PRO TEAM

Meet our TACO Pro Team – a talented group of professional fishing teams, anglers and charter captains who rock TACO Outriggers, Tele-Outriggers, Sport Fishing accessories and other products on the water. These teams and individuals not only use TACO Sport Fishing systems, but also are passionate about fishing and boating.

LIQUID FIRE FISHING TEAM

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED CHAMPION FISHING TEAM

Captain Mark Henderson, Audrey Henderson, Captain Josh Henderson, Captain Crockett Henderson and Chris Waters make up the Liquid Fire Fishing Team – TACO’s Pro Staff partner for more than 10 years!

The TACO Pro Series GS-450 Outrigger Mounts and 20’ Carbon Fiber Twist & Lock Tele-Outriggers are the outrigger system of choice for LFFT. They run a SeaVee 390Z with Mercury Quad-Powered 400 Verados and a Contender 31 with Mercury Twin-Powered 350 Verados.

LFFT has been competitive sport fishing since 2004 and has received numerous fishing and boating awards, including the 2017 Kingfish Cup Champions, the 2015 Swansboro Five-O Champions and the 2008 SKA Yamaha Professional Kingfish Tour Angler of the Year. The Liquid Fire Fishing Team participates in 15 to 20 tournaments throughout the year while also guest lecturing at several fishing schools and boat/marine-industry trade show year round. Recently, LFFT has expanded to include Liquid Fire Sportfishing Adventures in Swansboro, North Carolina to guide and help clients learn more about this great sport while also enjoying time on the water.

CAPTAIN RAY ROSHER

MISS BRITT CHARTERS

Internationally renowned angler Captain Ray Rosher of Miss Britt Charters has been professionally fishing since 1979 and a TACO Pro Staff for several years.

With a three-boat fleet – 26’ Goldline Open Fisherman, 34’ Rambo Express and 43’ Bacle – Miss Britt Charters uses a host of TACO products, including the Pro Series GS-450 Outrigger Mounts and 20’ Carbon Fiber Twist & Lock Tele-Outriggers, Come On Board Handles, Sport Fishing Rod Clusters and much more. Together with his five-man crew, Captain Ray Rosher regularly competes in Sport Fishing tournaments while maintaining a year-round charter business in Coconut Grove, Florida.

Ray is a two-time winner of the IGFA Offshore World Championship, a three-time winner of the World Sailfish Championship and a five-time winner of the Bertram Hatteras Marlin Tournament, to name a few.

FLORIDA SPORT FISHING TV

CAPTAIN MIKE GENOUN

The TACO Pro Series GS-500 Outrigger Mounts and 20’ Carbon Fiber Twist & Lock Tele-Outriggers are the official outrigger system of Florida Sport Fishing TV aboard their Mercury-powered SeaVee 390Z. Florida Sport Fishing Magazine founder and host of Florida Sport Fishing TV Captain Mike Genoun, alongside Captain Michael Sisto, Captain Matt Arnholt and Brandon Brooks, make up the popular crew who have a loyal following on social media and television.

For more than 40 years, Mike Genoun has fished the entire eastern seaboard and beyond, and is one of the most recognized anglers in the sport fishing industry today.

“I’ve been fishing for nearly my entire life, and as founder of Florida Sport Fishing Magazine and host of Florida Sport Fishing TV, quality gear is vital to our success on and off the water,” Mike said. “That’s why we choose and count on TACO Marine for our Outrigger system. Nothing compares.”

CAPTAIN RICK MURPHY

SPORTSMAN'S ADVENTURES & FLORIDA INSIDER FISHING REPORT

As a native Floridian, Captain Rick Murphy grew up fishing in the waters off Key Biscayne and the Florida Keys. Today, he uses a set of TACO Pro Series GS-500 Outrigger Mounts and 16’ Carbon Fiber Tele-Outriggers.

Along with being a professional tournament angler and the Founder and CEO of RM Media, he is the executive producer and host of three of the most popular fishing shows on TV: Sportsman’s Adventures (celebrating 25 years on the air in 2019), Florida Insider Fishing Report and Texas Insider Fishing Report.

Rick is the all-time winningest saltwater tournament angler in the U.S. with 139 titles to date, and the only professional redfish angler to win three redfish titles in 12 months. He is also the only angler to win inshore and offshore saltwater championships in every category (bonefish, redfish, sailfish, tarpon, permit).

He has won the four Keys Tarpon Fly Fishing Tournaments (Ladies Tarpon Fly, Golden Fly, Don Hawley and Gold Cup), and has taken home Angler of the Year Honors from ESPN, FLW and IFA Redfish Tours. He is a South Florida Sailfish Circuit winner and twice was Master Angler Jimmy Johnson National Billfish Championship.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE TV

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

The TACO Pro Series GS-500 Outrigger Mounts and 20’ Carbon Fiber Twist & Lock Tele-Outriggers are the official outrigger system of Local Knowledge TV!

