OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today announced the addition of 21 professional 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 Garmin 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” Tweet this “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 anglers include: Jimmy Bell (Walleye); Luke Dunkin (FLW); Paul Elias (B.A.S.S.); Anthony Gagliardi (FLW); Jeff Kriet (B.A.S.S.); Bradley Hallman (FLW); Jamie Horton (FLW); Alton Jones Jr. (B.A.S.S.); Alton Jones Sr. (B.A.S.S.); Shane Lehew (FLW); Billy McCaghren (FLW); Justin McClelland (B.A.S.S.); Mark Menendez (B.A.S.S.); Chad Morgenthaler (B.A.S.S.); Brock Mosley (B.A.S.S.); David Mullins (B.A.S.S.); Keith Poche (B.A.S.S.); Darrel Robertson (FLW); Bryan Schmitt (FLW); Peter Thliveros (FLW); and Andrew Upshaw (FLW). The new anglers bring many impressive accolades to the Garmin team, including previous Bassmaster Classic wins by Alton Jones Sr. and Paul Elias.
Photo by: Gary Tramontina - The 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series almost started without one of the icons of bass fishing, but through a new exemption, Paul Elias will be competing.
Elias, of Laurel, began competing in the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, commonly known as BASS, in 1979. In 1982 he won the Bassmaster Classic on the Alabama River and has been fishing in the Elite Series since its inception in 2006. During the 2016 season, however, his standing suffered, and he failed to gain enough Angler of the Year points to qualify for next season. But he gets another shot.
The Legends Exemption was introduced for the coming season and adds two positions to the field, which totals 111 for 2017. Because of Elias' 1982 Classic victory, he qualified.
"You have to have won a Classic or an Angler of the Year to qualify, or both," Elias said. "I was surprised they did it.
"I was really worried. It's not great that I didn't qualify (through points), but I'm glad to be able to fish. It shows appreciation for my career."
RELATED NEWS: Illegal deer carcass import cases mounting
In his 38-year career with BASS, Elias has fished 358 tournaments, has 80 Top 20 finishes and has appeared in the Classic 16 times. In that time, he's weighed in more than 8,688 pounds of fish.
Elias also holds the record for the most pounds weighed in a BASS tournament with 132 pounds, 8 ounces during a four-day tournament in 2008 on Falcon Lake in Texas.
Because of the exemption, fans will have a chance to see Elias compete on Ross Barnett Reservoir during the April 27-30, 2017 Elite Series tournament. Elias said although he's looking forward to competing in his home state, he doesn't feel he has a home-state advantage.
"I'm not as schooled on Barnett as I should be," Elias said. "When I fished it, I was in a 12-foot aluminum boat with a 9.9 (horsepower motor) and a sculling paddle." Full Story
Sunday through Wednesday...that's when you learn not about the competitor, but about the man. I believe that if you want to know where a man is going...you need to know where it is he's been.
Sunday through Wednesday...when the stories of their lives are told.
And yesterday, Tuesday, my roommate Paul Elias told me of a man, a neighbor, whose kindness may have forever changed Paul's life. Here's that story.
Paul, Patrick and myself want to thank you for the two day in depth fishing lessons. These are two days we will never forget. From the time we arrived at your cabin for breakfast you made us feel welcome and at home. We hit the water and begin catching fish. You would sit down for a while, we couldn't catch any fish, you would get a rod and bam you showed us again one behind another. My biggest fish was 7 lbs 9 oz. You shared a lot with us and we will be forever greatful for learning from a legend. I would do it again and would not change a thing.
Thanks again Paul for a wonderful time.
Wayne Gant and Patrick Currie
In Depth Fishing Lessons Click Here
Thanks again, Frank
In Depth Fishing Lessons Click Here