Ambassadors

FishUSA Ambassadors are extension specialists who are highly recognized in their respective regions and who also represent FishUSA within their networks. These spokesmen and women help to introduce the benefits that FishUSA provides to anglers across the country. Similar to Pro Staff, Ambassadors contribute fishing content on the water, product reviews and demonstrations, insight on fishing tactics, and a passion for fishing.

Richard Hajecki FishUSA Ambassador

Richard Hajecki

Captain Richard Hajecki, of Crazy Yankee Sportfishing, has fished Lake Ontario for 30 years. Operating from the Port of Rochester to the Niagara River, Captain Rick is often found chasing salmon and trout in the warmer months and perch through the ice during the winter. From spring Chinook on the Niagara Bar, to trophy trout and salmon off Oak Orchard Creek in the fall, Captain Rick is dedicated to boating Lake Ontario giants. His team has won multiple tournaments and titles since they began competitive fishing in 2007. Captain Rick is sponsored by A-TOM-MIK, Bay Rat Lures, Daiwa, Dreamweaver, Offshore Tackle Company, Costa, Familiar Bite, Humminbird and Smart Troll. To learn more about Captain Rick and Crazy Yankee Sportfishing, visit his website.




Roger Hinchcliff FishUSA Ambassador

Roger Hinchcliff

Roger Hinchcliff began fishing the riverbanks of Michigan nearly four decades ago. He is a featured speaker, blogger, and successful author of many published articles. Considered an authority on tributary steelhead fishing, he loves sharing his expertise with other anglers. Roger originated Steelhead Manifesto, a blog and discussion outlet for all things steelhead and the anglers who chase them. Steelhead Manifesto draws fans from around the world and is an excellent source for discussion, tips, tactics, and more. His favorite method is centerpinning. Roger is sponsored by Brad's Killer Fishing Gear, Cortland, Great Lakes Steelhead Co., Korkers, Lamiglas, Lick-Em-Lures, Pro-Cure, Yakima Bait, Bearings, Boca Fishing Reel, Dave's Tangle Free Fishing Weights, Dr. Juice, Dryft, Fishheads Gear, Kast, Smith Optics, Stealth Craft Boats, Voodoo Custom Tackle and WFO Worms. To learn more about Roger and Steelhead Manifesto, visit his website.




Tim Hyvonen FishUSA Ambassador

Tim Hyvonen

Captain Tim Hyvonen operates WIFinlander Guide Service in Oak Creek, WI, where he has been chasing steelhead, brown trout, Chinook and Coho salmon for over 20 years. Captain Tim recently obtained his captain’s license and enjoys competing in many tournaments on Lake Michigan. In addition to running charters and guiding, Captain Tim offers fly and centerpin fishing lessons. His goal is to help others learn something new during every outing. During the winter, he also travels to surrounding states competing in ice fishing circuits. Captain Tim is sponsored by 13 Fishing, Raven, Simms, Creek Candy Bead Co, Line Cutterz, NPS and Tackle Webs. To learn more about Captain Tim and WIFinlander Guide Service, visit his website.




Mark Maule FishUSA Ambassador

Mark Maule

Mark Maule is an avid multi-species kayak angler from northern Minnesota. He spends around 120 days per year pursuing northern pike, largemouth and smallmouth bass, crappies, bluegills, walleyes, and muskies in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Mark has been kayak fishing for over a decade and has been successful on the tournament circuit. He has a “no room for complacency” mindset as there is always something more to learn in this relatively new sport. While he is driven to meet his individual goals, he is also passionate about teaching and getting others involved in kayak fishing. Mark is sponsored by Yo-Zuri. To learn more about Mark and to see some of catches, visit his Facebook page.




Paul McCue FishUSA Ambassador

Paul McCue

Paul McCue has a long history in the fishing and fisheries science fields. He has worked as a Fisheries Biologist Aide for the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. Paul has also served as a lodge guide for salmon and steelhead in Alaska, as well as a guide in Pennsylvania and New York. Now located in Dayton, PA where he is often found chasing smallmouth, Paul runs a weekly summer bass tournament series on the Allegheny River drainage. Paul has an impressive tournament record in regional bass circuits and has a thorough understanding of trends in the bass industry.





