Professional Angler by Passion
Ben Woo stands out as an iconic figure within the sport fishing scene as his charismatic presence and positive energy can be felt through everything he does and applies himself to.
In 2007, Ben exploded onto the bass fishing tournament trail in his home province of Quebec by introducing the Castrol Pro Fishing Team. The team consisted of childhood friends Steven Dufresne, Scott Nagy and Daniel Benjafield but its relevance set the stage for things to come. Ben and his crew were first on the scene with fully wrapped bass boats, trucks and custom dye-sub jerseys. Obviously, this made a huge statement and got many curious about this supposed marketing machine who also rocked a mohawk and tattoos, also somewhat out of the ordinary at the time. The following year, Ben was recruited by the Team 990am to help co-host an existing talk radio show dubbed the "Locked-Up Fishing Show" with local fishing legend, Mike Lazarus. Soon after, Ben would move on to hosting the weekly show alone but featured special guests every week including the likes of fishing celebrities David Dudley and Dave Mercer.
By 2008, Ben yearned for more challenges and was convinced that he could take things to the next level and truly expose his favourite passion to the masses. Enter the Berkley B1 Canadian Bass Open, a huge undertaking that started as a simple garage chat between Ben and close friend, Mike Boudreau, owner of www.Fishin-Canada.net. Ben and Mike developed the concept further until ultimately, in June of 2009, the inaugural Berkley B1 went down in Lachine, Quebec. Although the first B1 was subject to some controversy, it did however prove one very important notion. Interest for competitive bass fishing in Quebec was alive and well, it simply needed to be nurtured and exposed.
2010 was a year of evolution and growth. Ben would be casted by industry icons Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman to appear on the Fish'n Canada television show as a feature host as well as the weekly radio show, the Outdoor Journal on the Fan 590am in Toronto. As the National Outdoors Ambassador for Castrol oil, Ben shares exclusive tips and advice with listeners while demystifying the secrets behind proper oil selection and maintenance. Meanwhile, the Berkley B1 would also undergo major renovations, moving from Lake St-Louis to its now permanent residence, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield on the shores of Lake St-Francis. Close to 300 anglers from 5 different provinces would participate in the event making the 2010 edition of the Berkley B1 monumental. The biggest names in the business including the likes of Bob Izumi would put it all on the line for bass supremacy and a shot of being the B1 champions.
2011 represented substantial expansion for Ben both as a proactive ambassador of the sport but also as a recognized media personality. With tremendous expansion into the world of social media, Ben quickly found himself at the forefront of the digital realm. 5,000 Facebook friends and now a Fan Page, over 3,000 Twitter followers and close to 64,000 views on his YouTube channel later and its safe to say that Ben can be seen, felt and heard through a variety of mediums. But even amongst all the fanfare, Ben still enjoys most just having impromptu one on one chats with other passionate anglers on the water or at the dock. Always approachable and ready to share a fishing trick or story, Ben Woo truly is an advocate to all things fun about fishing and sportsmanship.
In 2012, Ben launches a new brand entity known as Woodoo Customs Apparel Inc. Specializing exclusively in creating custom-tailored garments for the avid angler, Ben and partner Sheldon Hatch, set out to dress up Canadian fisherman one jersey at a time. Boasting premium fabrics and design along with 100% made in Canada products, Woodoo Customs has literally exploded onto the scene as samples of their work can and will be seen all over the country this season. Ben also developed and launched www.WoodooFishing.com, which represents an online "hub" of sorts and centralizes all of his many activities and properties into one, simple to navigate online destination. Ben plans on using this site as the launchpad for future projects and initiatives moving forward.
2016 represents monumental year for Ben. With several new television projects being introduced including the premiere of the new Leurre Juste show with partners Daniel Robitaille and Marc-André Tremblay, This new dynamic show shot in French will air 10 full episodes on both Télémag and V-Télé networks in Quebec. Ben also had the opportunity to take out the one and only goaltender of the Canadiens #31 Carey Price for an intimate one-on-one day on the water of fishing. The entire experience was filmed and is being edited for television broadcast soon. Also in the works is another new initiative called Sub-Zero Fishing! 6 web episodes on 6 bodies of water targeting 6 different species through the ice. Stay tuned for more details on this particular project and much more!