Professional bass fishing sponsors continue to lead the way in making bass fishing a part of our national consciousness.
Professional fishing and sponsorship are inseparable; they are everywhere you look. Between the MLF and BASS tours, we can see nearly every top brand in the fishing industry coming together on shirts, backdrops and boats to make a name for themselves.
Since before the days when Lauri Rapala sculpted his first “Original Floater”, anglers have searched for the next big thing that would help get fish in the boat.
These prestigious and modern angling equipment companies have put our fishing-hungry little hands on some of the best baits, rod and reel combos, electronics and everything else we can think of to make our fishing experience even better. and more successful.
And the best part? The most successful of these brands have become so thanks to their quality equipment and by gaining the confidence of professional fishermen around the world. Now is the time to pay tribute to the brands that keep us on the water, and with a full breeding ground.
All these logos
When I was a young boy watching the very few fishing shows available on TV, it seemed like 10 minutes of fishing and 20 minutes of advertising for the brands sponsoring the show. And that estimate wouldn’t be too far off. The fact is, without the sponsorships, there would have been exactly no fishing shows on TV!
While the same goes for the few hunting shows and other outdoor shows that have hit the airwaves, we’ve come a long way since those days.
There are plenty of good peaches that cable and network television, not to mention streaming, has to offer. Even the biggest pro tournaments of the season can be viewed in high definition, live or in near real time, and we’re actually excited to see what these fishing brands have in store to help us get as good as we can. like our favorite professional fisherman.
The most enterprising anglers are sponsored, ideally by things they use and trust, and they are eager to mention them while vying for tournament victories on the professional circuits.
It’s true that the best angling tackle manufacturers have their names adorned alongside Bassmaster and MLF, not to mention the FLW. When the name of the game is to create and market gear that works, looks good, or meets a need in the angling community, these brands have found ways to stay at the top of the list.
LOW lists as sponsors some of the most touted brands you can think of including Toyota, Berkley, Talon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Ranger Boats, Abu Garcia, Yamaha and supporting sponsors HUK, Carhartt, Mossy Oak, Rapala and Nationwide.
For the MLF and FLW is a who’s who of sponsors such as Abu Garcia, Bally, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, General Tire, Lowrance, Mercury, Toyota, Toro, Googan Baits, Power Pole, YETI, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Federal, Sig Sauer, Rapala, Strike King and many more.
Big Names Attached to Big Names
Listing the sponsorships of all professional fishermen would be far too exhaustive. Instead, we’ll limit things to a few recognizable individuals and consistent brand names. The four best current anglers in the MLF are some of the best and brightest names in professional fishing.
Jordan Lee is currently sponsored by: Berkley, Abu Garcia, Ranger, Yamaha, Lowrance, Carhartt, TH Marine, Native Kayak, Yakima.
Jacob Wheeler has deals with: Academy Sports+Outdoors, Realtree Fishing, Googan Baits, Duckett Fishing, Toyota, Rapala, 13 Fishing, Triton Boats, Wiley X, Igloo Coolers, frogg toggs, Wieda’s Marine, VMC, Sufix, Magellan, Bob’s Machine Shop.
Bryan Thrift has signed sponsorships with: Fitzgerald, Abu Garcia, P-Line, Damiki, Berkeley, Minn Kota, Sportsmans Warehouse, HUK, TH Marine, Costa, Z-Man, Relion Batteries, Baitfuel, Plano.
Kevin VanDam is a representative of these brands: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Strike King, Lew’s, Nitro, Mercury, Humminbird, Minn-Kota, Mustad, YETI, TH Marine, Mossy Oak, Thermacell, Plano, Costa.
On the bassmaster On the other hand, today’s best anglers chain tournament after tournament and pledge their allegiance to even more big brands.
David Mullins went with: Shimano, Frogg Toggs, Bass Mafia Tackle, Doomsday Tackle Company, Nichols Lures, Power Pole, and more.
John Cox has current sponsorships with: Berkley, Abu Garcia, Crestliner, Leupold, Mercury, Simms, and more.
Micah Frazier is a representative of brands such as: Mercury, Frazier Fishing, Coca Cola, Gamakatzu, Lowrance, Ranger, etc.
Stetson Blaylock has signed agreements with companies such as: Booyah, Magellan Outdoors, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Gamakatsu, RealTree Fishing, Seaguar, etc.
As you can see, sponsorships from these elite pros are of the utmost importance to anglers and the public. Without these deals, a competitor’s jersey might look a little less like a billboard, but we might not have realized the brands, gear and gear we know and love.
This is something that even the founders of competitive fishing knew and took advantage of. Go back as far as you want, to Roland Martin, Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston and others. The fact remains that these great anglers needed sponsorship to get started, and the rest of us are arguably better bass anglers for that.