Meet The Staff

SHAWN “THE CHEF” MCNEW

Owner of Striper Soup Bait & Tackle, is one of the region’s foremost striper fisherman.  His first experience with this magnificent fish in 1993 was the end of his lifelong (at the time) love of bass fishing. Shawn recalls the story of his first striper trip on the Tennessee River, “I latched into two of these beasts, and they both broke my 20 lb test after 2-3 minutes of straight drag pulling!  I’d never felt power like that and knew I was 100% hooked.”  After a successful
career as an All American Division I swimmer and graduating with a degree in wildlife fisheries science from the University of Tennessee, he focused 100% of his resources to learning the ways of striped bass fishing.  In 1998, he started his guide service, Seein’ Stripes, and is still guiding today.  In 2007, Shawn utilized his knowledge of catching and transporting shad to begin a commercial shad company named Shad Stocking.  His knowledge of the fishery is regarded by his peers, and he is excited about sharing it with aspiring striper fishermen.


BRUCE “ACTION” JACKSON

Manager of the ‘Soup, Bruce has a lifetime of local knowledge of our fisheries and a passion for customer service.  His laid back attitude will make you comfortable while you shop while his stories are bound to entertain.  As the newest member of the Striper Soup family, we look forward to Bruce serving our awesome customers for many years to come!


CHRIS “TEXAS” WINGARD

Has teamed up with Shawn and Bruce to help keep the Soup hot and tasty.  He is well versed in bait tank technology, shad keeping and hauling, and is a master catfisherman.  Always friendly and helpful, Chris will load your tank with
frisky Striper Soup shad and keep you entertained with his nearly unintelligible Texas accent!

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