The team fishes from a 2006 22' Shearwater completely decked out by Oceangrip Marine Flooring with a 2017 Yamaha SHO 200hp motor. Owner Hooks help to insure our catch while our Yeti cooler keeps everything cold and iced down. Our FLLivin and AFTCO gear keeps us cool on those hot summer days with the highest quality tournament gear. We can always count on our Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchor to keep us on the fish especially on tournament days. Central Marine takes care of our Yamaha motor so we have dependable and reliable power everyday on the water!
Matt fished lakes, ponds, inshore and offshore all around the Florida area growing up as a native Floridian. He competed in a professional televised series with siblings in 2008-2011 and took some time off when his older brother suffered a broken neck in a boating accident in 2012. Hitting the circuit again in 2013, he fished redfish and inshore tournaments and various kingfish series offshore tournaments as a member of Team Reeves and Team All Kinked Up before forming his own team.
Matt is a member of the Power-Pole, Owner Hooks, & Yeti Coolers Pro Staff and as a true Florida native, he promotes apparel for FLLivin and the lifestyle it represents. He likes the quality and comfort of the AFTCO line of fishing apparel and can often be seen on the water wearing their performance apparel . Product Sponsors include Barracuda Cast Nets and Oceangrip Marine Flooring that completely decked out his 22' Shearwater. Central Marine Service keeps his Yamaha 250 powered up and running great.
Matt is a certified diver and USCG licensed Captain and enjoys scuba diving and spear fishing when he is not tournament fishing. He volunteers his time as Tournament Director for the Tighten The Drag Foundation, a non profit that supports those who have suffered spinal cord injury by awarding scholarships for rehabilitative recovery therapy. Matt has also been an NHRA Division 2 Track Champion drag racer, is a certified BMW automotive technician and a devoted brother, insuring this his disabled brother (who was a licensed fishing Guide) still has a chance to get out on the water often.
Sydney grew up in the fishing community of Madiera Beach but her love for fishing started after family trips to the Florida Keys. She loves doing anything outdoors and growing up in a state that is world renowned for its fishing made it easier for her to pursue her passion. Sydney has fished with Team Who R U and Team Reeves on the kingfish circuit. She enjoys all types of fishing and has had a great time being a part of the teams as a lady angler. She is currently a part of the AFTCO Pro Staff.
Sydney is a Certified Vet Tech and is currently Head Technician at her clinic in Largo. The ASPCA also plays an important role in her work allowing the non profit she works for to purchase much needed equipment through grants that enable them to help pets in many ways. She also has a clothing business called Cypress Boutique with the newest fashions in ladies apparel.
Her hobbies include anything with animals and the outdoors. Sydney is an instrumental part of Tighten The Drag Foundation, donating her time and helping with every aspect of insuring a successful event at their annual charity fishing tournaments.
T. R. Finney
TR was introduced to saltwater fishing in 2011 and soon became passionate about the sport. He has competed with Team Fish Whistle, Team All Kinked Up and Team Reeves in events sponsored by the Southern Kingfish Association and Wild West Kingfish Tournament Series. He also competes in local inshore tournaments like the Tampa Bay Redfish Tour, Old Salt events and other charitable and local tournaments.
TR works in the medical field at Moffitt Cancer Center and donates time to charitable causes like Tighten The Drag Foundation which supports rehabilitation for Spinal Cord Injured.
TR enjoys fishing, duck hunting, golf, and spending time with friends.
Kyle is a Florida native and has fished the gulf coast competitively for many years. He has fished redfish and inshore tournaments as well as offshore kingfish series events on Team Reeves and Team All Kinked Up in various tournament series.
In 2015, Kyle purchased a 2015 Contender to enable the teammates to form their own team. They have consistently placed on the leader board since that time.
Kyle is a licensed electrician and enjoys fishing and outdoor sports of all types.