AFTCO to sponsor Bassmaster Elite event

Author:
Publish date:
AFTCO-sponsored angler Garrett Paquette backs his boat in the water during the 2019 Elite event on St. Johns River. Photo by James Overstreet for B.A.S.S.

AFTCO-sponsored angler Garrett Paquette backs his boat in the water during the 2019 Elite event on St. Johns River. Photo by James Overstreet for B.A.S.S.

American Fishing Tackle Co. has signed on as the title sponsor for the 2020 Bassmaster Elite St. John’s River event to be held Feb. 6-9 in Palatka, Fla.

“Both brands have a long history focused on both conservation and growing the sport of bass fishing, and our enthusiastic fans are the perfect audience for AFTCO to promote their gear and clothing,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin in a statement.

AFTCO president Casey Shedd said it was great to partner with B.A.S.S. the year they celebrate the 50th Bassmaster Classic.

“In an industry where clothing and tackle companies are increasingly encroached upon by private equity firms looking to maximize short term profits over quality, B.A.S.S. is a heritage organization that, like AFTCO, is ultimately owned and operated by a family business that prioritizes long-term thinking,” said Shedd.

As part of the festivities at the Bassmaster Outdoors Expo, fans can enjoy live music, kids’ activities, angler clinics and opportunities to meet the pros prior to weigh-in.

More than 9,350 fans attended last year’s tournament on the St. Johns, during which angler Rick Clunn caught 34 pounds, 14 ounces, to come from behind and win. 

Related

Yamaha Rightwaters To Launch Trash Interceptor

Developed in conjunction with the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, the device is designed to remove debris from waterways before it reaches the ocean.

Vessel Vanguard Releases Latest Management Platforms

The company upgraded the features, functionality and security of its suite of maintenance management programs.

Cox Marine Appoints COO

Gavin Wesson will oversee the continued development of the company’s diesel outboard.

Netherlands Eases Covid Measures as Metstrade Approaches

The moves by the Dutch government open up travel prior to the show, which is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 at RAI Amsterdam.

Coming to America

Swedish electric boat builder X Shore has established a North American sales office in Newport, R.I.

Registration Opens for ABYC Standards Week

Scheduled for Jan. 10-14, the conference includes sessions to review current and new standards, the group’s annual meeting and the Marine Law Symposium.

New Initiatives To Push Boating Safety

The Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida and Discover Boating are promoting on-water safety, one in a digital format and and one analog.