Greg Gutierrez

Apex 2021

In His own words:

I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been up and down the road and across the country. The one thing I’ve learned through all of this is that fishing is fun, and I try to enjoy fishing every time I get on the water. Even if it is tournament fishing, it is still just fishing, and I want to keep that mentality of fun. When I don’t have the finish that I want, I want to keep in mind that I have had the opportunity to go fishing. It may be intense, but I enjoy every minute of it. I owe a debt of gratitude to my wife and my family and friends and sponsors for what they do to give me the opportunity to fish.

I’ve been in the position of the ground floor with an organization as they made a unique move. I was in with the Citgo Bassmaster Tour when they moved to the Bassmaster Elite Series. It is cool to see that development happen and to see it happen on the West is really cool. We’re not just trying to make a tournament circuit, but a circuit that showcases fishing in the West. That way the opportunities that are available in the East can be available here too. Who knows – maybe – we will be able to have our own ladies tournament trail. That is the kind of thing I am looking for. I want to help build a program here that is level with the opportunities for professional tournaments, not just regionally. I am excited to be a part of APEX as it moves the needle towards anglers fishing in the West.

Hometown:

Red Bluff, CA

Highlights:

7-time Pro/Am and Open champion – including WON Bass, Angler’s Choice, Bassmaster Open, FLW, BFL, WWBT,WWBT Challenge Cup, 6-time California B.A.S.S. Federation champion and Lake Mead State champion, 7-time Angler of the Year titles with WWBT, Angler’s Choice, California Tournament Trail and California B.A.S.S. Federation, 2-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, Runner-up “FLW All American, 3-time USA Team Member/Team Captain Euro-Bass Cup and
member of the B.A.S.S. Century Club – a 100 Pound Belt for 108-Pounds in the 2007 Bassmaster Elite Series.

Behind the angler:

At six-years-old, Greg’s mother started taking him trout fishing in the Sacramento river. He later ventured off by himself to fish local ponds and continued fishing with friends in high school. He fished for anything that swam. As an adult, a fellow fireman invited him to a club tournament and that sparked his interest in tournament fishing. His first tournament was on Shasta at the age of 24.

In the boat:

Flipping a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver or Man Bear Pig is
Greg’s most preferred way to target bass. His boat is stocked full of a mix of hard baits from Duo Realis spybaits, crankbaits, topwater and swimbaits, as well as giant box of Frenzy Nails, IROD fishing rods and a pile of Reaction Innovations plastics.

Sponsors:

Nitro Boats, Mercury Marine, Motorguide, Gone Fishin’ Marine, Gamma Fishing, Lowrance, Duo Realis, IROD Fishing, Reaction Innovations, Buck N’ Bass, Bioenno Power, Roman Made USA, Frenzy Baits, Torch Eyewear