2019 Pro Staff Team


Anthony Woodcroft

Pro Staff
Keswick, Ontario, Canada

I started fishing over 30 years ago with my father. He taught me how to be an outdoorsman and shared his passion for fishing with me. I learned to love the art of the catch from my father and uncle on trips to North West Territories, Northern Ontario, Northern Quebec and in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. I began fishing for Panfish and Bass in Lake Simcoe and Kawartha Lakes, and in recent years evolved to chasing trophy Kings and Walleye in the Great Lakes.

In 2018 the passing of my father inspired me to create a brand in his memory called 'The Big One Cut Bait Co.' featuring Alewife Cut Bait and Glow Meat Technology. Through my continued passion for fishing and promoting quality brands, that I use and love, I am proud and excited to be a part of the Big Jon Pro Staff Team.

Why Big Jon?

I choose to run Big Jon on my boat because I know the products will last forever, they are compact and simple to use. Big Jon is the best in class for service and performance on the water. Their products help my program/spread stay organized while tournament or recreational fishing with friends and family.

Michael Anderson

Pro Staff
Manistee, Michigan, USA

Ever since I was a little kid, fishing was my first passion. Around 9 years old I would sneak the rowboat out for a quick session in hopes I’d make it back in without getting caught. Fast forward 25 years an I’m still chasing fish all over the Great Lakes. From the huge spring walleye down on Lake Erie to chasing Chinook all along the Lake Michigan shoreline. I’ve been currently working out of Manistee Michigan with “Class Act Charters” and working towards getting my OUPV license. This sport has given me drive and passion to where I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be than when that sun pops up over the horizon. They say if you truly love what you do, you don’t work a day in your life. They apparently never limited out on 4 year old Kings in an hour.

Why Big Jon?

Big Jon offers me products I know will last season to season and take the abuse and beatings of big Lake Michigan Kings all the way down to light biting Walleye. A quality product made in right in my back yard of Michigan. We have had Big Jon products around my whole life in the garage and on the boats. From waxes to trolling products. Big Jon has always been family.

Cory Yarmuth

Pro Staff
Villa Park, Illinois, USA

My name is Cory Yarmuth and I am an Outdoor Professional and communicator. I am an award winning author for several publications in print and online. I have had a fishing rod in my hand for over 40 years and am always learning something new every day. It is my goal to bring my experience and ideas to the public to allow me to teach others about the world of fishing and the outdoors. Legend Outdoors is my company that I have developed to share my love of the outdoors.

Why Big Jon?

Big Jon is a company for the fisherman by the fisherman. This company builds products that are not only designed for the angler, but they are built by anglers. The product is tough as nails and all the machining is all done in the USA by trained individuals. I have seen the facility firsthand and it is truly a family atmosphere where you are treated like an equal.

Big Jon is a respectable company that will bend over backwards to get the angler what they need to get out on the water. The innovation in the products as well as the attention to details are what sets them apart from other companies. They are always striving to make the product better and reduce the costs for the average consumer. The fit and finish of the product speaks for itself and having experienced people that machine, fit, and assemble the product make this a company I can count on. If there is any service concern this is taken very seriously, and the turnaround is second to none.

Spencer Stegenga

Pro Staff
Traverse City, Michigan, USA

I am an avid fisherman that loves to share the passion of fishing, My day job is running and operating a successful winery located on Old Mission Peninsula where Big Jon was founded, as a matter of fact, the original headquarters is just 1/4 of a mile down the road with several daily sightings of the man himself, Big Jon Emery!

Why Big Jon?

Three reasons: QUALITY, RELIABILITY, and Locally Made in Our Great State of MICHIGAN.