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Meet The Host(s)


Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas first made a name for himself in the outdoors as a professional bass angler. His notoriety and personality soon evolved into a career as a TV host on Outdoor Channel. As an avid archery hunter Thomas followed his passion and diversified his career as host of a popular Midwestern hunting show, "Stihl's Reel in the Outdoors". For the past four years, Thomas has hosted a popular Outdoor Channel prime time hunting series, "High Places". Joe continues pursuing his lifetime goal of harvesting all 29 North American big game animals.He is rapidly closing in on that goal having taken 26 to date and amazingly nearly all with a bow! 16 of which have qualified for the Pope & Young record book.


Fish Fishburne

Fish Fishburne

Fish Fishburne has been deeply involved in the outdoor industry for over 20 years and has appeared in over 25 major Sports Show markets across the country. His fun-loving personality, combined with his reputation as a champion angler, draws quite a crowd! Serious fishermen are drawn to his winning technical tips, children love his zany entertaining style, and women are charmed by his sense of humor. (At least he seems to believe it...)

Starting in 2010, Fish began hosting the hit series "Ultimate Match Fishing," Fishburne brings a new and different look to sport fishing viewers through his ability to combine entertainment and education. This "edutainment" style brings a much needed breath of fresh air to the fishing public.


Mark Randolph

Mark Randolph

Referees. As far as we know, no other fishing tournament has one. And that's really not a brain stumper, because no other fishing tournament needs one. But, UMF is different. Without the services of Referee Mark Randolph, Ultimate Match Fishing would be completely out of control. According to "THE REF", "My job is simple. I watch the anglers and wait until one makes a stupid mistake, then I get to do what I love more than anything in this world. I fire them up as loudly as I can. Nothing gives me more joy and pleasure than blowing the whistle and watching a guy come right out of his shoes. David Walker, Gary Klein, Aaron Martens, I don't really care who you are. If you cast across the line, if you land a fish over the line, if you simply cross the line with your rod in hand then I will call you. You can argue, whine, moan, throw a fit. Doesn't matter. I'm the final word, period. I'm the judge, the jury, and if need be, the executioner. And why even bother? After all, I haven't missed or made a bad call yet. And I'm really looking forward to this season." This season is going to be fun... really fun!


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