Matt has been an avid tournament bass angler since 2006 when he found out that co-anglers were allowed in tournaments. He began competing in a local bass club and his passion for fishing grew stronger. At the age of 19, his co-angler status switched to boater. It was then that the freedom to explore new lakes and the challenge of making on the water decisions began. After being crowned points champion and angler of the year in 2 consecutive seasons in the club, and learning a ton about tournament bass fishing, Matt began fishing in other competitive bass tournament circuits. He is now active in Cash for Bass, BFL, and BASSmaster open tournaments and his love for competitive fishing continues to grow.
Matt is also an experienced bass and walleye angler on Lake St. Clair. In 2011, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in business with the idea that he could turn his passion for fishing into a way to make a living. After college graduation, the studying didn’t stop. Matt spent the next year preparing to be a United States Coast Guard certified captain which he has achieved. After becoming a captain, Matt started Bottom Bouncer Charters, a walleye charter on Lake St. Clair. With a couple seasons guiding for walleye in the books, another opportunity presented itself. Well known full time guide and professional angler, Marcel Veenstra, approached Matt to see if he had any interest in guiding for bass as a part of Marcel’s Guide Service. This was a no brainer, seeing as bass were the species Matt has a real passion for. Marcel, Matt and former Elite Series pro, Ryan Said, make up Marcel’s Guide Service and continue to provide clients with their shot at trophy smallmouth bass on Lake St. Clair, one of the top bass lakes in the country year after year.
As a well-rounded angler, Matt can answer many questions you may have as a fisherman and hopefully provide tips and knowledge that will help you be more successful in your future trips. Feel free to use the contact page for any questions or comments you may have.
Specializing in Michigan's Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass fishing. Come experience the great bass fishing that Lake St.Clair, Lake Erie or any of the Michigan inland lakes has to offer and learn from a tournament pro. Whether you are an experienced tournament angler or a novice looking for an instructional trip to hone your skills, I can tailor your trip to meet your needs.Book Now