If it swims, chances are Mark Zona knows how to catch it. Zona -- or simply "Z" as he is known throughout the fishing world -- has been fooling fish with a rod and reel since he was old enough to walk.
He fished his first bass tournament when he was just nine years old and immediately knew the fishing business was his calling. Since then his journey through the fishing industry has included positions in retail marine sales, professional fishing, corporate promotions and instructional seminars.
Mark is the host of Zona's Awsome Fishing Show which airs on the Outdoor Channel every Friday at 8:00 p.m. EST and is also co-host of the Bassmasters television show on ESPN.
Greg Hackney from Gonzales Louisiana fishes both the B.A.S.S Elite Series and the FLW Series and has won on both Circuits. Greg is known for his shallow water prowess and is always a threat anytime he launches his boat.
Among Greg's accomplishments are: FLW Angler of the Year (2005); BASS Rookie of the Year (2004); Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Big Bass Award (1998), One of Two People to Qualify for the Bassmaster Classic and the FLW Cup for 2008; Holds the Record for the Heaviest 3-Day Weigh-In for any FLW Tournament (2008); Tied the Record for Heaviest Single Day Weigh-In for any FLW Tournament (2008); Won Forest Wood Cup (2009).
Greg Has won more than $1.1 million fishing professionally. He is also an avid deer hunter during the offseason.
From successfully competing in club competition, to earning a spot on the Idaho State Team, to making it to the federation championship, and finally securing a tour card by winning the whole thing, Brandon Palaniuk is all in on the professional bass fishing tournament trail. At the age of 25, he had done more than most fishermen have done in a lifetime. After winning the Federation Nation National Championship which gave him a berth into both the Elite Series and the 2011 Bassmaster Classic, there was no looking back. And after missing only 2 cuts in the 2011 Elite season, he returned to the Bassmaster Classic in 2012, 2013 & 2014.
Bobby started his career in FLW in 2004. He fished the Bassmaster Elite Series from 2008-2018. He will fish his 11th consecutive Bassmaster Classic in 2019. In that time he has won the 2009 Kentucky Lake Elite Series Event, as well as the 2018 Eastern Open on Lake Kissimmee. He has been in to top 10- 39 times, top 20- 63 times and the top 30- 82 times. In 2018 Bobby finished 11th in the Bassmaster Elite Series AOY & 2nd in the Bassmaster Opens AOY. Bobby earned Rookie of the Year in his first season on both FLW & Elite Series tours.
Bobby has also fished the Major League Fishing Cup Events since 2012. In that time he won the 2016 Challenge Cup on Lake Harris & won the first ever Major League fishing World Championship in 2017 in Nacadochess, TX. Bobby is excited to join Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour in 2019. The inaugural tournament will be held at the end of January 2019.
Giving back: Bobby also organizes the biggest youth/ high school championship tournament in the state of Florida each year at Camp Mack on Lake Kissimmee. The goal is to further the love of fishing in our youth and to raise money to provide scholarships to those students involved in the sport of bass fishing. Last year we gave out $10,000 in college scholarships & that number increases each year.
After an extremely successful co-angler career in which he climbed his way up the tournament circuit ladder, Blaylock moved to the front of the boat as a pro in 2009. It did not take long for Blaylock to show off his fishing talent, taking him only three tries in 2009 before winning his first Tour event (Lake Norman). Since joining the Tour as a boater, he has finished in the top-10 several times and Blaylock’s highest finish as a pro in the Angler of the Year race came in 2011 (14th).
Randall Tharp started his professional bass fishing career in 2008 and has pocketed over 2 million dollars in tournament winnings. In that time he has 5 Forrest Wood Cup and 5 Bassmaster Classic qualifications. Randall has 3 Bassmaster Open victories as well as FLW Tour and Elite Series wins on his resume. His 2013 Forrest Wood Cup win highlights his 10 year bass fishing career.
Entering the MLF Bass Pro Tour after the most successful season of his professional career, Justin Lucas was the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year.
A resident of Alabama and a native of California, Lucas collected five wins in seven years on FLW fishing as both a co-angler and pro, and has tallied seven wins, 40 Top 10s and almost $2 million in career winnings.
Jeremy Starks hails from Charleston, West Virginia and fishes the B.A.S.S. Elite circuit. Jeremy has appeared in the Bassmaster Classic and has two Elite Series wins to his name, as well as 5 top ten finishes.
He has won approximately a half million dollars in prize money on the professional circuit. Mafia Outdoors is proud to have Jeremy as a member of "The Family!."