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Meet Columbia's extended family. Having a crew of highly talented athletes and professionals like this is kind of like having a fleet of brothers and sisters. They might be a little faster or stronger, but they lead by example. They remind us that trying stuff is the fuel of progress.

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Chad Hoover

About Chad Hoover

Chad recently retired from the U.S. Navy while stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and relocated to Hendersonville, Tennessee. He specializes in light tackle, artificial and fly fishing from the kayak for largemouth bass and most inshore, near shore and offshore saltwater species.

He is a founding member and former President of the Tidewater Kayak Anglers Association. Chad is the owner of where he shares his insights and expertise with anglers across the country. He is the author of Kayak Bass Fishing and has been featured in numerous other books, articles and videos for his bass fishing expertise and unique sense of humor. He conducts many seminars and kayak fishing clinics throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Chad serves as the Pro Staff director for Wilderness Systems, Torqeedo Motors and works as a consultant for product development for many leading paddle sports and fishing companies. Chad had written for and contributes to several national and regional publications as a writer and photographer.

You can find many of Chad’s kayak fishing videos on his YouTube Channel at He is also the host “Knot Right Kayak Fishing” on NBC Sports and “Kayak Bassin TV with Chad Hoover on WFN.”

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