VIDEO: Raymarine angler wins Bassmaster tourney

Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., won the March 19-22 Sabine River Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.

Raymarine, the “new kids on the block” in the freshwater space, is seeing the fruits of its efforts as the group’s pros have won several Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments.

Most recently, Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., won the March 19-22 Sabine River Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, earning him a spot in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic next year.

“We are the new kids on the block in the freshwater space, and Chris Lane has been with us for just under two years,” Raymarine marketing director Jim Hands said in an email. “We are pretty excited that we went from zero to several winning elite pros in such a short time.”

“My Raymarine gear really kept me dialed-in,” Lane, who led wire to wire, said in a statement. “I was running through fog, creeks, shipping channels, and my Raymarine system guided me to good water all weekend.”

Early morning fog, heavy rain, muddy canals and commercial ship traffic proved problematic for the anglers. The tidal influence of the Gulf of Mexico was also a huge factor that Lane exploited with some local knowledge and help from his electronics. Lane had predicted there would be a one-hour window on opening day to score big and jump to an early lead, which proved correct.

“The tide chart on my Raymarine was fantastic,” Lane said in a statement to “With tidal water, there are times to really capitalize. Those windows are very short. But when you find what really works on a certain fishery during that hour window that you have, you can really put some good fish in the boat.”


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