LK Captains Rush Maltz and Ali Hussainy have been professional sport fishing guides for more than 25 years and currently run a SeaVee 340Z with Evinrude Triple-Powered 300s. Local Knowledge TV, currently in its fourth season, explores the culture of fishing itself and follows real-life characters who spend their lives dedicated to fishing and the outdoors.

Catch Local Knowedge TV April through September on Sunday mornings at 7 a.m. on the Discovery Channel.

4 REEL CHARTERS

CAPTAINS RYAN & SCOTT WENZEL

Together in their SeaVee 340Z, brother duo Captains Ryan and Scott Wenzel are full-time charter fishermen based in Islamorada, Florida.

TACO is a proud sponsor of 4 Reel Charters, who use Pro Series GS-500 Outrigger Mounts, 20' Carbon Fiber Twist & Lock Tele-Outriggers, Transom Cross Tie Portable Cleats, Come On Board Handles and many other TACO Sport Fishing products and Dockside Accessories.

4 Reel Fishing is a regular fixture at many high-profile boat and marine-industry shows, including the Progressive Miami International Boat Show. 

CALIENTE FISHING TEAM

CAPTAIN ARIK BERGERMAN

For 25 years, Captain Arik Bergerman of Caliente Fishing Team has been a top sport-fishing competitor. Bergerman and his team have won 30 1st place titles, as well as numerous 2nd and 3rd place awards, respectively.  

Bergerman and the team’s 39 Yellowfin 2020 with quad Mercury 400s are regulars on Into The Bluefishing show on the Sportsman Channel and can often be seen at the biggest boat shows in the country, including the Progressive Miami International Boat Show for the past 10 years.

Caliente Fishing Team uses TACO Pro Series GS-500 Outrigger Mounts with 20’ Carbon Fiber Twist & Lock Tele-Outriggers. Additionally, Caliente Fishing Team has one of the largest followings on social media of any professional sport fishing team.

TEAM SIMRAD

CAPTAINS MARK & ALEXANDER MAUS

For more than 18 years, Captain Mark Maus and his son, Captain Alexander Maus, have been competitively sport fishing.

Today, as Team SIMRAD on their 36’ Yellowfin CC with Mercury-Powered 350s, they use TACO Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts, 20’ Carbon Fiber Twist & Lock Tele-Outriggers, Transom Cross Tie Portable Cleats and other Sport Fishing and Dockside Accessories.

In addition to being the SIMRAD Brand Manager, Captain Mark and Team SIMRAD are regulars at boat shows and other marine industry events.

CAPTAIN ORLANDO MUNIZ

NOMAD FISHING CHARTERS

Miami-based Captain Orlando Muniz of Nomad Fishing Charters uses TACO Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts and 15’ Aluminum Tele-Outriggers to fish the waters from Miami to the Florida Keys.

For more than 25 years, Captain Orlando has been a fulltime fishing guide. With a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Captain Orlando is a regular writer for multiple fishing and boating publications.

More recently, Captain Orlando has appeared in several FISH TACO TV productions alongside Captain Mark Henderson to showcase TACO’s line of Poly Products for fishing and boating.

CAPTAIN DANNY AVILA

HAMMERTIME SPORTFISHING

South Florida-based Captain Danny Avila uses TACO Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts and 15’ Aluminum Tele-Outriggers for his charter fishing business Hammertime Sportfishing.

When he’s not fishing for snapper or grouper, Captain Danny is using his Grand Slam 280 Outrigger systems to target offshore species. He is a regular guest on FISH TACO TV as well as a fulltime TACO Outside Sales Representative to boat builders throughout South Florida.

CAPTAIN BETTY BAUMAN

LADIES, LET'S GO FISHING

Captain Betty Bauman is a pioneer in creating and directing Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing – a nationally-recognized program designed to build confidence in women and enable them to enter a sport they can share with family and friends. TACO is a proud sponsor of Ladies, Let's Go Fishing, which uses a pair of Grand Slam 390 Outrigger Mounts and 15' Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles on the program's Shearwater 250XTE.

Additionally, Captain Betty energizes the marine marketplace by attracting new consumers through her educational series, dubbed as the "No-Yelling School of Fishing," where women learn about boat handling, use of equipment and have a chance to experience boating and fishing.

So far, there are 8,000 graduates of the program, which takes place in various Florida regions. Captain Betty is recognized nationally for her efforts, including being named as the National Woman of the Year by the American Sport Fishing Association, being recognized as one of the Top 10 Women in American Boating by BoatU.S. Magazine and one of the Top 10 Most Influential Marine Leaders in the 21st Century by Boating Industry Magazine, to name just a few.

