updated 14 July 2012
12.24 pounds Red River Shreveport Bossier La. (Nov. 2010)
Mike Cork Who Am I
5422 Amber Circle
Benton, La, 71006
Cell 318-560-9827 / Mike@ultimatebass.com
Living in Benton Louisiana, north of the Shreveport/Bossier city, home to the Red River. Born September 1968, and married for 21 years to my lovely wife Laurie, who is just as passionate as I am about bass fishing. We have 3 daughters that have ventured out on their own in life. I am fortunate and fish 4-5 days a week 12 months a year and will fish 30-35 tournaments a year. My hobbies include efforts to preserve our great sport and it’s environment. I am a member of the Twin Cities Team Club, American Bass Anglers, B.A.S.S., Media Bass and Bass Life Associates of NW Louisiana. Bass fishing has been a way of life for me since I was old enough to hold a fishing rod. My father was a very accomplished bass fisherman and I was fortunate to follow in his footsteps and learn from him. By the time I was old enough to drive I was fishing at circuit level. After a break in fishing, due to my military career, and with the help of my wife we started Ultimate Bass, a team tournament trail. Managing 2 divisions that fished once a month. Ultimate Bass eventually grew into an international bass fishing website. Employment:
After 20 years of service I retired from the United States Air Force on 22 Oct 2007. This allows me time with my family and to volunteer with organizations promoting the future of bass fishing. My wife and I own and manage www.ultimatebass.com an international bass fishing website. Ultimate Bass received 18 million page views in 2010. With over 18,000 members and 1 million + posts the Ultimate Bass Forum has become very prominent in the internet bass fishing industry. I currently have 36,500 posts on the forum and am considered an expert in many fishing techniques offering advice to beginners and tournament anglers alike.
I am on the Legend Boats National Pro Staff and drive a 2012 Alpha 211 powered by a 250 Mercury Pro XS. I highly recommend both Legend and Mercury to anyone I talk with. I'm also on Dobyns Rods pro staff, assisting in placing rods in local stores, sales via the internet and am a representative on Ultimate Bass fielding questions on specific uses. I am currently on the Power Pole staff as well as Elite Tungsten. Volunteer:
Bass Life Associates organization representing bass fishing and its future. We hold and annual fund raising dinner to generate funds for the NW Louisiana Catch and Release program, area charities, lake side facility improvements and children's fishing events. I can also be found organizing, conducting and performing Master of Ceremony duties for fund raising tournaments to include the Crew of Centaur annual events. What I can do for your company:
I have the experience, knowledge and visibility to professionally represent your company to people via demonstrations, public events and web publications. In representing your company, I will promote your products at every possible opportunity via daily contacts at launch ramps, in tackle/equipment stores, tournament weigh ins, web based interactions and special functions.
Fishing over 200 days a year I will put your product in front hundreds of anglers weekly. My tournament schedule consists of B.A.S.S. Weekend Series, Media Bass, American Bass Anglers Association, open events and local clubs. Your products will be showcased at 3-5 tournaments a month. I currently offer demonstrations rides for Legend Boats after every tournament, when scheduled, or if asked at the ramp. This plus travel to and from the tournament waters provides countless impressions of your products.
I am considered an expert and figurehead on our site's forum and am continually looked to for advice on equipment, tackle needs and technique specific tactics. While writing weekly articles on all aspects of bass fishing for Ultimate Bass, I will showcase your products. I can interview your Pro Staff for publication on the website.
1) Your name will be on my fishing and tournament attire at all events.
2) Your logo will also be placed on my boat and tow vehicle, traveling 400 miles a week providing countless ad impressions in the Shreveport/Bossier Louisiana area, Dallas Texas area lakes, and Toledo Bend region of Louisiana.
3) I will promote your products, hand out business cards and/or product samples, and provide product demonstrations at all tournaments, shows or events.
4) Possible forum based advertising
- Currently I post an average of 500 posts a month; your company name and web link will be in my signature of each of those posts.
- Your name and web link will also be in the signature of the 31,000 plus posts that I have already made.
- I will discuss your products in my fishing reports, tips and techniques, and product reviews throughout the Ultimate Bass forum.
5) Possible website based advertising
- Weekly articles I write for Ultimate Bass will have your company name listed in my signature.
- Will publish testimonials of your products
- I write a bass fishing blog for Ultimate Bass and will have your company name listed in my signature
- I write product reviews, discuss bass tournaments tactics, and can highlight your company.
6) I will attend all fishing related shows, expo’s and major tournament weigh ins, wearing my tournament shirt with your name and/or logo on it. I will represent your company with the utmost professionalism and enthusiasm by passing out your flyers, mailers, business cards and products. I will continually present your products to local tackle dealers with the same professionalism and enthusiasm.
If you would be interested in the advertising and support I can offer; or you would like more information about myself please feel free to call or email me.
Bass Fishing accomplishments 1990 to Present:
I have competitively bass fished in Florida, Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee and California. In my travels I have fished with 7 different tournament organizations. I have also been the president of 3 bass clubs and started two tournament trail organizations. I have been the Master Of Ceremony for over 60 tournament weigh-ins and bass fishing events.
I've been competively bass fishing for 30 years however that is as they say history.
This is my last four years, top 5 finishes only.2012 Season
Angler of the Year, American Bass Anglers 2011-2012 Season (Oct 2011 thru June 2012)
2nd Place American Bass Anglers, Red River (Pool 5), October
1st Place American Bass Anglers, Red River (pool 5), November
3rd Place American Bass Anglers, Bisteneau, December
2nd place American Bass Anglers, Cross Lake, January
1st place American Bass Anglers, Black Bayou, February
5th place American Bass Anglers, Caddo Lake, March
2nd place American Bass Anglers District 48, Championship, Red River pools 4 and 52011
Angler of the Year, American Bass Anglers 2010-2011 season
2nd Place American Bass Anglers, Red River (Pool 5), February
1rst Place American Bass Anglers, Red River (pool 4), March
2nd Place American Bass Anglers, Black Bayou Hosston, April
-8th place America Bass Anglers, American Fishing Tour, National Angler of the Year Championship held on Greenwood Lake SC, October
-28th place America Bass Anglers, National Championship, Lake Murray, October
2nd Place American Fishing Tour, Red River (Pool 5), November
1rst Place American Fishing Tour, Red River (Pool 5), November Also
3rd Place American Fishing Tour, Bistineau, December
Twin Cities Team Club
-1rst Place Hosston, January2010
1rst Place American Bass Anglers, Red River, April
1rst place American Bass Anglers, Cross Lake, October
1rst place American Bass Anglers, Red River, November
3rd place American Bass Anglers 2 day championship, Red River, June
5th place Media Bass, Cross Lake, November
Twin Cities Team Club
-1rst place Red River
-1rst place Hosston
-1rst place Cypress/Black Bayou
-1rst place Cypress/Black Bayou
-2nd place Caddo Lake
-3rd place Red River
-4th place Lake Bisteneau
-4th place Caddo Lake2009
1rst place American Bass Anglers 2 day championship, Red River June
1rst Place American Bass Anglers, Cross Lake Oct
5th place, American Bass Anglers, Red River April
5th place, American Bass Anglers, Caddo Lake May
Twin Cities Team Club
-1rst place Red River, Nov
-1rst place Cross, Dec
-2nd place Cross Lake, Feb
-2nd place Red River, Mar
-2nd place Bistineau, Apr
-3rd place Hosston, Jan
-3rd place Cypress Lake, Jun
-5th place Black Bayou Benton, Jul