BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — Falcon Rods has signed on as title sponsor for Oklahoma native and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jason Christie, perhaps the fastest rising competitor on the national bass tournament scene.
With a busy 2014 schedule of national tournaments, Christie will compete from the Falcon Rods bass boat. The Falcon Rods brand logo will have premium visibility at all of Christie’s tournament weigh-ins and public appearances, on his websites and on his vehicle and vessel wraps. Christie will continue to work closely with Falcon on its Jason Christie Signature Rod Series.
“We are all-in with Jason,” said Falcon founder John Beckwith. “We have known and supported Jason from the beginning of his career. He is a winner, which he has proved over and over with his numerous victories and Top 10 finishes. Jason is on a roll, and Falcon Rods is excited about the rewards this new partnership will bring.”
“Falcon Rods is a great fit for me,” said Christie, of Park Hill, Okla. “I’ve been fishing with Falcon since my first year as a pro. That’s thousands and thousands of casts. And I have never broken a Falcon. Never. I fish Falcon and that’s that.”
Since 2011, Christie has won seven events including four majors — one Bassmaster Elite Series tournament and three Walmart-FLW tour events. Christie qualified for the Bassmaster Elite Series; and in 15 Bassmaster events, he placed first in three and in the Top 10 in four more.
In 2012, Christie won two Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens, which put him into the field for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake where he finished seventh. Five times Christie qualified for the Forest L. Wood Cup.
Recently, Falcon Rods added the new made-in-America Jason Christie Signature Series to its rod line, which also includes Cara T7, Cara Reaction, Cara Micro, Cara Peacock Bass, Cara Mike McClelland, BuCoo, BuCoo Micro, LowRider, LowRider Salt, Coastal XG, HD and Original. There are three spinning reel models in the Falcon product lineup — Back Country, Volt and Moxie.
For 2014, Christie said he would be fishing in as many top-tier tournaments as possible including the Bassmaster Elite Series, the Walmart-FLW Tour, and the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork. “I have a really full schedule,” Christie said.
“That’s the way I like to work. I fish a lot of events and I am looking forward to showing and telling other anglers how much I trust the rods made by Falcon. The quality is excellent.”
Christie qualified for and will compete in the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville on the Tennessee River near Birmingham, Ala., February 21-23. “It’s going to be colder than heck, and I really enjoy fishing when it’s cold. Last year, I fished the Classic in Oklahoma, and we were blasting off in 17-degree temperatures. But, you know what, that’s when you can catch big fish. The big ones get real lazy on those days.”
Christie, born and raised in Eastern Oklahoma, grew up fishing and hunting and started competing in local team tournaments with his dad and uncles. In his last year at Northeastern State University, where he earned an education degree, Jason married Amy and they started a family that now includes three daughters – Ali, Ana, and Jaslyn. After graduation, Christie fished individually in pro-am events; and with his confidence building, he began fishing in regional and national events and in 2007 won a Stren Series event on Lake of Ozarks. With the support of his family, he made the decision to become a full-time, bass tournament professional. His tournament successes and other aspects of his career are chronicled on his websites – www.Christiefishing.com and www.facebook.com/christiefishing.
John Beckwith founded Falcon Rods in 1990 with a vision to provide professional and other competitive anglers with tournament-quality, smooth-casting rods for look-alive presentations for specific lures in various fish habitats. The vision has given rise to Falcon models with descriptive nicknames like Lizard Dragger, Jason Christie Frog Rod, Jeff Kriet Squirrel Tail, and Trap Caster.
Information about Falcon Rods and other Falcon merchandise is available online at www.falconrods.com or by contacting company headquarters in Broken Arrow, Okla., 918-251-0020. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.