Yamaha Marine Group signs deals with six pro anglers

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Yamaha Marine Group said it has added anglers Jordan and Matt Lee, Hunter Blane, Zach Axtman, Scott Rhodes and Troy Creasy to its Pro Team for the 2018 season.

The new members will compete in bass and walleye professional tournaments and will be ambassadors for the Yamaha Marine brand throughout the year. Yamaha also said 11-year pro team member Bill Lowen will partner with Xpress Boats in 2018.

“We are thrilled to welcome this outstanding group to the Yamaha Pro Fishing family,” David Ittner, tournament, sponsorship and pro staff manager for the Yamaha Marine Group, said in a statement. “These are incredibly talented anglers who share Yamaha’s high standards of sportsmanship and ethics. They will make great additions to our team and we look forward to an exceptional 2018 season.”

Jordan Lee is the 2017 Bassmaster Classic winner and a B.A.S.S. Elite angler. The 26-year-old from Grant, Ala., has been fishing professionally for four years and has had 19 top-10 finishes and 25 top 20 finishes. His brother Matt, of Guntersville, Ala., is also a B.A.S.S. Elite angler.

Bland will represent Yamaha during Bassmaster Eastern Open tournaments in 2018. He is a 2017 graduate of the University of Florida.

Axtman and Rhodes join Yamaha Marine’s Pro Walleye team, fishing the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, Cabela’s National Walleye Tour and the Angler’s Insight Marketing Pro Walleye Series.

Creasy, a professional Northeastern guide, also will join the Yamaha Multi-Species Pro Fishing team this year.