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Professional Angler Stephen Johnston

 

1970   Born; Port Arthur, Texas.  
1970-1986   Learned the sport of fishing from his father while camping on Toledo Bend Reservoir and along the Angelina River in East Texas, as well as Sabine Lake and the Gulf Coast marshes along the South East Texas coast.  
1986-1988   Competitively fished local bass club tournaments.  
1988   Graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School; Port Arthur, Texas.  
1989-1990   Attended Lamar University; Beaumont, Texas.  
1989   Began professionally guiding duck hunts along the South East Texas Coast.  
1990   Began professionally guiding fishing trips on Toledo Bend Reservoir and Lake Sam Rayburn in East Texas.  
1990-1996   Competitively fished in various local and regional bass tournaments.  
1996   Established “Johnston’s Guide Service” and began booking all trips from a home-based location on Toledo Bend; continued to work closely with various marinas for booking trips and client entertainment.  
1996-Present   Participate in various Outdoor, Sport, and Boat Shows to promote corporate sponsors and Johnston’s Guide Service through booth displays and seminars.  
1996-Present   Participate with various media outlets to promote corporate sponsors and Johnston’s Guide Service. Television show tapings on the lake, published articles and columns, contributor to misc. newspaper/radio agencies for lake/fishing reports.  
1996-Present   Participate at retailer open house events to promote corporate sponsors and Johnston’s Guide Service. Work with various corporate sponsors to test and promote products to an ever growing list of guide clients, tournament fans, and the general public.  
1997-2019   Affiliated with Ranger Boats as a member of their Pro Staff. Known and respected as the ‘Ranger Pro’ in East Texas.  
1997-Present   Became affiliated with Mercury Marine as a member of their Pro Staff.  
1998-2007   Continued to competitively fish in regional and national events, including the BFL Cowboy Division, Everstart Series Central Division, Anglers Choice East Texas Team, Bass N Bucks East Texas Team, Bass Champs Team, Texas Tournament Trail, Stren Series, and the Oberto Redfish Cup.  
2007   Angler of the Year - FLW Stren Series-Texas Division  
2008   Named as an Associate Rep for Ranger Boats working with South Central Sales & Associates. Competitively fished in the Stren Series, Texas Division, FLW Tour, and Bass N Bucks East Texas Team Trail narrowly missing another AOY title, and winning the Bass N Bucks Team Championship.  
2009  

Champion, B.A.S.S. Central Open Lake Sam Rayburn,  Angler of the Year - Bass N Bucks Team Trail; 8th Place overall in B.A.S.S. Central Open standings;  2010 Elite Series Qualifier; 2nd Place Overall in FLW Stren Series-TX Division standings.

 
2011   PAA All Star event qualifier and Top 12 finish  
2012  

Angler of the Year, Bassmaster Weekend Series

3rd Place Bassmaster Weekend Series Natl. Champ

5th Place AOY; Texas Team Trail

 
2013  

Angler of the Year, FLW Rayovac Series; TX Div.

4th Place AOY; Texas Team Trail

 

 
2014   FLW Forrest Wood Cup Qualifier/Competitor; finished 22nd Place overall. 4th Place AOY with partner Dicky Newberry in the Texas Team Trail  
2015   Champion Texas Team Trail Ray Roberts  with partner Dicky Newberry. Top 20 AOY in the FLW Costa Series. FLW Costa Series Championship Qualifier/Competitor finishing in 45th Place overall.  
2016

 

  10th Place AOY with partner Danny Iles in the Texas Team Trail.  
2017

 

  6th Place AOY in the FLW Costa Series, Championship Qualifier/Competitor finishing in 23rd Place. 6th Place AOY with partner Dan Wilson in the Texas Team Trail.  
2017

 

  Acquired Carlson Marine, a long established Mercury Marine Dealership located near Toledo Bend.  
2018

 

  7th Place AOY in the FLW Costa Series, Championship Qualifier/Competitor finishing in 14th Place. 24th Place AOY with partner Dan Wilson in the Texas Team Trail.  
2019   Partnered with Vexus Boats as Pro Staff and Territory Sales Support in the Texas/Louisiana region.  
Present   Known and respected as one of the Top Professional Anglers and competitors on the bass circuits and Top Licensed Guide on East Texas lakes Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend.  
Present   Participates as Pro Staff for Vexus Boats, Lucas Oil Mercury Marine, Minnkota, Humminbird, Talon, Lake Master, Costa, Shimano, G Loomis, and Sunline.  

 

 

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