About Jason Smith, Master Captain
I was born in the Chicagoland area. At the age of 2, my family moved to Missouri with my grandparents to open the bait station called ‘Home of the Master Baiter’ on Stockton Lake. We owned the bait station from the time I was 2 to the age of 13. It was there that my love for fishing and the outdoors began! Helping customers by dipping bait and weighing fish are some of my earliest memories. I also contribute a lot of my passion for fishing to my two uncles, Buzz and Jeep. They both helped me stay on the water as a young man and shaped my fishing passion into what it is today. As I got older, I was introduced to snagging for spoonbill and was instantly hooked! As a young man, catfishing was throwing bait on the bottom and waiting for the fish. Since then, I’ve opened my eyes to many new techniques. I have dedicated most of my time to learning and testing several techniques with fishing for monster bluecats on Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake using the most up-to-date electronics. Going beyond the old school ways of fishing has brought more fish into my boat than I could have ever imagined. These techniques better allow me to put my guests on fish. Being on the water every day, fishing with new people, and teaching them what I know – there is no better job! This brought me to obtain my Master Captain’s license through the Coast Guard. Let the adventures begin!