Merv has been fishing his whole life but is a fairly new FLW Pro. He resides in Sugarcreek, Ohio where he started fishing tournaments at a local level compiling multiple wins and top 5 finishes until 2013 when he joined the FLW BFL Buckeye Division and as a Pro Boater. His first season he placed 15th qualifying for the Regional tournament at the Chesapeake Bay landing his first top 10 finish (7th) catching 41lb 11oz in 3 days. In 2014 he joined the Northern Division Costa FLW Series (formerly Rayovac Series) where he fished some great new locations including the James River, Potomac River and Lake Champlain placing 34th in the series. 2015 he joined the BFL Michigan Series fishing for his new favorite “Lake Erie Small Mouth” placing 11th in the division and 15th at the Lake Erie FLW Costa Series Event. In his short Pro career he has fished only 17 events and has 3 top 10 finishes!
From Green Bay Wisconsin. Currently fish tournaments in the Great Lakes Division BFL, Began tournament fishing 2 years ago and continue to gain experience and knowledge. Fishing strengths include flipping bushes and cranking ledges. Favorite Whip Em Baits is the baitfish swim jig.
Derek is a proud father of three future fishermen. He has only been tournament fishing for a few years, last year he qualified for the West Virginia Bass Federation State tournament. This year he will be fishing the Mound City Bassmasters along with other open tournaments with hopes of returning to the West Virginia State tournament.