Andy Platko FishUSA Ambassador

Andy Platko

Captain Andy Platko grew up in the charter fishing business under the tutelage of his father, John. Fishing since he could walk, Captain Andy was his father’s first mate from day one. Captain Andy now operates Rough House Charters in Erie, PA, where he specializes in targeting walleye, perch, lake trout, steelhead, and smallmouth bass in the central and eastern basins of Lake Erie. With his upbringing, he is well versed in all the responsibilities of running a charter for Lake Erie giants. Captain Andy is sponsored by Big Jon, Daiwa, Dutch Fork Custom Lures, Fish Hawk Electronics, Slide Diver, Humminbird, Lake-Link and Precision Trolling. To learn more about Captain Andy and Rough House Charters, visit his website.




Jennifer Pudenz FishUSA Ambassador

Jennifer Pudenz

Jennifer Pudenz is the founder of ADVENTURESS, a digital magazine tailored for outdoor women and the country lifestyle. Growing up in Iowa, Jen learned to hunt, fish, and appreciate outdoor living at a young age. Now she strives to promote fellow outdoor women as inspiring role models for youth and the outdoors. A double major in journalism and design in college, Jen’s abilities as a writer and photographer are evident through her engaging articles. Her true fishing pursuit is ice fishing in the winter, where she chases slab crappies and panfish. Jen is sponsored by Striker Ice. To learn more about Jen and ADVENTURESS, visit her website.




 Ashley Thomas FishUSA Ambassador

Ashley Thomas

Ashley Thomas’ passion for the outdoors extends far beyond the waters of Texas where she grew up fishing for coastal redfish and jigging up Lake Fork crappies. Her studies led her to the Midwest where she attended Iowa State University and received her Master’s in Animal Science. Now a resident of Iowa, Ashley spends her days chasing down multispecies bites all across the Midwest. Whether it’s a walleye rigging bite on Minnesota’s famed Lake Mille Lacs, a finesse jig bite for Iowa Great Lake bluegills on the ice, or a trolling bite for big southern Iowa crappies on planer boards, she has a range of skills that have made her a recognized female angler in the industry. Her goal is to promote the excitement of fishing and the outdoors and help aspiring female anglers get out and have fun on the water. Ashley is sponsored by Do-It Molds and JT Outdoor Products. To learn more about Ashley and her fishing adventures, visit her on Facebook and Instagram.



Tristan Weaver FishUSA Ambassador

Tristan Weaver

Tristan Weaver is the owner of Chrome Dream Guide Service in Michigan City, MI. He is often found chasing Skamania steelhead and big brown trout with his centerpin setup, which he has a passion for capturing in his dramatic and engaging photos. Recently armed with a new drift boat, Tristan has a knack for often landing huge fish that most anglers never have a chance to hook. Tristan is sponsored by Raven, Fishheads Canada, Jammin Jigs and Kypefish Quality Flies. To learn more about Tristan and Chrome Dream Guide Service, visit his Facebook page.





Hugh Worth and Stacy Padilla FishUSA Ambassadors

Hugh Worth and Stacy Padilla

Hugh "Jamie" Worth and Stacy Padilla are a team through and through. Hugh has a unique and well-traveled background in the fishing industry, including previous stints as a Pro Staff member and employee for several manufacturers and retailers before moving to Erie, PA. An active bass angler, he has an been a member and tournament angler on several professional circuits. Stacy is also an accomplished angler with the ability to find high-quality fish, and together with Hugh, she has competed in and won several couples tournaments. Hugh and Stacy are often found fishing the waters of Lake Erie with their children, who also have an aptitude for catching above-average fish. Their passion is to share the fishing and outdoor experience with others through teaching, seminars, promotion, and social media. To learn more about their work and to see some of their catches, visit Hugh's Facebook page.