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Jeff Sprague hooks up with Elite Anglr team

Jeff Sprague hooks up with Elite Anglr team

Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour competitor Jeff Sprague has joined the Elite Anglr Athlete program to provide his expertise on clothing and help promote the apparel company’s products.

The Texas pro helped spearhead a clothing line for one of his sponsors, which gave him some insight on choosing a fishing apparel company offering quality products. “Those guys (Elite Anglr co-owners Al McCulloch and Donny Wilson) have a great concept and a great clothing line and outdoor weather gear,” Sprague said. “That is what really attracted me was the outdoor weather gear. It is priced right and is a cool brand.”

Prior to joining the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour, Sprague competed for five years on the FLW Tour. He qualified for five FLW Cups and recorded 15 Top 10 finishes in FLW events.

Al McCulloch said Sprague was chosen to be part of the Elite Anglr family for several reasons. “Jeff is a veteran and former police officer and we admire and want those types of individuals representing the Elite Anglr lifestyle,” McCulloch said. “Life is about family and giving back and no one does it better than Jeff. He has worked hard to become a professional angler and that passion is also found in his family life. I remember there was a great shot of Jeff and his son last year on the tour when they were on the deck of his boat for morning prayer before the launch. The picture captured everything you need to know about Jeff.”

“Jeff is all about service,” McCulloch said. “As a veteran he sacrificed for this great country. As a police officer he swore to protect others. Jeff continues to carry these qualities into his professional angling life and family life. We are extremely honored that he has agreed to represent Elite Anlgr for years to come.”

Elite Anglr incorporates two sponsorship programs for anglers: Elite Anglr Athlete and Elite Anglr Family. The Athlete program includes MLF pros, Bassmaster Elite Series pros, FLW Tour pros, Costa and BFL anglers and competitors from regional circuits such as Anglers in Action, Alabama Bass Trail and Texas Team Trail. The Family program helps to develop and sponsor middle school, high school and college anglers.
About Elite Anglr

Partners Al McCulloch, marketing and media specialist for Midwest Fish Tournaments, and Donny Wilson, a former graphic designer with B.A.S.S., created the Elite Anglr fishing brand that promotes the lifestyle of anglers who need comfortable and dependable clothing for a long day on the water.

Elite Anglr’s line of apparel includes ball caps, beanies, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, hoodies and outdoor weather gear emblazoned with the unique Elite Anglr logo. Promoting fishing and supporting charities are major goals of the new company. Elite Anglr also plans on sponsoring conservation efforts by offering discounts on apparel for bass clubs or individual anglers who participate in conservation programs such as cleaning up waterways or better fish care.

Apparel orders may be made by visiting Elite Anglr’s web site, www.eliteanglr.com, which is also connected to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

James Watson, Elite Anglr Team

James Watson Joins Elite Anglr Team

James Watson joins Elite Anglr team

Major League Fishing pro James Watson has signed on with the Elite Anglr Athlete program to promote the apparel company’s products and its objectives in supporting the fishing community.

Elite Anglr co-owner Alan McCulloch saw Watson’s hard work and dedication qualities as an ideal match for the angler lifestyle his company is promoting. “I will put JMFW (James Watson) up against anyone when it comes to devotion to a company and his trade,” McCulloch said. “James matches up with the lifestyle in many ways. James’ story in becoming a successful angler was done by grit and determination. His eight years of service in the U.S. Army, along with the various businesses he started in order to fund his dream of becoming a professional angler is exactly what we want at Elite Anglr. Also his dedication to the Shriners and what he does on the road visiting those kids in the hospital makes us proud.”

“James had a goal and he worked extremely hard in business and on the water to be where he is today,” McCulloch said. “It’s a story that every young angler should hear, especially in today’s culture.”

Watson won the 2015 Bassmaster Central Open at Table Rock Lake and qualified for the 2016 Bassmaster Classic. The Missouri pro also won the 2016 FLW Tour event on Norris Lake and competed in three FLW Cups. He has fished in nine Major League Fishing (MLF) events including the 2016 MLF Summit Cup.

