Hello, my name is Jeff Synak. I grew up in Lincoln, NE where I attended Lincoln Southeast High. After High School, I studied business and Welding at Southeast Community College. In 2006 I joined the BNSF Railway as a Carmen Apprentice. I spent three years in the apprenticeship to earn my Journeyman. I have now been with the company for over 10 years working various positions and locations across the state.
My love for fishing began on my first family fishing trip to Northern Saskatchewan on the Churchill River at Slims Cabins. Since then, I have always found it to be one of my favorite things to do. Living in Lincoln my options for Walleyes were limited so a few friends and I started fishing local Catfish tournaments throughout Nebraska around 2003. After a year of on the water tournament experience, we started winning. Between 2006 and 2009 we ended up with 9 top 3 finishes and 4 first place wins. In 2007-2009 I took over the duties of Tournament Director of the Eastern Division of Central Nebraska Catfish. In January 2010 I was awarded a Rapid Responder Position with BNSF in Broken Bow, NE. I soon became less involved with Catfishing and more involved with chasing Walleyes.
I have now been competing in Walleye tournaments all across the Northern States. Over the last few years, my tournament partner and I have had multiple top 10 finishes with a few wins along the way. This past year (2018) has been a good year on the water. Logan Spanel and I finished the year in second place in the Nebraska Walleye Trail “Team of the Year” total points race. We are also currently sitting in the top 15 of the Masters Walleye Circuit “Best of three” race with one event left. Logan and I have already secured a spot for next year’s NTC “National Team Championship”. I’m very excited for 2019 as we become better Tournament anglers each year!
I am currently Pro-Staff with Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Lowrance, Smooth Move Seats, Shimano, G.Loomis, Berkley, Kits Tackle, Towtector, and Gill Clothing. This has enabled me to fish with the best brands on the market.
I eventually want to pursue a full-time position as a professional angler. I am a motivated person who strives to be the best at whatever it is I decide to take on. It is a pleasure to help promote these great companies that have blessed me with this great opportunity.