Pro Staff


Paul "Pro Staff" Rivera:



Growing up in South Florida, Paul grew up to love the sport of fishing.  "I believe fishing is a lifestyle and a way of living. On occasion I will stay local and fish any lake or pond but for the past 4 years I have been fishing the flats (Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, and Banana River).  I usually fish from a kayak but occasionally enjoy fishing on a bass boat.


Recently I’ve begun to focus on perfecting my craft with competitive fishing. I believe healthy competition will challenge me to continue to enhance my skills, learn new techniques and ultimately use that knowledge to assist others."


Location: Orlando, FL

Target Species:

      Fresh: Largemouth Bass / Crappie      

      Salt: Redfish/ Speckled Trout "Gator Trout"/ Black Drum / Snook

Boat: Native Watercraft Slayer 14

Favorite Fishing Destination: Key West, FL

Sponsors: Kanan Lures,, Tailin' Toads, Fishing Florida Radio, Tackle Webs

Favorite Kanan Lure: Aqua Relic Fatty "Golden 777"





Wilton "Big Willy" Mays: 



Owner of Amaysing Fishing Tackle and XXXBLOOD products in Lancaster, CA. Willy was the first shop to officially offer Kanan products back in 2009. He has always been a strong supporter of our products and uses them to catch just about any species of fish that he can! In late 2012 we decided to offer his  XXXBLOOD in our own store after the undeniable advantage of using it with our swim and crank baits. 


Location: Lancaster, CA

Target Species: "I fish for anything, anywhere!"

Sponsors: Kanan Lures, Amaysing Fishing

Favorite Kanan Lure: Aqua Relic LT "Morning Rainbow" rubbed down with some XXXBLOOD Paste





  Connor Schmolke


Connor may be one of the most well known fishing Instagramer's out there, his pages @SouthernPondHoppers, @Southern_Bucks, and @225Fishn combined have almost 40k in followers. Not only has Conner been a huge Kanan supporter for some time, he is also credited with sending in massive amounts of Kanan photos and single handedly helped catapult our Aqua Relic - Male Bluegill to be the #1 most popular bait purchased on our site.


Location: Baton Rouge, LA

Target Species: Largemouth Bass

Sponsors: Kanan Lures, Reflexion Swimbaits, Shimano, Costa

Favorite Fishing Destination: Toledo Bend, Falcon Lake

Favorite Kanan Lure: Aqua Relic - Male Bluegill




Matt Baden



Matt is considered an energized “young gun” by his kayak fishing community in the Delmarva Region. At the young age of 24, he has gained the respect from his mostly older comrades for consistency, effort, and willingness to promote kayak fishing, conservation and charitable endeavors. He is a director for Chesapeake Bay Kayak Anglers, Inc. est. 2011 as a nonprofit organization that promotes kayak fishing and conservation of the local fisheries. The CBKA hosts an annual charity kayak fishing tournament to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland. Matt is the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Kayak Bass Fishing Series, a Local Hobie Fishing Team Member and runs a blog called The Hobie Life 
Matt grew up fishing local farm lakes for Largemouth Bass, Crappie, and Bluegill and later graduated to the larger waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding tributaries. He now almost exclusively fishing from his Hobie Pro Angler kayak rather than his 18 ft. Palm Beach Center Console as he enjoys the extra challenge and thrill of catching large fish from a kayak. Matt fishes a number of kayak fishing tournaments in the mid-Atlantic region, as well as Kayak Wars and the Kayak Bass Fishing Online Challenges. He also participates Maryland Saltwater Sportsman Association Boat tournament series.
Location: Annapolis, MD
Target Species:  Largemouth Bass
Boat (kayak): Hobie Pro Angler 14 & 12, Palm Beach 181 Center Console
Favorite fishing location: Private Lake I grew up on
Sponsors:  Kanan Lures, Hobie Kayaks, AFTCO, Overboard Fishing Rods,
Favorite Kanan Lure: Aqua Relic Fatty Blaze Shad

David Lino



"I will fish anywhere and everywhere there is water, I travel around south Florida to fish for different species. On a weekend day it is common for me to fish 12 hours straight, 7 am to 7pm. #kananlife "Never leave home without an Aqua Relic Fatty!"

Location: Broward County, Florida 

Target Species: Largemouth Bass, Bullseye Snakehead, Peacock Bass.

Sponsors: Kanan Lures, Reflexion Swimbaits, IDeal Baits

Favorite fishing destination: Islamorada, Florida 

Favorite Kanan Lure: Aqua Relic Fatty in "Bone" & "Golden 777"



Garrett Lisle


Garrett is one of our youngest pro staff, but also one of our most ambitious. He has been a key component in developing our saltwater line. Fishing the Florida Keys nearly everyday, Garrett has also landed a huge viariety of species never before seen on our mostly freshwater developed baits. He is currently training to become a certified guide to show others the beauty and excitement of South Florida waters.


Location: Cudjoe Key, Florida 


Target Species: Speck Trout, Redfish, Grouper, Barracuda, Jack Crevalle

Sponsors: Kanan Lures, Zezerroost, Cajun Country, Urban Water Apparel


Favorite fishing destination: Sawyer Key, Flats 


Favorite Kanan Lure: Aqua Relic LT in "Mullet" or Aqua Relic Minnow in "Sardine"






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Kanan Lures currently does not have any pro staff positions open. Please check back with us later to see what opportunities we may have available!

If you are interested in promoting our products or competing at a non-professional level please contact us to discuss your ideas.

Fisherman unfamiliar with Kanan products will not be considered for sponsorship or promotional items. We are interested in finding people or groups who know and trust our products!