Supporting an important and positive growth trend in fishing, Yamaha Marine signed 15-year old bass angler Andy Ortega to its Pro Fishing Team.
“Fishing among teen anglers is growing exponentially,” said Hank Weldon, Manager for B.A.S.S. for College, High School and Youth. “Based on Facebook ‘fans,’ state data and ongoing registrations, we expect the numbers of bass anglers aged 13-18 to easily triple by the end of the year, possibly even more,” he added.
“Adding Andy to our Pro Team gives us the opportunity to connect with high school anglers as they continue to grow and establish themselves as future pros,” said David Ittner, to Tournament and Pro Staff Manager, Yamaha Marine Group. “Andy’s enthusiasm and dedication for the sport caught our attention through his interactions with Yamaha on Facebook. His fishing ability and maturity extend well beyond his years, and we are proud to support Andy’s dream of becoming a bass pro angler.”
Ortega, from Odessa, Tex., has been fishing since he was eight years old and is a member of the Texas Bass Federation and TBF High School Fishing. Since 2008, he has been a finalist or winner in numerous Texas B.A.S.S. Federation and Bassmaster CastingKids® championships. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, Ortega earned B.A.S.S. “Angler of the Year” titles from TBF for his region and age group. In 2010, Ortega also captured the Texas State “Catch and Release” Record in both Junior and Adult categories with a 10-pound, 28″ largemouth bass.
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