Name: Rod Yoder

Birthday: 5/15/1960

Height: 6′ 0″

Hometown: West Lafayette, IN


Family: Wife, Verna, and two daughters, Sam and Erin

If you could only fish with one lure what would it be:

1/8oz Little Pek Jig rigged with a Zoom Speed Craw on 8# Seaguar

fluorocarbon line. Fishing can be tough in Indiana. I find myself going to

the finesse stuff more often than not. I’ve won more money on this rig than

any other. And it is also great for those times I get to float or wade the

local smallmouth streams.

Favorite band: Chicago

Boat/Motor: N/A – Career co-angler

Tow Vehicle: Nissan Titan

If you were not fishing what would you be doing:

Owner of, an online tackle shop.

I also do free-lance product photography and graphic design for web and

print with a focus on the fishing tackle industry.

Hero (explain):

My wife, Verna. She was the one who gave me my first fishing rod and years

later encouraged me to participate in my first Redman Bass Tournament. Since

then she has put up with my “one-track mind” and all the tackle that, at

times, tends to overflow into our living room, etc.

Career Co-angler Highlights:

Currently 28th Place overall, 2010 FLW Series after the first two

tournaments. My goal this year is to finish in the top ten and qualify for

the 2011 FLW Cup.

4th Place overall, 2009 Stren Series

12th Place, Stren Series, Lake of the Ozarks, 2009

3rd Place, Stren Series, Mississippi River, 2009

11th Place, Stren Series, Detroit River, 2009

1st Place, Hoosier Division BFL, Ohio River, 2008

1st Place, Hoosier Division BFL, Monroe, 2008

2nd Place, Bassmaster Series National Championship, Guntersville, 2007

1st Place, Bassmaster Series Regional, Neely Henry, 2006

1st Place, Hoosier Division BFL, Monroe, 2001

1st Place, Operation Bass Redman, Ohio River, 1993