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Berkley
Berkley Announces Pro Team For 2013

31-Member Bass Pro Team Includes Classic Champs, AOYs, ROY

by Kevin Jarnagin / Blue Heron Communications
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(Feb. 13, 2013 - COLUMBIA, S.C.)...

Berkley announced today the bass fishing professional bass angler team for 2013. Included on the list are Bassmaster Classic Champions, FLW Champions, Anglers of the Year and the last three B.A.S.S. Rookies of the Year winners.

The team includes 31 professional bass anglers competing in B.A.S.S. Elite Series, B.A.S.S. Opens, FLW tournaments and PAA events. Added to the team is Larry Draughn, a former U.S. Marine Corporal injured while on patrol in Afghanistan, losing both legs and two fingers in his right hand. Draughn will be angling in the B.A.S.S. Open tournaments from a custom bass boat designed to aid his maneuverability.

"Anglers across the country look to our Berkley team to learn the newest fish catching techniques," said Chris Hockley, Berkley Marketing Manager. "We also listen closely to what our anglers have to say as their input helps us create new baits and line. We are extremely proud of our team, their accomplishments and their influences and are looking forward to a great year."

On the Berkley team of fishing pros are past Classic Champions Mike Iaconelli , Paul Elias, Skeet Reese and reigning champion Chris Lane. Iaconelli, Gary Klein and Reese have also earned B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year awards. Brandon Card was the 2012 B.A.S.S. Rookie of the Year; Ott Defoe won the award in 2011 and Bradley Roy hoisted the same in 2010. Scott Suggs is a former FLW Cup champion.

The Berkley bass pros will be representing the various brands throughout the year on the tournament trails and in promotional endeavors. In addition, these anglers provide invaluable input into the development of new fishing products.

Representing Berkley in the B.A.S.S. Elite Series:

  • Ashley Casey
  • Brandon Card
  • Josh Bertrand
  • Ott Defoe
  • Paul Elias
  • Charlie Hartley
  • Mike Iaconelli
  • Gary Klein
  • Bobby Lane
  • Bill Lowen
  • Britt Myers
  • Brandon Palaniuk
  • Keith Poche
  • Jason Quinn
  • Skeet Reese
  • Marty Robinson
  • Scott Rook
  • Bradley Roy
  • Fletcher Shryock
  • Michael Simonton
Fishing in the B.A.S.S. Opens, FLW tournaments and PAA events:
  • Guy Eaker
  • Byron Velvick
  • Glenn Brown
  • Scott Canterbury
  • Clay Dyer
  • Larry Draughn
  • Mark Goines
  • J T Kenny
  • Justin Lucus
  • Jacob Powroznik
  • Scott Suggs

About Pure Fishing, Inc.
Pure Fishing, Inc. is a leading global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels with a portfolio of brands that includes Abu Garcia, All Star, Berkley, Fenwick, Gulp!, Mitchell, Penn, Pflueger, Sebile, SevenStrand, Shakespeare, SpiderWire, Stren, Trilene and Ugly Stik. With operations in 19 countries and a dedicated workforce conversant in 28 languages, Pure Fishing, Inc. is part of Jarden Outdoor Solutions, a leader in developing outdoor and active lifestyle products and a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation. Additional information can be found atthe purefishing website.

About Jarden Corporation
Jarden Corporation is a leading provider of a diverse range of consumer products with a portfolio of over 100 trusted, quality brands sold globally. Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well recognized brands, including: Outdoor Solutions: Abu Garcia, Aero, Berkley, Campingaz and Coleman, ExOfficio, Fenwick, Gulp!, Invicta, K2, Marker, Marmot, Mitchell, Penn, Rawlings, Shakespeare, Stearns, Stren, Trilene, Volkl and Zoot; Consumer Solutions: Bionaire, Breville, Crock-Pot, FoodSaver, Health o meter, Holmes, Mr. Coffee, Oster, Patton, Rival, Seal-a-Meal, Sunbeam, VillaWare and White Mountain; and Branded Consumables: Ball, Bee, Bernardin, Bicycle, Billy Boy, Crawford, Diamond, Dicon, Fiona, First Alert, First Essentials, Hoyle, Kerr, Lehigh, Lillo, Loew Cornell, Mapa, NUK, Pine Mountain, Quickie, Spontex and Tigex. Headquartered in Rye, N.Y., Jarden ranks #371 on the Fortune 500 and has over 23,000 employees worldwide. For in-depth information about Jarden, please visit the jarden website.

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