Matt AreyNorth Carolina
Years as a full-time pro angler: 12
Signature technique/strength: Shallow-water power fishing
Home waters: Lake Wylie
Favorite place to fish: Lake Champlain
Career highlights: After a long career with FLW that saw him win the co-angler division of the Forrest Wood Cup in 2006 and three events as a pro, Matt made the move to the Elites in 2019 Since then, he has managed six Top 10s.
Did you know: Beginning at age 17, Matt played paintball as a professional for four years, competing in tournaments across the United States and Canada.