February 21, 2020- Industry giants SPRO and Gamakatsu have added to their stable of top BASS Elite Series pros. Joining the ranks of the SPRO and Gamakatsu pro teams will be anglers Derek Hudnall, Garrett Paquette, Ed Loughran, Brett Pruitt, Harvey Horne, Chris Johnston, and Cory Johnston.
Elite pros Brian Schmidt, Chris Johnston, and Cory Johnston will be joining the SPRO contingency. Changes to pro bass fishing tournaments in recent years have provided opportunities for anglers like these waiting to strut their stuff. Many are young, talented, enthusiastic anglers that have been waiting their whole lives for a chance to be in the spotlight. Their budding relationships with SPRO and Gamakatsu represent another step in their climb to the top of the bass fishing pinnacle. SPRO and Gamakatsu welcome them to their family and their elite team of anglers.
The Bassmaster Elite Series is the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments. Competitors must qualify for the series through the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens or the B.A.S.S. Nation, and anglers who are already on the Elite Series must re-qualify each year by maintaining enough points throughout the season. The pro anglers compete all season for the opportunity to win points toward the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year award and to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic.
We are Sports Professionals. SPRO works with America’s best anglers to design the world’s finest fishing tackle. Using cutting edge technology and innovation, SPRO leads the way in developing the highest quality premium fishing equipment available.
From humble beginnings as Japan’s smallest fishing hook manufacturer in 1955, Gamakatsu® Ltd has evolved to become the world’s preeminent hook manufacturer. Over the years, manufacturing upgrades and cutting-edge innovations have fueled Gamakatsu® USA’s rise as a top producer of fishing hooks, apparel, and fishing related items. When anglers purchase Gamakatsu® hooks, they are buying an original product made exclusively by Gamakatsu®. Gamakatsu® is constantly testing new materials and striving to improve their products, which already sets the standard for the rest of the industry.