Eric Holstman, your professor and host, is the former television host of the popular fishing show “Sportsman’s Challenge” on ESPN2/The Outdoor Channel and is a seasoned professional tournament angler on the Oh Boy! Oberto Redfish Cup. He has over 35 years of angling experience locally, regionally, statewide, the Southeastern United States from south Texas to The Keys to North Carolina, the Caribbean and fishing destinations around the globe. He also has a successful background in competitive bass fishing. He has appeared as a special guest on several national fishing shows and documentaries over the past ten years. In 2006, he ended the Redfish Cup regular season as the #6 Team of the Year angler and competed in the prestigious Redfish Cup Championship in Morehead City, NC. All together, he has qualified for eight professional redfish tour championships and has placed in the Top 10 of regular season events fifteen times. In 2008, Eric appeared in the National Berkley Saltwater Commercial and campaign filmed in Cedar Key, FL. Recently, Eric has worked as a consultant for Wal-Mart and Pure Fishing/Berkley to help better serve their customers and provide a great selection of angling equipment in fishing departments all along the Gulf Coast.
He is also the creator and host of the “Hook, Line and Sinker Seminar Series”, the largest and most successful seminar of the Gulf Coast. Eric also writes many columns in the Pensacola News Journals, “Hook, Line and Sinker” as well as many other magazines, web blogs and popular publications. Recently, Eric has joined the Berkley Saltwater Seminar Tour. Throughout the year, Eric performs many other seminars at regional boat shows, fishing clubs, Bass Pro Shops and local fishing tournaments. He is also very involved in the local fishing community, organizations and charities, offering his time, services and knowledge whenever possible.
Eric Holstman is a well-liked and well-respected angler in the world of saltwater angling. Eric feels incredibly fortunate to proudly represent some of the largest and most recognizable companies on the planet. He is currently a Pro Staff Angler for Yamaha Outboards, Maverick Boat Company, Pure Fishing(Berkley, Gulp!, Penn reels, AllStar Rods, Fenwick, Abu Garcia, Spiderwire, Johnson, Powerbait and Stren), Motorguide, Oakley Eyewear, Power-Pole, Patagonia, Owner Hooks, Marsh Works Tackle and The Ships Chandler.
Eric lives in Pensacola, FL. with his cats Tigger, Bono, The Edge and Larry. He enjoys traveling the world with friends, driving fast cars(Porsche motoring), Ambergris Caye Belize, great food and drink, U2 concerts, challenge and competition, watching clients catch lots of fish, cooking, surfing, animals, beach volleyball, tennis, table tennis and chilling with friends.