FARMINGTON, IL - