The Bait Fisherman Staff

Rich Faler

Publisher, Webmaster

Rich Faler has fished for many species by all methods. He has been awarded 50 records through the years for fish he has caught in northwestern Pennsylvania, his home. He has also invented Fisherman’s Fingertips, a quick line release for bait fishing. Some of the books he has written include “Minnows — Seining and Trapping Minnows” and “How to Catch a World Record Fish”.

Ralph Scherder

Associate Editor

Ralph Scherder has traveled all over North America in search of trout, musky, and other finned creatures.  He is an award winning writer and photographer whose work has appeared in such magazines as Pennsylvania Angler, Ohio Valley Outdoors, Ohio Valley Times, Fur-Fish-Game, Bowhunter, and many others.  For three seasons he hosted the TV show “Pennsylvania Back Country” on the Sportsman Channel.

H. "Bumper" Bauer

Staff Writer

H. “Bumper” Bauer is a freelance outdoor writer and wildlife photographer. He is a member and former vice-president of the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA), member of the Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association (MDOWA), and member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA).

“Bumper” is an award winning outdoor writer and wildlife photographer, and lifelong fisherman with roots in Pennsylvania and Florida. His articles, photos, and fishing and hunting product evaluations have been published in magazines both regionally and nationally.

Jason Benetti

Staff Writer

Jason Benetti has been fishing for 38 years. Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, he loves trout fishing – it’s his passion. He wields spinning, fly, bait and ice fishing tackle. If it swims, he will try to catch it.  He learned everything from his dad and is now passing it on to his two girls.


We are seeking staff members from different geographic locations in the U.S.A. and other parts of the world, or with expertise in specialized categories (such as how to catch and keep bait alive). If you are interested in becoming a regular contributor as a staffer, please contact Rich through our contact page. 

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