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Ranger Boats signs on as fishing tourney sponsor

The Central Pro Am Tournament Association, which produces bass fishing tournaments, announced Ranger Boats as the official boat sponsor for the 2011 tournament season.

"We are ecstatic," Central Pro Am owner Jim Thompson said in a statement. "Ranger Boats and Central Pro Am have a storied history of success in the Midwest and the opportunity to join forces again will mean great things for both organizations and our anglers."

Ranger Boats, based in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of fiberglass fishing boats.

"We're fortunate to have such a longstanding partnership with Central Pro Am," said Bart Schad, Ranger vice president of marketing, in a statement. "They do a great job for anglers in the Midwest and provide an excellent fit for Ranger Boats. We're really looking forward to the 2011 season."

The new agreement with Ranger Boats comes on the heels of another recent agreement with longtime former Central Pro Am sponsor Mercury Marine.

"Bringing these longtime Central Pro Am sponsors back on board ensures our commitment to our anglers, our sport and the future," Thompson said.

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