Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana Jim currently resides in the Leo area with his wife and two kids. Jim originally comes from the automotive industry he has been teaching high school at the Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy for 13 years. Jim’s students are juniors and seniors and his classes include automotive service, electrical, electronics, heating and air conditioning. He is also an adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne.
John has been fishing competitive bass tournaments for the past 19 years. At age 11, John stepped up and caught the big bass and enough weight to finish second in his first tournament - he has been hooked on the sport ever since. Over the last 19 years, John has won more than 100 tournaments throughout Michigan and Indiana.
While in college, 2008-11, he was a member of the Western Michigan University bass fishing club. In 2009, he won $10,000 on the Detroit River.
He currently serves as the Director of Summer Session at Purdue University, and he also teaches graduate courses for the College of Education. John lives on the Tippecanoe River in Battle Ground, Indiana with his wife Meghan. They are expecting their first child.
For the past 4 years, Tom has been working at Millwright with Local 1102.
He also works with with Missile Baits, Airlocker LLC, Ardent reels, Jim McLean at Siemans in Bridgman, and Puritan Springs Water.
For the past 10 years he has been a competitive regional bass tournament angler with experience ranging all across Indiana, Michigan, and B.A.S.S. Open tournaments.
The team of Gipson & Noe are not strangers to the R & B Bass Circuit. They have been members since 2014 and have won 13 events, including the 2015 Classic on Coldwater Lake. That same year, they were Season Champions - the final year with a single division.