Zak Catchem is not your ordinary fisherman. He is a master of the art of catching exotic and rare fish, from the giant arapaima in the Amazon to the elusive coelacanth in the Indian Ocean. He travels the world with his trusty rod and reel, documenting his adventures on his popular YouTube channel, Catch Em All Fishing, which has 4M subscribers.
But Zak is not just a globetrotter. He is also one of the younger cast members of the reality TV series, Swamp People, where he showcases his skill and courage in hunting alligators in the Louisiana bayou. While most of his fellow hunters are well and beyond 40, Zak is 32 years old. However, he is by no means a greenhorn. Even though experience counts a lot in gator hunting, so does skill, and Zak is one of the skilled gator hunters in the business. In this article, we will explore the life of Zak Catchem from his childhood to present day.
Who indeed is Zak Catchem?
Zak Cacthem is an American professional fisherman, reality television actor, and content creator. He has appeared in History Channel’s reality television shows such as Swamp People and Swamp People: Serpent Invasion. And, as a content creator on YouTube, he has a large dedicated fan base on his channel Catch_Em_All_Fishing where he shares videos of his fishing adventures, tips, tricks, and other fishing-related content.
Zak Bagby was born on the 1st of November 1990 in Florida, USA. He is the son of William A Bagby and his mother Melinda D Bagby. Zak shares an Indian descent on his father’s side. From a young age, Zak fell in love with fishing and participated in several fishing competitions. In 2004, a 14-year-old Zak won the junior fishing competition hosted by The International Game Fish Association. Zak has revealed very little about himself and hasn’t disclosed much about his academic background.
Zak Catchem’s professional career is mainly related to fishing and hunting. He started his career as a Youtuber in 2016 and created a channel called Catch Em All Fishing with Zak Catch em which covers a wide range of fishing topics and features videos of Zak fishing in various locations around the world. He posts videos of him catching different kinds of fish, sometimes with his friends or family members. He also does some challenges, experiments, and tutorials related to fishing. He has more than 4 million subscribers and 1 Billion views on his YouTube channel as of April 2023. Alongside YouTube, Zak also has a huge fan following on Facebook and Instagram. He has an Instagram account with 256k followers, where he shares pictures and stories of his catches and travels. He also has a Facebook page with 563k followers, where he posts some of his YouTube videos and updates
Zak Catchem’s television career is mainly based on his participation in the History Channel’s reality shows. He is known for Swamp People: Serpent Invasion (2020-2023), Swamp People (2019-2022), and Swamp Mysteries with Troy Landry (2018). He plays himself as a pro fisherman and hunter in these shows. He joined Swamp People in season 10 after being invited by his friend Joey Edgar and made 42 episode appearances until 2023. He had to learn how to hunt alligators and other animals in the swamp. On the set, Zak is ever handy with the gun and pairs up with veteran gator hunter Joey Edgar.
He is also one of the contestants of the show’s spin-off series, Swamp People: Serpent Invasion, which focuses on hunting invasive Burmese pythons in Florida. Zak has made 14 episode appearances from 2020 to 2023.
As of 2023, Zak has an estimated net worth of USD 2 million. With his professional career going strong the number is expected to increase in the future.
Zak Catchem has been involved in some controversies due to his fishing and hunting activities. He was accused of illegally killing an iguana and posting a video of it on his YouTube channel. He claimed that he was doing a public service by removing an invasive species from Florida, but some animal rights activists and wildlife officials disagreed. He was also criticized for using a chicken as bait to catch a fish in another video. Some people found his videos cruel, unethical, and disrespectful to animals. He defended himself by saying that he was following the laws and regulations of his state and that he was passionate about fishing and hunting.
Wife and Kids:
Zak Catchem does not have a wife or kids, but he has been through his fair share of relationships. He was in a relationship with Selena, seemingly an Instagram model. The relationship between the pair looked serious as such she had named her Instagram Handle under the username @catchembae. She also accompanied him during his different fishing exploits. Also, Zak took to Instagram to profess his love and wish her during her birthday. The post since has been deleted which read:
He was previously dating a lady named Kelly Young in 2019, but it is not clear when they broke up or why.
Zak has a muscular and athletic build with a brown complexion and a stature of 5 feet 8 inches. He has brown eyes and black hair. He likes to wear casual and comfortable clothes, such as T-shirts, shorts, jeans, and hats. He also wears sunglasses, gloves, and boots when he goes fishing or hunting.
Here are some trivia facts about Zak Catchem:
He was born on November 1, 1990, which makes him a Scorpio.
His real name is Zak Bagby and he adopted Catchem as his last name.
He has been fishing since he was young and he won a fishing tournament when he was 14 years old.
He is a lure designer and product developer for new fishing equipment.
He joined the Swamp People reality series in 2019 after being invited by his friend Joey Edgar.
He is one of the youngest cast members of Swamp People and he is known for his sharpshooting skills.