Ozarks Extreme Outdoors Fishing ProStaff

Eric Hansen

Eric is the owner at Ozarks Extreme Outdoors home of Ozarks Archery and Kayak Fishing Pro Shop, he started kayak fishing 2009 and fell in love with the sport.  He began competing in kayak fishing tournaments in 2014 and since has stepped away from fishing competitively while serving as the President and tournament director for the Show Me Kayak Fishing Association and the Mo-Yak Fishing Series during 2015 and 2016.  He is an avid hunter and angler and enjoys sharing his passion with others.  He has made his passion into a family affair and often takes his two children and wife along on his kayak fishing adventures.

Richy Laughery

Richy is our swimbait guru.  He fishes big baits for big fish and knows his stuff.  He has been fishing competitively out of a kayak since 2014 and ended fifth in the 2015 Mo-Yak Fishing Series.  You can find him very active on kayak fishing and fishing forums throughout the nation sharing his knowledge of fishing swimbaits and kayak fishing.  As well as being an avid kayak angler he also fishes big bass bashes throughout the Midwest and produces time and time again with his swimbait tactics.  You can find him often times at the shop willing to help out any customer coming into see what the fishing reports are.  He has written articles for and was a featured angler for

Brian Hillman

Brian is the current President of the Show Me Kayak Fishing Association and has fished competitively in the Mo-Yak Fishing Series and Kayak Bass Series since 2015.  He took first place at the 2015 Mo-Yak Fishing Series Classic on Table Rock Lake and earned a spot into the 2015 Tournament of Champions.  He is also on the Ascend Pro Staff team for Bass Pro Shops.

Jim Harding

Is an avid outdoorsman and feels at home when he is on the water or in the woods.  He is a guide at Ozarks Extreme Outdoors and fishes in the Mo-Yak Fishing Series.  He is always willing to help out fellow anglers by sharing his knowledge of Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo.  His other sponsors include River2Sea and Marina Fire Safety.

Tyy Ward

Tyy Ward started fishing out of a kayak after moving to the Ozarks and taking a guided kayak fishing trip with his son through Ozarks Extreme Outdoors.  He was instantly hooked on the sport and bought his first kayak in 2015 and began fishing the Mo-Yak Fishing Series.  He started helping the Show Me Kayak Fishing Association and Ozarks Extreme Outdoors as an IT master and has been instrumental in getting us on-line.  He finished second in the 2015 Mo-Yak Fishing Series in his rookie year and passionately shares his love of kayak fishing with everyone he meets.

Kevin Slifer

Resides in the Manhattan, Kansas area and has fished in kayak tournaments since 2013, Kevin is an avid kayak angler and is a professional guide as the owner of King Fish Guide Service.  He won the Kayakaplosa in 2015 and took sixth place at the 2014 Tournament Of Champions at Lake Fork in Texas.  We are proud and excited to have him be part of the Ozarks Extreme Outdoors Pro Staff Team. His other sponsors include Smith Optics.

Jay Grave

Jay Grave has fished in the professional and amateur boat circuits for many years.  We met Jay through Quickbaits, a soft tackle company where he is the owner and founder.  Jay quickly became a supporter of Ozarks Extreme Outdoors and kayak fishing, sponsoring many events with Quickbaits.  He finally came to the bright side of kayak fishing and has fell in love with the sport.  He fished the Mo-Yak Series in 2015 and continues to support the growth of kayak fishing and Ozarks Extreme Outdoors in Missouri and beyond.

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