Western Region

Mark Wiza - California

Mark is a part time writer and trophy trout fishing guide based out of South Lake Tahoe, California. His articles that he has written for the Fish Sniffer online magazine are a must read. His guide business is very unique, he actually will take clients out in their own boat to show them how to effectively fish area lakes.

He got bit by the AC bug just like many others by catching the largest trout of his life on his first try with the lure. Since that fateful day he has been specializing in targeting big trout with ACs and has managed to put many other great fish into the boat including a 25 pound Lake Tahoe mack and an 11 pound Tahoe brown trout.

Keith Kerrigan - California

Keith is a full time fishing guide that specializes in trophy mackinaw. You can visit his website at His lake of choice for giant mackinaw is Donner and he put a GIANT 30.5 pounder on an AC Plug in the boat in 2008. This is the largest laker in CA for the year that we know about. He landed an amazing number of big lake trout on ACs in 2008 and is now going after even bigger fish.

His AC plug journey began after he gave the "AC Original" a try and immediately got into some great fish.

Rick Arnold- Oregon

Rick Arnold with a nice bull caught on an AC Plug

Rick is a fishing guide and writer from Bend, Oregon. His guide business specializes in trophy bull trout from Lake Billy Chinook. Rick is a member of the elite Brown Baggers fishing club and has landed several browns over the 10 pound mark. He also runs a taxidermy business that specializes in trophy trout. You can learn more about him at his website,

Rick has been fishing the AC Plug for many years. His favorite AC for bull trout is the Original on the downrigger. He also fishes the stickbait and skinny for trophy brown trout.