Garmin today announced it has added 20 professional bass anglers to its 2017 marine pro team. The new additions will round out the Garmin team of 70 professional bass, walleye and crappie fishermen who will be representing the marine electronics company in tournament circuits across North America, including the B.A.S.S. Elite Series and FLW Tour.
“For the past several years, Garmin has continued to attract elite anglers from across the country,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “They’ve taken notice of the quality of our products, our innovative technology, and the reliability of our service in the field, and they’ve made the decision to switch to Garmin because of that proven track record. We couldn’t be prouder of the team representing Garmin in the inland fishing industry and we look forward to celebrating their many successes this year.”
The new Garmin pro bass anglers include:
> FLW Tour: Luke Dunkin, Anthony Gagliardi, Bradley Hallman, Jamie Horton, Shane Lehew, Billy McCaghren, Darrel Robertson, Bryan Schmitt, Peter Thliveros and Andrew Upshaw
> B.A.S.S.: Paul Elias, Jeff Kriet, Alton Jones Jr., Alton Jones Sr., Justin McClelland, Mark Menendez, Chad Morgenthaler, Brock Mosley, David Mullins and Keith Poche.
They join the dozens of world-class professional fishermen already running Garmin electronics on the tournament trail, including Jason Christie (two-time Elite Series champion), Greg Hackney (2014 Bassmaster Angler of the Year), Chris Johnston (2016 FLW Rookie of the Year), Jason Lambert (2014 FLW Rookie of the Year), Scott Martin (2015 FLW Angler of the Year), Andy Morgan (three-time FLW Angler of the Year) as well as bass fishing’s elder statesman and ambassador Bill Dance.
The 2017 pro team will use Garmin electronics on their boats and during tournaments, television shows, and in public appearances. They’ll be equipped with detailed lake maps and best-in-class electronics and technology, including the National Marine Electronics Association award-winning GPSMAP 7600xsv series chartplotters ranging in size from eight to 16 inches, and the Garmin Panoptix PS-21-TR all-seeing sonar.