FISH MAVERICKS

DISCOVERY CHANNEL

Fishing enthusiasts around the globe know and love the unscripted crew of Fish Mavericks – a professional sport fishing team that is chronicled on the Discovery channel. On the show, the Fish Mavericks crew travel to diverse, exciting locations to experience local culture, fishing and sport fishing tournaments.

In the summer of 2019, Captain Jerry Harris and his son Jake hilariously installed the TACO Pro Series GS-500 Outrigger Mounts and 20’ Carbon Fiber Twist & Lock Tele-Outriggers to their 38 Fountain Powerboat. Watch the install video here.

CAPTAIN BILLY DELPH

DELPH FISHING

ELLIOT LONDON

BAITSTRIPS

Since 2016, Florida-native Elliot London has been competitive sport fishing and running his own budding companies – BaitStrips and running fishing charters. Unlike most Sport Fishing pros, London is still in high school!

In 2018, London won 1stplace for a Mahi and 2ndplace for a Wahoo at a Bluewater Movements Saltwater Shootout. 

On his Cobia 254, London rocks a pair of TACO Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts and 15’ Aluminum Tele-Outriggers.

LEISURE SUIT CHARTERS

CAPTAIN LARRY WEBER

Canada-based fishing guide Captain Larry Weber has spent his life fishing on northern Vancouver Island. He has extensive commercial and sport fishing experience and uses top-of-the-line equipment, including a pair of TACO Grand Slam 280 Outrigger Mounts with a pair of 18’ Deluxe Aluminum Tele-Outrigger Poles.

Captain Larry won 1st place in the 2019 Race for the Blue Albacore Tuna Derby. He also won 1st place in the 2012 Filomi Days Largest Salmon Derby. When he’s not behind the wheel of Leisure Suit Charters, Captain Larry himself can be found fishing for salmon, halibut, tuna and other fresh and saltwater species in the area.

Vancouver Island is one of British Columbia’s top fishing destinations, with the North Island being one of its best-kept secrets. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Leisure Suit Charters offers year-round freshwater and saltwater guided fishing trips.

CAPTAIN GEORGE GOZDZ

From the popular TV show Unfathomed

TACO’s newest Pro Team is Captain George Gozdz – a renowned fisherman from the TV show Unfathomed, who is also a fulltime fishing guide in Stuart, Florida. On his Caymas 28HB with Mercury 400 Verados, Captain George has a pair of Grand Slam 390 Outrigger Mounts, 18’ Deluxe Aluminum Tele-Outriggers and a Grand Slam 900 Anchor & Stern Light.

In 2004, George obtained his captain’s license and became a saltwater guide and quickly found success. After several years of being a local guide, Captain George was a frequent guest host on a number of popular fishing shows. In 2010, this exposure and his reputation as an angler’s angler led to him being tapped as the host of one of the most popular fishing shows “Reel Time Florida Sportsman”.

After over one hundred shows and eight seasons, Captain George was ready for a new challenge and the next chapter in his career. In 2019 production began his new project, Unfathomed. When Captain George isn’t producing Unfathomed, you’ll find him guiding on the waters near his home in Stuart, Florida.

BANDIT FISHING TEAM

Captain Ron Mitchell

The Bandit Fishing Team is a long-time SKA tournament team captained by Ron Mitchell. Their current boat – a Sea Vee 390Z powered by quad Mercury 400 Verados – is equipped with TACO Pro Series GS-500 Outrigger Systems.  

Since 1993, Bandit Fishing Team has been a regular on the sport fishing circuit and is a 2-time SKA Angler of the Year recipient, holds SKA Division 8 and 10 Titles and multiple tournament wins.

The Bandit Fishing Team members are Captain Ron, Caprice Mitchell, Charles Cone and Chris Cone.

Xcessive Risk Fishing Team

Captain Athan Parker

North Carolina-based Xcessive Risk Fishing Team joined the TACO Pro Team family in 2020. Onboard their 39’ Contender with Yamaha 425s, they use a set of Grand Slam 390 Outrigger Systems, a Grand Slam 900 Anchor & Stern Light, a pair of Grand Slam 800 VHF Antenna Mounts and a Grand Slam 170-2 Center Rigger System.

For more than 12 years, Xcessive Risk Fishing Team has fished competitively – winning several KMTs and regulars in the Cape Lookout Shootout and Southern Kingfish Association series.

Xcessive Risk Fishing Team members include Captain Athan Park, Clifton Park, Ben Yansom, Donnie Wilson and Ned Grady.

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