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Meet the Arizona fishing guides

Jon (Scooter) Griffith
Owner

A rare native Arizonian, Scooter has grown up with a fishing rod in his hand. Since 2005, Scooter has guided an average of over 200 days every year. One of the most requested guides in the state, Scooter carries a passion for the sport of bass fishing that is contagious. Known for his fun loving demeanor, clients always walk off Scooter's boat with a smile on their face, a load of new fishing knowledge, and some exciting new fishing stories.

Scooters tournament fishing resume includes over a dozen first place finishes in Arizona team and pro/am tournaments as well as over 30 other top ten finishes. Known around the state for his tournament history on Bartlett Lake, Scooter shares the record for the largest limit of bass ever weighed in at a Bartlett Lake Tournament at nearly 23 lbs. Scooter also holds several strong finishes in WON Bass, FLW Series, and Everstart tournaments to his name. Scooter is a Arizona Bass TBF/FLW Federation Regional Championship Qualifier and has qualified for numerous team circuit championships. A family man, Scooter is married to wife Jackie, with two children, daughter Kayse and son Fisher. A typical family weekend for this crew is spent on the lake fishing. Kayse is becoming a very accomplished fly angler, with several trophy fish on the fly rod to her name. Fisher, the little competitor of the family is always out to catch the big one and goes fishing with Dad every chance he gets.

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Rob Vanderkooi
Guide

Born in Southwest Minnesota, Rob moved to Arizona in 1985. One of the West Coast's most accomplished tournament anglers, Rob has spent years successfully competing full time on the Country's top level bass fishing tournament circuits. With many win's on both the local and regional level, Rob's biggest win came in 2002, when he finished First in the Bass Master Open held on Lake Mead, which was aired on ESPN2.

While Rob still loves to compete, guiding has become his primary focus in fishing, allowing him to enjoy spending time with his wife Tracy, two daughters Ashley and Amanda, and son Boyd. On Rob's off days, you are sure to find him fishing or hunting somewhere with Boyd, who is following in his father's footsteps with a true passion for fishing and the outdoors. Thanks to his relaxed and friendly demeanor and ability to put clients on fish, Rob is one of the state's most requested guides

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Sean Coffey
Guide

It is said that there is only a certain percentage of the entire bass population an angler will catch during tournaments. To be able to be that fisherman at my age, catching that small percentage of bass, is incredible. This is one of the many reasons I have dedicated my time on working to achieve my lifelong dream as becoming a professional bass fisherman. I have been fishing ever since I could hold a rod on my own; however, I began taking part of tournament bass fishing since I was 14 years old. By the end of my first tournament, I knew it was my dream to become a professional bass fisherman.

Working with Arizona Fishing Guides allows me to help share my knowledge I have learned over the years and help others catch the fish of a lifetime

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Davis Hart
Guide

Davis, born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, grew up fishing all the bass lakes. He fished his first tournament at the age of 8 with his grandfather at Lake Pleasant, from then on he was hooked on the competitive side of fishing. With a strong passion for this sport, Davis patiently shares his knowledge with each aspiring angler. Clients will be sure to learn about the techniques that are used during the trips and will have a new found knowledge of how to fish for bass in the desert lakes. In 2013, Davis won the Legend Cup Pro/Am at Lake Pleasant. Davis still fishes many of the team tournaments through-out the state as well as the FLW Pro/Am Western Division.

When not fishing, Davis likes to spend his time with his wife, Amanda, who also loves the outdoors as much as him. They like to take their 2 Blue Heelers, Bandit and Stella, to the barn to herd the horses and camping up north on the Mogollon Rim.

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Dylan Maxon
Guide

Dylan Maxon was born in Lincoln Nebraska, and moved to Arizona when he was just 4 years old. Dylan has been fishing since he could walk, thanks to his Grandfather who showed him the wonderful sport of Bass Fishing. He quickly made it a goal to “fish for a living.” At 14 years old, he fished his first tournament with his long time fishing partner Zack and by the time Dylan was 15 years old he owned his first boat. Dylan has been a steady competitor here in Arizona & all over the west & is very well known. Dylan has many great accomplishments; 2 Angler of the year awards with Wild West Bass & Bass Junkyz. Over 25 Local wins, 30+ top 10 finishes, and a recent 5th place finish at the WON Bass US Open. Dylan is a full time fishermen, between guiding and competing and spends most of his time on the water. He also enjoys volunteering to boat captain for local youth tournaments.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Courtney, and their two girls Averleigh & Lakelynn. When he is not guiding or competing, he is passing on his love for the sport to his daughters, making baits and gold mining

Dylan is sponsored by Signature Gates & Welding(Kevin Finley), Pro Swimbaits, California Reservoir Lures, I-rod fishing rods, Robo Junkie Boat Detail.

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Josh Bertrand
Guide

Born on the East Coast, Josh moved across the country with his family over 20 years ago. After falling in love with the west, he stayed put and decided to make a living doing what he loved most, fishing. Logging over 1000 guide trips and competing in over 300 tournaments in the past decade, it’s safe to say he has found his true calling. One of the most relaxed and easy going people you will meet, Josh is known for his patience and passion for sharing his knowledge of fishing with others.

You will now find Josh competing on the Bass Pro Tour and Major League Fishing Trails among any other tournament he has time to enter. Josh is a talented public speaker, sought-after seminar speaker and has been a featured guest on numerous TV fishing shows aired on ESPN2, The World Fishing Network, The Sportsmans Channel, CBS, and Fox Sports Net. Josh is also a noted writer in the fishing community and is a featured writer for several national fishing magazines. When not on the water Josh enjoys following professional sports, playing a round of golf, and staying fit in the gym.

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Johnny Johnson
Guide

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Since 1997, Johnny Johnson has been entertaining the folks of Arizona with his home spun fishing program, Fishing with Johnny Johnson. His unique approach to fishing has made him a favorite among local bass anglers throughout the region. Now, thanks to Johnny's Passion for fishing, along with networks like FSN Arizona, The Outdoor Channel, The Sportsman Channel and varoius cable systems around the state of Arizona, the entire nation has been able to enjoy this unique fishing program. I say "unique" because not only is Fishing with Johnny Johnson an informative program, it's also fun, and at times downright outrageous. Don't let that fool you though. Johnny knows his stuff. He's won numerous bass tournaments throughout the years, including a state championship. That said, Johnny does like to goof around once in a while, but it's still "SERIOUS BUSINESS" and is a great time for old and young alike. Even if you're not an avid angler, you'll love Fishing with Johnny Johnson!

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Skyler Clark
Guide
Skyler is a new addition to our team and has been friends with our guides for years. He is another Arizona native and has been fishing our waters since his dad took him at the age of 2. Safe to say he has had the passion and obsession for fishing ever since! Getting his first bass boat at 18, he has been fishing and learning our lakes for the last 20 years. Skyler has spent countless hours on the water learning all the tricks and techniques to get our fish to bite. He also worked at a local fishing shop for many years and really enjoys teaching people how to catch more fish. He makes a great guide due to his easy going personality, nice guy attitude, extreme patience and ability to find fish. 
 
When he isn’t guiding you can find Skyler fly fishing and camping all around the West with his wife, out on the lake fun fishing, or studying how to catch fish at home! We know you will have a great time with Skyler out on the water. 

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