Rod Bates

Koinonia Guide Company


Rod Bates was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and, just by looking at his name, you know he was born to fish! Although he doesn’t remember the times his parents took him river bank fishing when he was in diapers, the photos cannot be denied. Rod is the owner of Koinonia Guide Service and his knowledge of the Susquehanna River is unparalleled. He spends his days introducing others to the beauty and bounty of the River.

Rod is currently on the Pro Staff for Bass Pro Shops and gets many opportunities to try new products and do instructional demonstrations in the store and at outdoor shows. He is also on the Pro Staff for PLANO Tackle. This relationship also gives him opportunities to try new product lines. Rod is also a member of the PRADCO Fishing’s Guide Program. PRADCO owns many companies such as Rebel, YUM, XCALIBUR, Silver Thread and many others. This relationship allows Rod to field test new products and report back to the company. In 2013 Rod became a member of Team Catfish and this allows him access to very knowledgeable people in the Catfish industry as well as great products from Team Catfish.


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