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Shimano announces 2019 pro staff

Shimano announces 2019 pro staff

With the professional bass fishing circuits having kicked off or about to kick off their 2019 seasons, Shimano released the list of top professionals who will be utilizing its products this season. Nearly 20 anglers across the three major trails will be affiliated with some or all of the Shimano brands.

“All of us at Shimano are excited to be working with and providing exceptional tackle to some of the best bass anglers both in the U.S. and Canada,” said Kurt Mazurek with Shimano North American Fishing, Inc. “With 2019 being an interesting year for the pro-level bass fishing trails, we are anxious to watch how the three major circuits can generate more interest in bass fishing, and in turn, push Shimano to always be a leader in fishing tackle technology.”

Here's a breakdown of what anglers will be using which products:

> Bassmaster Elite Series: Shimano & G. Loomis rods/Shimano reels/PowerPro/Jackall Lures – Jeff Gustafson, Chris Johnston, Cory Johnston. Shimano rods and reels – Keith Combs, Brett Preuett, Bernie Schultz, Greg Dipalma and Ed Loughran. Shimano reels – Clent Davis.

> FLW Tour: Shimano & G. Loomis Rods/Shimano reels/PowerPro – Alex Davis, Josh Douglas. Shimano reels – Brandon McMillan.

> Bass Pro Tour: Shimano rods and reels – James Elam. Shimano & G. Loomis Rods/Shimano reels – David Walker, Jonathon VanDam. G. Loomis rods and Shimano reels – Luke Clausen. Shimano reels – Aaron Martens.

As the professional bass fishing tours kick off their 2019 seasons, there are both established anglers and rising stars ready to show off their skills using the latest in Shimano tackle, G. Loomis rods, PowerPro braided line, and Jackall bass baits.

“We have long-time pros who continue to show they know their way around just about any lake, anglers just starting their professional fishing careers, and a solid group with plenty of experience who can easily be at the top of the leaderboard at any of the tournaments,” Mazurek added. “Having them use Shimano rods and reels, G. Loomis rods, PowerPro braid and Jackall lures at the events helps us prove the tackle’s durability, performance and fish-catching features to the hundreds of thousands of bass anglers who follow pro bass fishing. We look forward to all the upcoming events from B.A.S.S., FLW and MLF.”

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