Lee has been Fishing tournaments for about 15 years and is an all-around sportsman. Lee fished B.A.S.S, FLW Professional Circuit, the Florida Bass Federation, Redman Series and several Florida based tours. Lee is also an avid hunter, scuba dives, spearfishes and bowfishes. Lee and his wife Dawn, lost their oldest child to Leukemia in 2005, making Pediatric causes and youth in the outdoors very important to the family. Lee and Dawn have been married since January 8, 2000.
Dawn has worked in media for 25 years, as the Marketing Director of ABC TV in Tampa, and having dabbled in both sales and brokered programming through many companies including, Beasley Broadcast, iHeartRadio, and Cox Radio. In 2010, Dawn asked company, (iHeartRadio), to allow her to teach her husband the ins and outs of the business and produce an outdoor radio show revolved around fishing and hunting, and so an hour time slot became available on air on WDAE AM. This is where it all started. After Dawn left iHeartRadio, Dawn contacted long time friend, Sue Campbell at Cox Radio and was able to secure a 3 hour deal with 102.5 the Bone, WHPT FM. In 2017, Dawn negotiated a contract with the Pursuit Channel. In 2018, after Lee was told he would lose his time period, Dawn reached out to her 20 year friend, Bill Diaz at NBC and was able to secure Lee airtime. Lee continued filming while Dawn edited the TV show, and handled show content and some commercial spots, graphic design and imaging of the show, as well as securing nearly all partnerships and sponsors. Dawn was also responsible for all marketing of the show. Dawn is an Executive Producer and can be reached at email@example.com for additional business opportunities.
The couple have two other children, Corbin and Kennedy Cepero. There are several people who have been a tremendous cause of the success of the show:
Pete Petriw, John Gunter, Mark Odom, Chris O'Neill, Brittany Rodriguez, Chris Wirt, Jonathon Swindle, Thom Buck, Rachel Cobbe Nato, Lori Deaton, Kelly Wissing, Kevin Wissing, Robert Ross, Stephen Ross, Hannah Granger, Ty Roth and Pam Wirth. (apologies if anyone has been forgotten)
Additionally, the following people are also to thank for their time on the air or their commitment to the show: Sam Acree, Carmen Ferroni, Sue Campbell, Lindsay Gunter, Allyson Lopez, Jason and Jacob Meder, DeeDee Acree, KC Cusic, Billy Cusic, Monte Goodman, Mike Bedenbaugh, Martin Bozeman, RJ Huss, Chris Hancock, Bob Burmaster, Mike Mezrah and Kevin Westlund and many others who supported the show and gave their time, money and energy to support the show.
Thank you for your support and also to those not listed, including family members and the family members of all past co-hosts who supported Trophy Taker Outdoors, as well as sponsors.
Lee and Dawn also started Jr. League Fishing, which is a new TV show that will air in 2019/2020 which will award scholarships to youth anglers