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Blackfish Announces New Partners and Ambassadors

by Jon Mitzel

(May, 2018) –  One of the outdoor industry’s newest brands to go to market, Blackfish Gear continues to grab attention. As a Minnesota-based company, Blackfish strategically launched a line of technical performance apparel in the upper Midwest to appeal to bass, walleye and crappie anglers. And to accomplish this goal, the Blackfish Team has recently added a few new faces.


The crew at Blackfish headquarters is proud to announce several new relationships that round out an already impressive team.


The Next Bite Television team of Gary and Chase Parsons and Keith Kavajecz recently jumped on board as Blackfish Ambassadors. Their combined years of fishing expertise in the upper Midwest is staggering, as is their status as an outdoor media company. The name of Next Bite is synonymous with fishing and open water adventure, and are a welcome addition to the team.


Industry professional Pat Kalmerton also joins the ranks of Blackfish Ambassadors. As a guide, writer, and all-season outdoorsman, Kalmerton brings multifaceted experience and industry connections to the brand. His affiliation with the renowned Wolf Pack Adventure guide service will also help grow awareness of the benefits of the product in the Wisconsin market.


The Blackfish team also recently signed on with the folks at Lindner Media to utilize Lindner’s Angling Edge, Lindner’s Fishing Edge and AnglingBuzz to help grow the brand. As legendary leaders and innovators in the fishing industry, the Lindners are a great fit with the Blackfish brand. “We’re truly impressed by the quality of the gear,” notes Al Lindner, “And the fact that they are a fellow Minnesota company simply makes this a great partnership.” 


Before the launch of the Blackfish brand to market this year, other key opinion leaders were sought out to serve as Ambassadors for the brand. These include Jason Mitchell, Tommy Skarlis, Jimmy Bell, Pete Maina, Eric Haataja, Chad Grigsby, Mark Schutz, Garrett Steele and John Gillespie.  “As a new brand coming to market, we were adamant that we secure key opinion leaders,” explains Matt Johnson, Pro Team Manager, “It’s exciting when some of the biggest names in the Midwest outdoor market get behind the Blackfish Brand.”


Located in Rogers, Minnesota, Blackfish is a Minnesota-based company dedicated to providing quality outdoor recreation products by aligning with other Minnesota and Midwest media, industry professionals and partners. The key categories brought to market are UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) garments including sun shirts and hoodies, as well as premium weather-proof soft shell jackets, pants and bibs.


For more information about the Ambassadors, the products and the technology behind them, visit