Patrick Friedman, Director, Water.Boats.Bass

A native to Southern California, Patrick has always had a passion for fishing. As a kid, he would practice the art of sport fishing on local salt-water boats. It was not until college, where he pursued his Entrepreneurship degree, that he would begin fishing freshwater. At San Jose State, he became the president of the bass fishing club where he competed against other colleges from around the nation. He fished collegiate national freshwater competitions twice, first at Lake Chatuge, Georgia and then at Lake Wheeler, Alabama.  Patrick was born into a fishing family and loves all sorts of fishing. However, bass fishing has a special appeal to him combining his general love of fishing and competition. Patrick is a founding partner in Bass Bros Fishing Vlog on Facebook. His entrepreneurial spirit, desire to innovate, and knowledge of the target markets make him a great director for the concept and goals of Water Boats Bass.

Tom Raftican, President, Sportfishing Conservancy

Tom Raftican is a lifelong recreational boater, angler and diver. He has been actively involved in the leadership of sportfishing conservation, education and promotion since the nineteen eighties. Tom was elected president of United Anglers of Southern California in 1997 and continued in that position through 2008. Leaving UASC in 2008 Tom has reaffirmed his commitment to conservation and sportfishing both as a founding member and president of The Sportfishing Conservancy and as the force behind the national Sportfishing Conservation Alliance. From 2005 through 2011 Tom served on the Marine Fish Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Commerce and chaired their Eco-System Sub-Committee. Tom is the award winning host and producer of “Reel World Conservation” television series. Tom worked in concert with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California as a co-founder of Water, Boats and Bass, highlighting largemouth bass fishing at Diamond Valley Lake.

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