Chief Editor / Lead Camera / Co-Producer
Chase has been with us since the beginning. He’s an award-winning graduate of the Vancouver Film School where he was named Best Editor in the 48 Hour Film Festival. He now brings his extensive training and years of experience to Salmon Showdown. During the tournament season you’ll see Chase at every filmed event on the trail using his keen eye to capture the best footage possible and to direct the entire camera crew to do the same. Once the fishing season is over, the real work begins! Using unprecedented dedication, and fueled by his own endless supply of creativity (and perhaps more than his fair share of Red Bulls) he spends countless hours reviewing and assembling footage to tell the best stories that the Salmon Showdown Broadcast Championship has to offer. In his spare time (what little of that there is) Chase enjoys movies, video games and football. Like many of us, he’s a diehard Lions fan (which can be a pretty tough burden to bear). He’s also up for hunting down some Kings and gets out on the big lake for recreation a few times a year.
Host / Co-Producer
As host and co-producer of Salmon Showdown, Scotty’s main duties consist of watching over Chase’s shoulder during the editing process, occasionally thinking of cute things to say for the camera, remembering what sponsor shirt to wear and generally receiving most of the credit for the rest of the crew’s hard work. Hey. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. He has well over a decade of radio experience where his “Scotty Mac in the Morning Show – or Lack Thereof…” gave him undeniable D-List celebrity status that spanned all the way across 3 of the least populated counties in Michigan. When he’s not out on the Tournament Trail he can usually be found in front of his computer doing any number of geeky-like things. He’s always up for a Red Wings or Lions game and he shoots a pretty mean game of pool. You can also find him trolling out on Lake Michigan (usually with Chase and Chad) in his boat “Trail Bait”.
Senior Camera Operator
It was a strong passion for fishing (and a slightly stronger need for a job) that brought Chad to the Salmon Showdown Camera Crew. In season 2 he trained under the guidance of Chase, but it wasn’t long before we noticed that Chad indeed had some skills to bring to the table. A natural eye for the camera and his own experience on the lake turned out to be the perfect combination for getting great footage and for bringing out the best in the teams he was filming. The only thing missing was a regular stash of Dramamine. Once we figured that out it was smooth sailing! When he’s not behind the camera Chad is an avid angler and hunter. He also enjoys playing Hockey on ice (where he’s awesome) and on Xbox (where he’s mediocre). He’s currently attending West Shore Community College where he majors in daydreaming about fishing.
Daniel began with SS at the Monster back in Season 3. Coming from humble beginnings when he used to film fishing trips on his dad’s boat, this is where he found a passion for filming on the lake Michigan. After shadowing Chase earlier in Season 4, Daniel stepped aboard as back-up camera man for 3 tournaments last season. When not filming for SS in the off season, Daniel volunteers for filming the Catholic Forum TV and various other filming opportunities. When he’s not on the trail in the summer, Daniel enjoys fishing on his dad’s boat Plunger and working on his family’s blueberry farm. He also enjoys hunting in the fall. Currently, Daniel is a sophomore in High school. Look for him on the trail! His specialty in filming is with crowd shots at the weigh-ins.
Look closely at this picture and see if you can tell – from expressions alone – which person just found out how to take selfies and which person has a 2-0 record as an MMA Fighter. Of course, Keith isn’t all braun – he’s got some brains as well. (or at least I have to claim he does to prevent myself from being pummeled) Nah. For reals though… In addition to his short, but undefeated fighting career Keith is also an accomplished videographer with a pretty impressive resume. Wanna know more…? Check out this music video that he filmed and edited. WARNING: Salmon Showdown is not responsible for any bad dreams that may result from viewing. Keith hit the ground running when he joined the crew in Season 4 and we’re glad to have him and his full set of filming and editing skills on board! That’s good….right Keith…. now just don’t hit me.
It would be hard to find someone more passionate about fishing and the outdoors than Tim. A Grand Valley Graduate, Tim spent 6 years working in the banking industry before giving it all up to own and operate a snowplow / lawn care company. His reason for this life change…? Simple. He needed more time to hunt and fish! We met Tim on the Trail fishing tournaments out of his 18 foot Walleye Boat and we quickly realized that he was one of Salmon Showdown’s biggest fans. It wasn’t long after that we found out that he was pretty good with a video camera as well. His outgoing personality, positive attitude and genuine thirst for knowledge on Salmon Fishing make him both a valued member of the crew and a huge asset to the show.