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Blake Champion

Blake Champion, from Hueytown Al, has been chasing redfish in the coastal marshes of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas for the past 15 years. Louisiana, in particular has become a home away from home. Blake received his bachelor’s of science degree in 1992 and then his Doctor of Veterinary medicine degree in 1996 from Auburn University. He has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery in Hueytown, Al since 1996 and has been a practice owner since 2004.

Blake is married to Crystal Champion and has 3 wonderful kids; stepson – Alec [age 16], son – Ben [age 10], and daughter – Jesi [age 3]. The entire family has a love and passion for the water and the outdoors. Both Blake and Crystal believe that there is lifetime of lessons that can not be taught, but only learned through experiencing what God has given us in the outdoors. More times than not you will find the Champion’s on a boat, in a tree stand, or waiting for a turkey to gobble….. truth be told, Crystal is probably the more avid angler and definitely superior in the woods with the kids gaining fast!

Tournament fishing since 2006, Blake has 3 wins, multiple top 5 and top 10 finishes, and a 2010 tour championship on his resume. Tournament fishing has led to the concept for TailinReds, a collection of like minded touring anglers with a vision for success, conservation, friendship, and the betterment of the sport as a whole.

Any opportunity to be on the water or in the woods is a blessing not to be taken for granted. Take the time to stop for just a second and look around and be amazed that you have a chance to live and play in God’s country.”


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Chris Schieble

Chris Schieble a native of Milwaukee Wisconsin and a transplant to Louisiana for the past fifteen years. Chris received his bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1992 and moved to Louisiana to earn his master’s of science degree in fisheries biology from the University of New Orleans in 1998, where he has been employed as the research operations manager ever since. Chris functions as the primary marine biologist for the Nekton Research Laboratory at UNO where he conducts marine fisheries research from Lake Pontchartrain to the Chandeleur Islands Louisiana. Chris’ primary research interests include conservation of at-risk species such as sharks in the Gulf of Mexico and estuarine dependent species such as red drum in the marshes of Louisiana. Due to overfishing in the 1980’s red drum where almost extirpated from the marshes of Louisiana. Since then, the absence of commercial fishing for redfish and extremely proactive conservation efforts by biologists and anglers alike have brought the redfish stocks back to higher numbers than previously reported. The successful conservation of redfish in Louisiana is what has prompted Chris to participate in tournament fishing for redfish as a hobby. Most redfish tournament organizations are very active in promoting the capture, tag and release philosophy that aids biologists in the tracking, movement and life history study of redfish through these events. Chris believes that this philosophy and a tagging program should be a mandatory part of any redfishing tournament organization.

Mike Bushman

Mike started fishing competitively in 1993. Fishing in bass circuits first and then into the walleye circuits in Wisconsin while being successful in most of the tournaments. Mike was a home builder for 35 years in Door County, Wisconsin. He moved down to Louisiana in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, where he rebuilt many homes that were destroyed and also built new homes. After catching his first red fish, he was hooked! Mike retired from home building and moved to Covington, La. where he works as a supply boat captain servicing the Gulf of Mexico. Even with a demanding work schedule, he fishes as many redfish tournaments as he can. With his partner Chris Schieble, they have a great start to a long career of red fish tournament fishing! During their short career, the team has placed in the top ten in Louisiana for three years running. When asked what attracts him to tournament fishing, Mike replied, “The reason I like to tournament fish is the competition between the teams and that all of the fish that are caught are tagged and released back into the mashes, to be caught again. This is the part of conservation that I like.. Remember the most important thing, to preserve our sport is to share your experiences with your kids and grand kids, take a kid fishin’.”