Zack Thompson

Zack thompson

Apex 2022

In His own words:

I have an old school attitude, amidst a new school
mentality. I started out as one of the young guns and now it’s 20 years later. I’ve put in my dues and I feel like I’ve done it the right way. I like to fish my strengths, but I will let the fish tell me what is going on. I am passionate about the sport and when you watch me, you’ll see me wear my emotions on my sleeve. I will give everything I have out there and leave it on the water. I’m really looking forward to the inaugural year of APEX and expanding formats on the West Coast, which is a unique scene that has a lot of growth potential. APEX will help shape the West and forge a new identity for a western market.


Alameda, CA


2-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier, Bassmaster Open champion, FLW Angler of the Year title

Behind the angler:

Zack’s first fishing trip was with his dad in elementary school. He vividly remembers a day catching shiners on an Alameda pier. After that experience, he wanted to fish every day that he possibly could. After watching an episode of Bassmaster on TV, Zack was intrigued by the guys that fished professionally. He grew up fishing with current MLF pro Fred Roumbanis. In college, Roumbanis introduced him to tournament fishing and Zack’s career progressed from there.

In the boat:

Swimbaits are always tied on PJ’s rods. GJC Custom Baits and Toxic Baits are some of his favorites; but he carries a wide selection and brands. Rattle Zack calls himself a power fisherman, preferring to throw reaction baits, bladed jigs, heavy flipping rigs and crankbaits. His first pick for a flip rig is a one-ounce weight with a Berkley Pit Boss. His lockers are stocked with Abu Garcia rods – the Veritas and Ike series, and Revo reels. He always carries an extra spool of Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon, an extra shirt or two from Huk and Torch Eyewear to protect his eyes.


DCR Propeller, Delta Rat, Huk, CHT Tackle