Pro Staff

Fred Roumbanis

Fred is known for throwing swimbaits and that is why he has come to Optimum to be his swimbait sponsor. “Where should I start? I grew up in Northern California throwing the Original Optimum off of the shore catching monster bass. I learned all about swimbait fishing with Optimum Swimbaits. When the opportunity came I jumped all over it. Now with the Baby Line Thru, I’m really dialed in.”
– Fred Roumbanis



Bill Lowen

Bill joined the Optimum staff in 2009 but has thrown our products throughout his pro career. He enjoys the versatily of the product line up and knows the baits will help him win throughout his season. “Recently I’ve got to play around with a variety of their baits and really am impressed. The Furbit Series is really original and that hair just drives the bass nuts. Swimbaits are playing a bigger role in tournaments these days and I am glad I have the Optimums tied on now.”
– Bill Lowen



 Michael Murphy

Michael has been with Optimum Baits for three years and really likes the smaller offering. The 3″ Titan, 3″ Double Diamond, and the 3″ Baby Line Thru can always be found tied on to one of his rods. “I like the softness of their plastic and the action from their swimbaits. Plus all the different colors they offer you can really find one that matches the baitfish in the lakes across the country.”
– Michael Murphy


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Kurt Dove

Kurt has been fishing professionally for 15 years and fishes the BASS Elite trail. He is now relocated to Del Rio, Texas
and lives 2 minutes from beautiful Lake Amistad. Kurt is a USCG licensed guide and knows how to share a great day on the water.
He says, “you will always find a 5″ Baby Line Thru tied on one of my rods and when fishing deeper water a 6″ Titan”

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Paul Mueller competes in the Bassmaster Elite Series, and is a multi-species freshwater guide in the state of Connecticut. Paul also contributes to Backwoods Angler TV as seen on WFN.

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Duane Bethke
Pinckney, MI

Fishes The FLW’s BFL circuit and NBAA with a focus on Great Lakes Smallmouthfishing on Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. He has been throwing Optimum Baits for over 5 Years. Favorite Lures – “Pre-spawn it’s got to be a 4” Suspending Swimbait in Motor Oil, and from then on he always has a BLT Swimbait in his arsenal “I have a lot of confidence in the BLT’s, the new #558 Goby color in a 3 1/2″ size is a spitting image of the round goby and the Smallie’s up here absolulutely love em”.



Doug Burke
Lakeside, CA

Has been field testing various Optimum Baits and deps products for 10 years. Is on the water 2-3 days per week. Favorite lakes to fish are San Vicente and Diamond Valley Reservoir. He likes to fish his furbits and deps slither Ks in open water…


Doug Cavin
Fairborn, OH

Fishes as a Co-Angler in the FLW Tour and FLW Series. Currently is
sponsored and works with; Optimum Baits, Vertical Lures, Wireless
Lanyard, Vicious Fishing Line, Save Phace, Reel Grip, Secret
Weapon Lures, TC Custom Baits, JKruz Eyewear


David Conway
San Diego, CA

David is well known for throwing big baits all day long going after that one dream fish.


Joe Dalfio
Temecula, CA

As a USCG Licensed Ship Master upon Oceans for the last 30 years, Joe now spends 3-5 days a week on the water, fishing and testing various bats and equipment; which are viewed on various web and social media sites specifically related to fishing.
Joe is the owner of ZEUS Management Ltd. a company that provides creative services for the sport and recreational fishing industry, specializing in video production and underwater footage.

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Mike Eutsler
Springfield, MO

Mike participates in over 30 Bass tournaments on an annual basis. Heartland, BFL, Bassmaster weekend series in AR, MO, OK. He worked with the Missouri Department of Conservation and now is owner of Eutsler Outdoors, Inc. Also is the Editor of Heartland Trails magazine and does seminars at the Bass Pro Shops in MO.Sponsors: Optimum Bait Co., ima Japan, Nitro Boats State Team, Bass Pro Shops, Mercury Marine, Motor Guide, Mustad, Tru-Tungsten.


Mike Gardner
Fullerton, CA
Mike Gardner was born and raised on the Southern California coast. He’s been a successful deckhand, tournament professional, fishing periodical publisher, and a U.S.C.G licensed Guide. He currently guides in Newport Bay, San Diego Bay, and Long Beach Harbor for spotted sand bass, calicos and anything that will bite.


Captain Nathan Chandler
Toads Only Guide Service

Nathan guides out of Tracy, California on the California Delta and the Motherload Lakes of the Northern California foothills. He has been fishing the waters of the Delta and Lakes since the 80’s and has enjoyed the success that Optimum line of baits and the IMA series of hard baits bring to his arsenal. “These baits flat out produce fish making my job as a guide more productive day in and day out”


Art Hill
Temecula, CA

Art has been fishing for 40 years. A Navy veteran, he has had over 500 days of fishing on Diamond Valley Lake since it opened in late 2003. He’s fished San Diego county lakes and Lake Perris for 25 and 15 years, respectively.


Aaron Likens

Tournaments: Strike Zone, Bang It, Federation Tournaments, and Michigan BFLSponsors: Denali Rods, Optimum Baits, Reins, ima Japan, Boat Bling, Power-Pole, and Solar Bat I’ve been tournament fishing since 1998. Last season my confidence lures would have to be the TABU open water jig, Crashing thunder, Double Diamonds on an A-rig. I always have a rod with a Deps Basirsky Hardbelly frog and an IMA Skimmer.On certain lakes up here the B.L.T is deadly.Spring and fall I love to throw the Rock N Vibe.I’m looking forward to 2013 to try these baits on those St Clair smallies in the BFL’s.My favorite lakes are Lake St. Clair, Hamilton, Webster, and Dukes Bridge.


