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Brian Carper

Brian Carper

Pro Bass/Crappie Guide

My name is Brian Carper. I am 42 years old and live in Murfreesboro, TN. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Jennifer, for 16 years. We have 2 wonderful girls, Emma (12) and Anna Kate (10). Ever since I was a little boy the Lord has given me a passion for fishing. While wrapping up college at MTSU I decided to go into business as a fishing guide. With God’s help and hard work I have gone from gluing homemade flyers on pizza boxes at Little Caesars to near 815 trips a year with several employees! 2024 will be our 20th year in business. I look forward to serving the Nashville market another year and creating memorable trips for our clients.

First Aid and CPR certified

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD GUIDE CERTIFIED

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Tanner Hale

Pro Bass Guide

My name is Tanner Hale, I am 25 years old and was raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee on the banks of Old Hickory Lake. I played football at Cumberland University and now currently work as a proud member of the Nashville Fire Department. Fishing has always been a huge part of my life growing up. I am very thankful to come from a family that loves the outdoors. I enjoy catching all species of fish, but my true passion is bass fishing, both recreationally and competitively. I fish many local tournaments in middle Tennessee and am currently in my 4th year of fishing the FLW Costa Series. Any day on the water is a good day! So book your trip today and let’s go have a fun on the water!

First Aid and CPR certified

Eric Dickens

Pro Bass Guide

My name is Eric Dickens, I was raised in Smithville Tennessee and cut my teeth on Center Hill Lake! I have had a passion for bass fishing my entire life. I have now been on Percy Priest the last 10 years bass and crappie fishing. I have two children Emma (6) and Landon (10). The last 3 years guiding for Brian Carper has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to many more years of serving the fishing community.

First Aid and CPR certified

Arnie Shanklin

Pro Crappie Guide

My name is Arnie Shanklin and I live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I’ve been married to my beautiful wife Erika for 25 years and we’ve been blessed to have four kids Jaylyn, Jevon, Julian, and Jazmyn. I started fishing around the age of five or six. My dad has always had a boat so it was always something we did together. My dad is from Kentucky and grew up on a farm. One of the things we used to do is fish farm ponds in the summer for bass. I think that’s where I truly grasped the skill set and techniques of casting to catch fish. From there, it went from bass to crappie. I am an accomplished fisherman. I have honed my fishing skills over the past 40+ years with the assistance of many mentors in Crappie fishing, mainly my father. I regularly fish and study techniques to stay abreast of new developments in the industry. I always continue to advance any knowledge and skill through research and implementation of techniques of professional fisherman and mentors. Peace and blessings.

First Aid and CPR certified

Kevin Patin

Pro Bass Guide

I grew up fishing in the swamps of southern Louisiana. Catching anything was just fine until I caught my first largemouth bass. After that fight was over is when it all changed for me. I then found myself riding my bike to a nearby pond or into the creek after school or every chance I had to try and catch another one. I moved to middle Tennessee in 1988 and continued to follow my passion / obsession for bass fishing and began fishing local tournaments. After a few years I began fishing bigger tournament trails. I then found myself qualifying for the Southern regional championships and after a 5th place finish there that qualified me to fish a National event. What an exciting experience that was. I always enjoy helping and teaching others what has taken me years to learn and to watch them experience the thrill of what I have been blessed to experience on a regular basis which is catching fish.

First Aid and CPR certified

Billy Harris

Pro Bass Guide

I grew up in a small town, Mt. Meridian Indiana. Growing up it was my mom that really was the person that got me started fishing. I started with pan fish in local strip pits around Linton, IN. I grew up with hearing and ear problems so I was never really allowed to swim. So as my brothers and sisters would go swimming my mom put a rod in my hand and I fished and fished and fished. She says I would cry when it was time to go home. Growing up I would do anything to go fishing. I continued my love of fishing and really started bass fishing with a competitive desire. I currently have the Old Hickory Lake Smallmouth record, 6lbs 14oz giant which I caught back in 2008. Some of my accomplishments are four year running F3 Club champion, South Fork NC Bassmaster 3 wins and two runner up angler of year. I also fished several years in the BASS weekend series with two national championship qualifiers, 7th place Regional finish in 2009 at Old Hickory, 10 place KY Series Elite series co-angler and numerous top 10 finishes. I have over 10 years’ experience fishing lakes in TN, AL, KY and NC. I admit my favorite lake in TN is J. Percy Priest. However I love fishing Center Hill, Old Hickory, KY Lake, Tims Ford and about any other lake I can get on. I enjoy teaching others what I know. Anyone who knows me will tell you I have nothing to hide and freely will help a friend or stranger. Of course none of this would be possible without the loving support of my beautiful wife, Grace. If you want to thank me, that’s great, but I will pass the thanks on to her for putting up with me and making it all possible.

