Meet Our Pro Staff & Brand Ambassadors
Katie (Ferrari) Backa
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Katie [aka “Kat”] fell in love with angling as a young
teenager. Growing up, Katie was a bank-angler, hiking and camping along the lakes, creeks, and rivers of
southwestern Pennsylvania, primarily in search of black bass and trout. Throughout high school, Katie was an
accomplished marksman on the varsity rifle team, first-chair flautist, enthusiastic softball player, and high-kicking
Rockette. After graduating high school, Katie became a first responder in the emergency medical services
and technical rescue fields, eventually leading to her voluntary deployment to Hurricane Katrina to serve as the
Logistics Chief of the Pennsylvania EMS Strike Team.
In 2018, Katie married her childhood sweetheart, Ryan, relocated to Little Elm, Texas, and graduated
Cum Laude from La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Leadership and
Administrative Development, and a minor in Business Management. In August of 2018, Katie entered her very
first local kayak bass fishing tournament; and by November of 2018, Katie had won her first tournament, and
was asked to join the Angler’s Pro Tackle & Outdoors Company pro-staff fishing team.
Katie can be found on the water, perfecting her techniques, and documenting her catches, roughly 40
hours per week. After moving to Texas, in the last four months of 2018, Katie caught an impressive five fish
stringer of largemouth bass, totaling 30.4 pounds and 111.75 inches. When she’s not on the water, Katie can
usually be found at home with Ryan and their two enormous, lovable Saint Bernards, Moose and Doc,
organizing fishing gear, painting, writing, interacting with the angling community via social media, and working
on her website www.FishLikeAKat.com.