Captain Ali Shakoor is a USCG licensed charter captain, with over 30 years experience on the Great Lakes. Ali travels to fish the Cabelas/Bass Pro Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC), and has experience in other circuits, including the Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT), National Walleye Tour (NWT), and Anglers Insight Marketing (AIM). He is a 7x World Walleye Championships qualifier with several top-ten finishes. He and his partner, Brian Zarembski, won the 2018 MWC Lorain, OH event with a two-day record of over 89 pounds for ten post-spawn fish. They also have a win in the Anglers Insight Marketing (AIM) circuit with a 54-pound one-day total. In 2021, Ali and his partner traveled to Lake Oahe in Mobridge, South Dakota and secured his second win in the Cabelas/Bass Pro MWC. Additionally, he has multiple other top-ten finishes in various tourney circuits.
He was introduced to his love of the outdoors through hunting and fishing around the Irish Hills area of Michigan. This inspired him to pursue a degree and career in Natural Resources. After receiving his BS in Biology, Ali received an MS in Conservation Ecology from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan. Currently, he is a PhD student in Evolutionary and Organismal Biology, with an emphasis on Aquatic Ecology, at Wayne State University. Ali enjoys discussing fish biology and ecology, fish behavior, invasive species, food web disruptions, and other non-biological factors including the effect of wind, weather, and waves on fish locations. His ability to link scientific concepts and research to common fishing situations, in understandable language, has made him a popular draw at fishing clubs, boat/fishing shows, and meetings such as the National Professional Anglers Association Annual Meeting.
His current partnerships include: Warrior Boats, Mercury Marine, Lowrance Electronics, Fishhawk Electronics, Denali Rods, AFTCO Freshwater, Erie Marine Sales, Offshore Tackle, Airwave Pedestals, Recon Fishing Systems, Sunline, and Worldwide Marine Insurance