John Lytle
Pinckney, MI

John fishes Walmart BFL’s, NBAA and many other local circuits primarly focusing on great lakes smallmouth. His favorite bait is the 3″ BLT in the new Goby color followed by the IMA flit in brown flash.


David Mills
Dallas, TX

David has been with Optimum for over 7 years and his favorite bait is still the 3″ Micro Optimum. He often couples it with the Crashing Thunder and slow rolls it off the bottom. David enjoys doing seminars at the Texas BPS and Cabelas.


Jackson Paluczak
El Cajon, CA
Instagram: @actionjacksonfishing

At thirteen years old, “Action” Jackson Paluczak is the youngest member of the Optimum Baits Pro Team. Jackson started fishing at the age of four and fishing competitively in adult tournaments at the age of six and has been fishing for Optimum since 2014. He has multiple wins and many top five finishes in his young career and has earned two Jr. California Bass Federation Angler of the Year Titles. Jackson’s favorite baits are the ima Flit, Optimum Furbit, and the reins Ax Claw, but he is also known for throwing the big baits-Deps 250, Madness Balam 300 and Butch Brown Thumper Tail.

Randy Pringle
Salida, CA

Randy is a now a full time fishing guide on the California Delta and also performs over 40 seminars and guest appearances each year. He has been fishing with Optimum for 1 year and really enjoys using the Furbit Series, Titan Swimbait and the AC Minnow series.


Vern Price
Las Vegas, Nevada

Currently Guides on Lake Mead for Striper and Largemouth Bass. Vern is the tournament director for the U.S. Angler’s Choice Colorado River Trail. Vern has been fishing on Optimum’s team for 6 years and his favorite bait is the Optimum Heavy Cover Attractor. He can be found giving seminars at the Las Vegas Bass Pro Shops.


Richard Ragland
Carson, California

Big Rich is known for his Calico bass skills and loves the Double Diamond in the kelp. He also enjoys targeting BIG largemouth bass and goes down to Lake El Salto to catch some monsters. His favorite Optimum Baits are the 5″ Baby Line Thru and the 8″ Curly Tail Doggs.


Todd Reed

Tournament organizer, outdoor writer, guide, and tournament angler in the BASS federation events, BFL and Bass World Sports (the biggest buddy circuit in the Midwest). Optimum FURBIT series frogs are his favorite bait.


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Jake Rowinsky
Saugus, MA

Jake started out fishing with Optimum 5 years ago during high school. He fished the FLW and B.A.S.S. youth and high school trails and took two back-to-back high school state championship wins. Jake is now an Industrial Design student at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA and our product designer on our R&D team.



Capt. Manuel Saldana Jr.
Yuba City Ca

Manuel Saldana Jr. is a certified U.S.C.G. 50 ton master Captain & owner/ operator of MSJ Fishing Guide Service which is based out of the Yuba-Sutter area in Northern California. He has had great success guiding the Sacramento & Feather Rivers which offer some of the best striper fishing in the central valley.  His favorite optimum bait lure is the 5″ AA shad tail swim bait in pearl white, shad and smelt colors. He says, “stripers can’t resist the action these swim baits put out.  His sponsors include Cousins Tackle, Bait Buttons and Team Luck-E-Strike.

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Kazuya “Satan” Shimada
Osaka, Japan

Much of Optimum Baits success in Japan is due in large part because of “Satan Shimada.” Known throughout Japan as being one of the best “MONSTER BASS HUNTERS”, Shimada continues to catch “60” Maru bass on the Optimum Baits. He had the Japanese National record for 7 years at 19.15lb caught on an Optimum Double Spin. He now enjoys using the BLT and Top of the Line. He also likes the 3DD in the spring and fall.


Bill Smith Jr
Summerset, KY

Bill Smith is currently fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series where he finished in second place during the last tournament on Lake Toho. He is also the backbone behind one of the nations finest tackle outlets, Backwaters Online.


Mark “Chief” Torres
Camarillo, CA

Mark has been with Optimum for 4 years and really enjoys using the bigger sized swimbaits. Mark was the inventor of the Ambitious Buzz and continues to come up with new lure ideas. He had an excellent 2007 year and will fish in the Federation Championship in November at Lake Toho.


Ronnie Watts
Florence, South Carolina

Ronnie has been fishing Optimum’s products for 1 year and enjoys the finesse worms and Heavy Cover Series. He has been fishing competitively for 10 years and his sponsors include: Optimum Baits, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Marshal’s Marine.



Hubert “Kewly” Zimara
Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Sponsors/Affiliates: Optimum Baits, Fishermans Hardware LB/Sav-On Tackle, GWorks, World Industries, Yokohama Tires, Rapala, Daiwa

Primary Lakes: Diamond Valley Lake, Irvine Lake, Castaic, Crowley, Convict…Sierras (Stripers, Trout, Bass )

Hubert aka “Kewly” has been fishing for over 25 years. His home lake is Irvine Lake where he fished since his early teens until now for Trout, Wipers, Catfish, LMB. As of early 2004 he has focused on Diamond Valley Lake (DVL) for its prized fishery…and most importantly, its prized Stripers. Hubert runs/guides Kewlys Fishing Guide Services out of Southern California ( ). One of his main focus, as a guide is tutorials, and getting the people on prized Stripers using Optimum Baits/Lures. It’s no wonder “kewly” uses Optimum Baits to target and land Big Stripers at DVL and other So. Cal Lakes.