Pro Staff

Pro Staff2020-03-23T15:55:20+00:00

If you’re interested in serving as one of our Pro Staff, send an email to Brodie at [email protected].

Click on a team member below to see more information.

Rob Purdy

Rob Purdy

Come back soon… Under Construction.

Jon-Paul Dafonte

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.
Robert Gross

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!
Josh May

Josh May

Plano, TX

Come back soon… Under Construction.

James McDowell

James McDowell

Vidor, TX

James lives in Vidor, Tx with his wife Christa. James is the principal of Vidor High School and a veteran of the Army National Guard. James and Christa attend Turning Point Church with their two sons, Bailey and Brady.  His involvement with his church includes serving as a life group leader and volunteering for various events.  James competes in 12-15 Redfish tournaments per year including the Galveston Redfish Series, the Backwater Challenge, and other tournaments along the middle and upper coast.
Charlie Melton

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!
Tanner Thompson

Tanner Thompson

Corpus Christi, TX

Come back soon… Under Construction.

Kevin Bryant

Kevin Bryant

Flower Mound, TX

Come back soon… Under Construction.

Jarrod Christmas

Jarrod Christmas

Livingston, TX

Jarrod and his family are members of Servant United Methodist Church in Newton, but due to a very recent move to Livingston, TX are currently on the hunt for a fellowship to join there. 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.
Coy Greathouse

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 Sikes

Josh Sikes

Pineville, LA

Come back soon… Under Construction.

Richard Wade

Richard Wade

Comanche, TX

Richard Wade lives in Comanche, TX with his wife and “Love of His Life”, Stephanie. Together they attend Lighthouse Church in Stephenville, TX. Richard is an avid fisherman and a full-time fishing guide. If you ask Richard why he serves on the Blast & Cast Men’s Ministries Pro-Staff, he would say… “I’m saved! I love the Lord and I’m willing to help build the kingdom of God. I’m diligent in sharing the testimony God has given me. The Lord is all I have! With that I embrace every moment to share the good news of Jesus Christ! God is so, so Good. I’m honored to partner with Blast and Cast Men’s Ministry and spread the news of Jesus Christ and lead others to the Cross!”
Shawn Hrubes

Shawn Hrubes

Metairie, LA

Come back soon… Under Construction.

Steve Smith

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.
Derek Martin

Derek Martin

New Mexico

Please welcome Derek Martin to our Pro Staff team! Derek is a lifelong resident of New Mexico, an experienced big game and fishing guide, and owner of Wilderness Outfitter Productions where he has been pointing hunters and anglers to the cross. His background as a teacher and coach for 22 years while leading student/athletes for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has kept him in the game of Guiding for God. He is a certified John Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker and has proven leadership skills to help organizations succeed while growing in faith, guiding and serving others.
 
We’re excited to partner with Derek and Wilderness Outfitter Productions, so please give him a warm welcome! (And a little plug, now is the time to talk to Derek about putting in for the New Mexico big game tag draws!)
Hunter Baughman

Hunter Baughman

Arkansas

Come back soon… Under Construction.

Robbie McDonald

Robbie McDonald

Arkansas

Come back soon… Under Construction.

Dean Hulce

Dean Hulce

Powers, MI

Dean has experienced 30 years of hunting, fishing & guiding from the mountains of Kodiak Island, Alaska to the Tidal flats of coastal Florida. From the Colorado Rockies to the Texas Brush Country. His writing has appeared in many national magazines as well as daily devotionals that go out to thousands of people each day. He has published several faith based books. He’s also produced a hunting video with a great message on what’s truly important in hunting and life. Over the last 25 years Dean has appeared in many television outdoor programs and hunting videos. He has enjoyed speaking at many outdoor events and churches across the Midwest, sharing hunting stories and God’s love to all who will listen. Welcome to Blast & Cast Men’s Ministries, Dean! Coming Soon… Links to Dean Hulce books.
Dustin Rardin

Dustin Rardin

Four Corners

Come back soon… Under Construction.