Gene Ellison “The Fishing Machine” is considered one of the nations’ most popular and dynamic professional tournament anglers. He was born in Boston, MA and is one of the few professional anglers that still makes his home in the Northeast area today ! Gene competes in B.A.S.S. and FLW national and regional professional tournaments as well as in northeast team tournaments.
Throughout his active career, Gene has represented the country’s finest companies, helping them to promote their products through top retailers and manufacturers around the world. Utilizing his 32 years of professional sales and marketing skills, Gene demonstrates and recommends products and techniques to anglers and families across the country.
There is no question about Gene’s dedication and passion for teaching kids and their families about fishing. Over just the past 12 years, Gene has enjoyed great success in organizing hundreds of kids events and as a result he has effectively increased participation in outdoor sports and activities. Gene introduces kids and families to fishing through television appearances, live demonstrations at Bass Pro Shops stores, tournament appearances, teaching seminars and being involved in kids fishing festivals and tournaments all over the country. Gene is the author of the popular children’s book, “TEACH ME FISHING.” This 48 page book is designed for children & their parents (who have never fished before) to easily get themselves started in America’s Favorite Family Sport !
Gene also dedicates his time to the promotion of other professional anglers. Gene does this through his very popular internet radio show “The Fishing Machine” Weekly Radio Show.” Each week Gene brings amateur anglers inside the boat of the worlds top bass anglers. During these interviews, Gene gives other professional anglers exposure to their fans, and allows them to promote themselves, their sponsors, and the tackle they use to catch more fish. As one of the nations’ top promotional pro anglers Gene provides sponsors with direct exposure to their target audiences, through his relationships with professional anglers from all competitive levels.
Building The Professional Anglers Association (PAA)
From 2005 – 08, Gene placed his own fishing career on hold, when he accepted the role of Executive Director of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA). For four years, Gene worked tirelessly as a vlounteer, to build and guide this non-profit “players association” which today is made up of over 500 of the top professional tournament bass fisherman in the world. The PAA’s mission is to promote the growth of fishing, activate conservation efforts, and serve the “Catch A Dream” Foundation, a charitable children’s organization that grants fishing, hunting and outdoor related wishes to terminally ill children. Gene is most recognized for being the architect, builder and director of the wildly famous, inaugural, ”PAA/Toyota Texas Bass Classic” Tournament, which is still held annually to raise funds for Texas Parks & Wildlife !
To promote the growth of bass fishing as a representative of the top companies in the world. Gene enjoys promoting the products of his sponsors, through demonstrations, seminars, tv and radio appearances as well as through contests. Gene utilizes his 28 years of professional sales and marketing skills to teach & recommend products and techniques to anglers across the country. Gene provides all of his sponsors with direct exposure to their target audiences through his relationship with professional anglers, and with major national trade show associations. Gene competes in national and regional professional tournaments as well as North East amatuer tournaments, since exposure and top performance continues to build his reputation with amateur and professional anglers alike
National Pro Team Affiliations:
- Bass Pro Shops, National Pro Team Member
- NITRO/Tracker National Pro Team Member
- Mercury Engine National Pro Team Member
- *Proud owner of a Nitro Z-9 Bass Boat w/Mercury 250 XS Engine
- Toyota Tundra
- Humminbird Electronics
- Minn Kota Trolling Motors & Talons
- Strike King Lure Company
- Navionics Mapping
- Berkley Fishing
- Abu Garcia Rods & Reels
- Shakespeare Fishing
Bass Fishing Accomplishments:
- 2009 Recipient of the Professional Anglers Association’s “Life Time Achievement” Award
- PAA/Bass Pro Shops Tour Competitor
- B.A.S.S. Open Trail Competitor
- FLW Series Tour Competitor
- 2004 -08 Executive Director of the Professional Anglers Association
- 2007 Designer and Director of the wildly successful, inaugural PAA/Toyota Texas Bass Classic Tournament
- 2007 Selected to the “Bass Fishing Man of the Year” Honor by “The Brush Pile” Website
- Featured Angler/Host & Designer of the ASA “Bass Fishing Academy”