26-Member Bass Pro Team Includes Classic Champs, AOYs, ROYs

Abu Garcia announced today the bass fishing professional angler team for 2013. Included on the list are Bassmaster Classic Champions, FLW Champions, Anglers of the Year and the 2010 and 2011 B.A.S.S. Rookies of the Year.

The 26-member team will be competing in the B.A.S.S. Elite Series, B.A.S.S. Opens, FLW tournaments and PAA events. Newcomers to the Abu Garcia lineup are Fletcher Shryock, Keith Poche, Josh Bertrand and Larry Draughn.

Draughn is a former U.S. Marine Corporal injured in Afganistan, losing both legs and two fingers in his right hand. Draughn will be angling in the B.A.S.S. Open tournaments from a custom bass boat designed to aid his maneuverability on the water.

“The Abu Garcia pro team is our face to the millions of anglers across North America,” said Andrew Wheeler, Abu Garcia Business Manager. “This audience closely follows the tournament triumphs of these tremendous fishermen to learn more about fishing techniques these pro anglers successfully use. In addition, these anglers provide invaluable information to our engineers as we develop new products.”

The latest additions to the Abu Garcia team join an illustrious group of fishing pros including former Classic Champion Mike Iaconelli and reigning champion Chris Lane. Iaconelli has also earned B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year awards. Ott Defoe was a B.A.S.S. Rookie of the Year award winner. Scott Suggs and Brent Ehler are former FLW Cup champions.

The complete list of Abu Garcia pros follows:

Fishing B.A.S.S. Elite Series:

  • Josh Bertrand (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Ott Defoe (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Charlie Hartley (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Mike Iaconelli (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Jeff Kriet (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Bobby Lane (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Chris Lane (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Bill Lowen (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Brandon Palaniuk (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Keith Poche (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Jason Quinn(Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Scott Rook (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Bradley Roy (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Fletcher Shryock (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Byron Velvick (Abu Garcia Reels)

Fishing B.A.S.S. Opens, FLW tournaments and PAA events:

  • Guy Eaker (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Scott Canterbury (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Clay Dyer (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Larry Draughn (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Brent Ehler (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Mark Goines (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Brett Hite (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Justin Lucus (Abu Garcia Reels)
  • Jacob Powroznik (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)
  • Scott Suggs (Abu Garcia Rods and Reels)

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