Tony Franceschi

Granite Bay, CA

In his own words

I love the sport and love having my family involved. For me family comes first, and fishing comes second; but it is a great way to bring the family together in an activity that everyone can participate in. Win, lose, or draw, I enjoy the journey. I’m looking forward to being a part of APEX. It is something that hasn’t been done before and something that can be a part of the future of fishing. All the guys that are involved this year are paving the way for future generations of anglers.


Three boat wins, three Angler of the Year titles in BASS Nation, FLW Pro/Ams, and a team circuit

Behind the Angler

Tony started fishing the San Francisco Bay with his grandfather. At nine, they learned freshwater fishing together. His first team tournament was in the mid-80’s. At 22, he entered his first draw tournament, a Red Man event.

In the Boat

Tony’s confidence lies in two main techniques, flipping and pitching
a Missile Baits D Bomb or Missile Baits D Stroyer and frogging. He enjoys frogging so much, he participated in the original design of the River2Sea Bully Wa frog. A peek under the lids of his boat would show off Dobyns 795 Flippin ‘ Stick and a Daiwa Tatula 200, spooled with 65-pound P-Line TCB Braid, or 20- to 25-pound P-Line 100% Fluorocarbon.


  •  Bass Cat Boats
  • Mercury Marin
  • Boatmasters
  • P-Line
  • 1st Gen Fishing
  • Missile Baits
  • Power-Pole
  • Dobyns Rods
  • Simms
  • Beckman Nets
  • Garmin
  • Bioenno Power Lithium Batteries