kentuckyprobasswarrior.com
www.facebook.com/KentuckyProBassWarrior

Founder of the Kentucky Pro Bass Warrior Organization. A Organization that takes Wounded Soldiers, Active and Veterans fishing once a month from March to Nov. Our web site is www.KentuckyProBassWarrior.com

CURRENT SPONSORS:
Denali Rods
Baitmate Fishing Attractant
TH Marine
Lews

Taylor Battery/ Deka
Zeko Shoes
Simms Fishing Products
Vicious Fishing
Lure Lock

Atomic Bass Jersey
Stanley Jigs
Bullet Weights
Daiichi Hook