Catherine & Cory Kruse
Cory Kruse is a sporting clays champion who met his wife Catherine when her father’s former company sponsored him early in his shooting career. The two were friends for years, competing together in tournaments when they were teens. As adults, they connected on another level and were married in 2012. Now living in the Texas Hill Country and parents to a six-year-old daughter, the two are raising their child to love the outdoors as much as they do.
Photo by Ata Girl Photography
Clay Spencer grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and has been an avid hunter and angler all his life. His passion for fly fishing and love of wild places led him to Alaska, where he worked as a fishing and hunting guide. He was ridiculously happy but eventually had to leave the Alaskan wilderness for a job in the business world. He still fished every chance he got. Dissatisfied with the fishing shirts available on the market, Clay decided to create his own. Armed with real-life business experience and an MBA from Stanford, he founded Poncho Outdoors, known for their sustainably made shirts for the outdoors. Now living in Austin, Texas, Clay is using his work to ignite a passion for wildlife and wild places.
Photo Courtesy of Clay Spencer
Danielle Prewett is founder of the brand Wild + Whole and a Wild Foods Contributing Editor for Meateater. She was born and raised in Texas and was introduced to the outdoors by her husband, an avid hunter and angler. Together they live off the land by hunting and fishing for all of their protein. She is passionate about the intersection between food and nature because it enables her to connect with her food and eat more consciously, something she hopes to inspire in others. South Texas is now home for Danielle, and when she isn’t in the kitchen, she can be found in the garden, upland hunting with her two bird dogs, or on the coast sight-casting redfish.
Photo by John Dunaway, 2019 WWNBT Ambassador
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jako Lucas figured out early on that he wanted to spend his life fishing. He competed in fishing tournaments in South Africa and the UK and made a living as a fishing guide. He has taken clients all over the globe for fly fishing adventures, from Mongolia to Norway to the Seychelles. No longer satisfied with taking just photos for his clients, he picked up a film camera along the way, and his company Captain Jack Productions was born. Now he’s producing award-winning films in some of the world’s most remote and complex fisheries. He discovered the joys of fishing in the Lone Star State a few years ago and guides full-time on the Texas coast when he’s not traveling the world.
Photo by Jonathan Vail
“Just a sista who loves to fish” is how Jaz Robinson describes herself on her growing Instagram profile. Known as Castaway Jaz, the Dallas-area resident is sharing her newfound passion for fishing with a growing audience. She’ll be the first to tell you she’s no expert, but she’s happiest when she’s sharing what she’s learned, especially with other women of color. She loves finding fishing spots close to home and caught her very first fish at Lakeside Park in Duncanville, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Neighborhood Fishin’ location. Jaz’s reputation is growing and she has been featured in Southern Living, Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, and WFAA-TV. She’s working toward buying her first fishing boat and hopes to one day compete as a pro angler.
Photo by Jonathan Vail
Wildlife cinematographer Austin Alvarado has a passion for the wild and rugged Big Bend region of Texas. He lives in Terlingua, but his work takes him to all corners of the state. He was a featured character in the 2019 documentary film The River and the Wall and worked on Deep in the Heart, the first blue-chip wildlife documentary ever produced about Texas wildlife. A former river guide, he spent more than five years leading commercial trips on the Rio Grande River and has paddled rivers all over North America. He’s looking forward to the 2022 premiere of Deep in the Heart, which aims to inspire Texans to conserve our remaining wild places, to show the connectivity of water and wildlife, and to recognize Texas’ conservation importance on a continental scale.