McCulloch suggested you can follow Watson’s season by liking his Facebook page and following him on Instagram.

Watson’s friendship with McCulloch and “knowing (McCulloch’s) work ethic and commitment to bass fishing” made it an easy decision for Watson to sign on with Elite Anglr. “When he told me what he was going to do, how he was going to do it and why he was going to do it, by knowing him I told him I was there to support him,” Watson said. “Big Al is a doer and he is successful at everything he does.”

Known for his wit and humor on the tournament trail, Watson believes there was another reason Elite Anglr recruited him. “I believe Al approached me because of my super good looks,” Watson said. “I could be a benefit to his company with my dynamic looks and personality.”

Elite Anglr incorporates two sponsorship programs for anglers: Elite Anglr Athlete and Elite Anglr Family. The Athlete program includes MLF pros, Bassmaster Elite Series pros, FLW Tour pros, Costa and BFL anglers and competitors from regional circuits such as Anglers in Action, Alabama Bass Trail and Texas Team Trail. The Family program helps to develop and sponsor middle school, high school and college anglers.

About Elite Anglr

Partners Al McCulloch, marketing and media specialist for Midwest Fish Tournaments, and Donny Wilson, a former graphic designer with B.A.S.S., have created Elite Anglr, a fishing brand that promotes the lifestyle of anglers who need comfortable and dependable clothing for a long day on the water.

Elite Anglr’s line of apparel includes ball caps, beanies, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts and hoodies emblazoned with the unique Elite Anglr logo. Promoting fishing and supporting charities are major goals of the new company. Elite Anglr also plans on sponsoring conservation efforts by offering discounts on apparel for bass clubs or individual anglers who participate in conservation programs such as cleaning up waterways or better fish care.

Apparel orders may be made by visiting Elite Anglr’s web site, www.eliteanglr.com, which is also connected to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Denali inks Morgenthaler

April 28, 2014

Mountain Home, AR- Premium rod maker Denali Rods has announced the signing of Bassmaster Elite Series “rookie” Chad Morgenthaler of Coulterville, IL to their National Pro-Staff. A Rookie in name only, Morgenthaler qualified for the Elites by winning the Bassmaster Classic Wildcard event held on Lake Okeechobee last December, and has amassed over $500,000 dollars fishing both the FLW Tour and PAA events.

Morgenthaler is known for being very detail oriented, something that led to the partnership with Denali. “I’ve been looking around at different rod companies for a few months and had the opportunity to stop by the Denali offices after the Table Rock event. Once I got my hands on their rods I was immediately impressed by their level of detail, quality finish, and feel. I also hit it off really well with Scott and the rest of the team, so we started working on a deal right there.”

Flipping and pitching to heavy cover is one of Morgenthaler’s passions, and he is really excited to debut the Denali line at the upcoming Toledo Bend derby. “Fishing heavy cover is a tough on a rod. One

Photo credit to BASS/Gary Tramontina

Photo credit to BASS/Gary Tramontina

of the things I love about the Denali lineup is their use of high quality components like heavy duty ceramic guides. Most problems with rods occur at the guides, and ceramic inserts are the deal. Toledo Bend has some big fish and lots of heavy cover, so I’m really excited to get down there and start fishing.”

Denali president Scott Estes is also excited about the addition of Morgenthaler, saying “In this business, it’s important to make sure that the anglers you align yourself with represent similar ideals and are willing to help grow the brand. Chad is a great human being and fits that description to a tee. He has been a consistent and tireless force on the tour and in the media for many years, and we look forward to helping Chad succeed.”

Founded in 2009, Denali has seen a rapid rise in sales and exposure despite a tough economy. That is a testament to the company’s dedication to quality, product development and customer support. Denali offers four complete lines of quality rods starting at $99.00 and their rods come with a limited lifetime warranty against material and workmanship defects. For more information about Denali Rods, go to www.denalirods.com.