Jarrod Christmas (Livingston, TX)
Jarrod has doubled down in his service to our community as an Army veteran and a current a DPS Trooper and generally brings the type of upstanding character that is necessary for a strong witness on the tournament trail. He’s an avid bass fisherman that spends 60-70 days a year on the water and is active in various tournament trails throughout East Texas.
We’re committed to bringing the Gospel to the bass tournament scene just like we have on the coast, and Jarrod is going to play a key role in doing so.
Jon-Paul Dafonte (Houston, TX)
Jon-Paul lives in Houston, TX and is a member of Bammel Church of Christ where is he is active in the youth mentorship program and various kid’s programs. A veteran himself, Jon-Paul is also active in men’s support groups where he has a passion for helping veterans and young men going through difficult times. Jon-Paul is an avid saltwater fisherman that competes professionally in the Elite Redfish Series, Rudy’s Redfish Series, and the Galveston Redfish series and is generally the type that has never met a stranger. He’s also an avid bow hunter that has traveled the world in pursuit big game species with his bow.
Jacob Johanson (Angleton, TX)
Jacob lives near Angleton, TX and is a member of Hope Lutheran Church. A bit of a jack of all trades, Jacob fishes both saltwater and freshwater and enjoys hunting both waterfowl and deer… but he’s particularly active in the various professional redfish tournament trails. Jacob actively competes in the IFA series, Rudy’s Redfish Series, Galveston Redfish Series, and lots of local trout and redfish tournaments.
Justin Lanclos (Sulphur, LA)
Justin hails from Sulphur, LA where he attends Maplewood Baptist Church. Just is an avid archer with a history in competitive 3D shoots. He’s also the founder of LouisianaBowhunter.com, a passion that he’s been building into successfully for several years now. As Blast & Cast continues to move towards ministry in Louisiana, Justin promises to play a huge roll and we’re excited to have him on board.
Jay Lawson (Corrigan, TX)
Jay lives in Corrigan, TX and is a member of First Baptist Corrigan. He fishes on the college team for Stephen F Austin and will be graduating in August. He and his partner recently qualified for the FLW national championship tournament, which is a big deal! He also regularly competes, and cashes checks in, the Bass Champs and Texas Team Trail series.
Jay didn’t apply for the Pro Staff team… he applied for the Field Staff team. That’s just the kind of guy he is. In talking to him and hearing him describe how the Lord had used Blast & Cast to bring a greater meaning to his fishing and his desire to find ways to share the Gospel on the tournament trail, it became evident that he’s the kind of guy we were looking for to help pave the way in East Texas.
Coy Greathouse (Corinth, TX)
Coy lives in Corinth, TX and is an avid bass angler that puts a lot of work into the tournament trails that he competes in. As a result of that hard work, he’s very competitive in the tournament scene and has multiple wins behind him to prove it. He’s also pretty open about his aspirations to someday compete with the Elites at the top of the field!
Interestingly, Coy also served as a youth pastor for 7 years prior to moving to the DFW area and even has a degree in youth/family ministry. That experience will prove useful as we partner together to point tournament bass fishermen to the cross. We’re really excited about this partnership as Coy will help us continue to grow our presence in the DFW area and help a great deal in our efforts to duplicate what we’ve done on the redfish tournament scene in the bass world.
Josh Gregory (New Braunfels, TX)
A fellow Laguna Custom Rods pro, Josh fishes the Elite Redfish Series, Rudy’s Pro series, the IFA series, and any other one day tournaments that fit into the schedule. Josh lives in New Braunfels, TX with is his wife Erin and is a member of Oakwood Baptist Church.
Robert Gross (Groves, TX)
Robert is a tournament fisherman that spends 150 days a year on the water chasing redfish in the marshes around Sabine Lake. He lives in Groves, Tx with his wife Haley and their 2-year-old, and is a member of Life Church in Port Arthur. Robert is a solid fisherman that is fun to be on a boat with. I (Brodie) had the special privilege of baptizing Robert last year at a boat ramp in the Neches River…it’s something that I’ll always remember! We’re proud to have Robert on our team and we are stronger with him!
Charlie Melton (Rosenberg, TX)
Charlie tries to play off the gruff exterior, notoriously not smiling for pictures when he’s up on stage winning money at tournaments. But, when you listen to others talk about him, and you learn more about what he has done for a lot of the anglers we compete with, it’s easy to see through the gruff exterior and see a man that genuinely cares about other outdoorsmen and goes above and beyond to help others… so long as it doesn’t include giving away his secret fishing holes! He’s extremely well respected among coastal fishermen, both professional and amateur alike, and is regarded as a man that competes with professionalism and character.
Charlie lives in Rosenberg, Tx and is a member of the Journey Church. He is an avid kayak fisherman that fishes about 25 tournaments a year, mostly for redfish, including the GRS, LSKS, and Elite Kayak Series. He usually finishes well (but most folks believe that it’s due to his partnership with Scott Story, aka The Fish Whisperer). We are certainly a better team with Charlie on board!
Matthew Roubieu (Crosby, TX)
Matt has been fishing tournaments on behalf of Blast & Cast for a couple of years now. Matt lives in Crosby, TX and attends Humble Baptist Church. For his family, being on the water is just a way of life. He and his boys are just as likely to be chasing frogs and juglining catfish as they are to be deer or duck hunting. Or they might be chasing redfish through the bays or red snapper offshore! Many Blast and Cast regulars have been in a boat with Matt and his boys at ministry events, and everyone always knows that they have a good time out on the water whether they’re catching anything or not.
Steve Smith (Lafayette, LA)
Steve lives in Lafayette, La and is a member of The Bayou Church in Lafayette. He is a regular on the Elite Redfish Series and Rudy’s Pro Series tour stops. This is a guy that is on the water nearly 200 days a year and owns 4 boats and a kayak to help him pursue redfish throughout coastal Louisiana. He’s also a guide, so you guys keep him in mind any time you’re interested in catching some Louisiana redfish.
Steve has a very relatable testimony to share with other anglers on the tour. A lot of guys think that they need some traumatic or miraculous story in order to share an effective testimony about the impact God makes in their life… but that’s not true! What you need is a RELATABLE story of how God has changed your life. Real life stories that everyday guys can relate to are the key to sharing a testimony that leads others to the Lord…and Steve has those stories.