First Aid and CPR certified

Luis Colon

Pro Bass Guide

I’m Luis Colon.  I grew up in Michigan.  As a child, I fell in love with fishing on the Detroit River.  In 2007, I moved to Tennessee.  I am first a servant of God, then a husband, father, and friend.  I have been fishing on Percy Priest Lake for several years.  I love the fight that the bass and hybrid put up as you try to get them into the boat.  I look forward to sharing my knowledge and love of fishing to help others make memories.

First Aid and CPR certified

Chris Snow

Pro Bass and Crappie Guide
My name is Chris Snow, I’m 55 years old and live in McMinnville, Tn. For the past 31 years, I worked at the Nissan Plant in Smyrna Tn. In January I retired and now I’m moving on growing my business and getting to fish more. I have guided on and off for several years at my favorite lake, Center Hill. My passion for fishing started at a young age and continues until this day. Perhaps you may be familiar with Snow Spin Baits. I started this business in 2015 and it continues to grow every year. I will focus mainly on four lakes Center Hill, Dale Hollow, Normandy, and Tim’s Ford. Day and night trips will be available.

First Aid and CPR certified


Wade Werner

Pro Bass Guide
Growing up in Northeast Wisconsin and cutting his teeth on such famed bucket list fisheries as Sturgeon Bay and Lake Winnebago chain, Wade began chasing bass and fishing tournaments under the tutelage of his late father, Wade Sr. Pursuing more favorable year round fishing conditions, Wade has called Middle Tennessee home since the early 2000’s where he has enhanced his fishing abilities on the local lakes of Percy Priest and Old Hickory while also competing in the MLF Toyota Series, BFLs, and ABT100 trails. Also the inventor and owner of Thunder Rocket Lures, Wade resides just North of Nashville with his Wife and three kids and is always excited to hit the water with guests and pass along his love and passion for fishing.

First Aid and CPR certified

Brian’s Tournament Results

2018 March 24, Percy Priest Lake – ABA Bassmaster Series – 1st place
2017 November 18, Percy Priest Lake – Fate Sanders Marina – 1st place
  • 2018 December 15, Percy Priest Lake – Middle Tennessee Fishing League – 3rd place
  • 2016 November, Percy Priest Lake – Fate Sanders Marina – 3rd place
  • 2016 August, Old Hickory Lake – Volunteer Bass Club Tournament – 3rd place
  • 2016 May, Percy Priest Lake – Volunteer Bass Club Tournament – 2nd place
  • 2016 April, Percy Priest Lake – Mac Carmichael Fundraise Tournament – 1st place
  • 2016 April, Percy Priest Lake – Nashville Emergency Services Tournament – 4th place
  • 2016 March, Percy Priest Lake – Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser Tournament – 7th place
  • 2016 March, Percy Priest Lake – Nashville Bassmaster Tournament – 2nd place
  • 2013 February 23, Percy Priest Lake – Renegade Tournament Trail – 2nd Place
  • 2011 March 4, Percy Priest Lake – Fishers of Men – 4th place
  • 2010 March 20th, Percy Priest Lake – Fishers of Men Tournament – 2nd place
  • 2010 March 20th. Percy Priest Lake – Murfreesboro Outdoors Tournament – 1st Place
  • 2009 November 7 Percy Priest Lake – 1st Place
    2009 July 12 Flippers Tournament – 9th place
  • 2009 June 29 Percy Priest Wednesday night tournament – 2nd place
  • 2008 Bassmaster Weekend Series, 5th place overall
  • 2008 Bassmaster Weekend Series, (Kentucky Lake) – September 6 & 7, 2008 – 10th place
  • 2008 Bassmaster Weekend Series, (Old Hickory) – May 10th, 2008 – 9th place (May)
  • 2007 Flippers Tournament- August 12 – 7th place (70 anglers)
  • 2007 B.A.S.S. Weekend Series, Tennessee Central Division (Old Hickory) 11th place (July)
  • 2007 B.A.S.S Weekend Series, Tennessee Central Division (Old Hickory) 13th place (April)
  • 2005 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Music City Division (Old Hickory) 17th place (68 Anglers)
  • 2005 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Music City Division (Old Hickory) 20th place (83 Anglers)
  • 2004 Music City Overall Standings 6th place (165 Anglers)
  • 2004 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Music City Division (Old Hickory) 12th place (92 Anglers)
  • 2004 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Music City Division (Percy Priest) 1st place (146 Anglers)
  • 2002 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Regionals (Lake Wheeler) 23rd place (240 Co-Anglers)
  • 2002 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Shenandoah Division (Kerr Lake) 23rd place (176 Co-Anglers)
  • 2001 Virginia B.A.S.S. Region 9 (Potomac River) 20th (120 Anglers)
  • 2000 Virginia B.A.S.S. Region 9 (Potomac River) 7th (137 Anglers)
  • 2000 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Piedmont Division (Kerr Lake) 15th (159 Co-Anglers)
  • 1998 Big Bass Junior Championship 3rd place, Virginia