Roger Umbarger - A Passion for Fishing

Roger Umbarger - Fishing EnthusiastOne of my greatest joys is helping fishing enthusiasts gain knowledge and confidence. Weather it’s on the water or performing seminars, both are very special for me.

I can remember when I was young, the times when my dad and grandpa would take me fishing. Hours would seem like minutes. With the passion I had fishing at such a early age I didn’t start bass fishing in tournaments until after I was married and we moved to Springfield, Missouri - home to the original Bass Pro Shops. It was then the fishing bug bit me. I started fishing in tournaments all over but mainly at Table Rock Lake. From here it progressed to multiple events all over.


Several years and unknown amounts of fish later I was invited to join the “Pro Staff” at Bass Pro Shops. Here I give seminars, write Pro Pointers, and educate all those with a desire to become better fisherman and women. Aside from giving seminars and chatting with fellow fisherman in the aisles, you can catch me passing on my knowledge through guided fishing trips.

I still love spending as much time as possible on the water and talking fishing with friends. Tournaments are still a big part honing my skills and gaining wisdom of those elusive fish.

Today I share my life with my wife of 25+ years and two kids in college (That’s where my retirement fund is going) along with our pets Molly, Zoey and Frank the cat.