The Bassmasters | Hosts | Outdoor Channel
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Meet The Host(s)


Mark Zona

Mark Zona

Mark Zona is well-known as a passionate and opinionated angler and expert analyst when it comes to tournament bass fishing. His sharp, insightful analysis and encyclopedic knowledge of all things bass made him a natural choice for the feature reporter position with several networks. It's no surprise that Mark Zona earned his reputation in the industry with a rod and reel in his hand. He fished his first bass tournament at the age of nine and still occasionally fishes competitively. Since earning his associate's degree in 1994, he's held jobs in virtually every corner of the sport of bass fishing — as a guide, a tournament director, a manufacturer's representative and a semi-professional angler.

Zona has appeared as a host on several outdoor shows, including Loudmouth Bass, BassCenter, The Greatest Angler Debate, Bassmaster Elite Series, College Smash-Mouth Bass Championship, Oh Boy! Oberta Redfish Cup and The World's Greatest Fishing Show.


Tommy Sanders

Tommy Sanders

Tommy Sanders is best known as host of ESPN Outdoors, the four-hour block of outdoors programming that aired nationally each Saturday. In addition to his hosting duties for Outdoor Channel on Madfin Shark Series and The Bassmasters, Sanders also hosts the STIHL Timbersports Series (since 1990), the FLW Tournament series (since 1996) and hosts numerous webcasts and outdoors-related podcasts.

A native of Magnolia, Arkansas, Sanders graduated in 1976 from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, earning a bachelor of arts degree in English and theater. Sanders was inducted into the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame in 2009 and was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award in both 2009 and 2010 for his coverage of the Bassmaster Classic, co-hosted with Mark Zona.

Sanders is married and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.


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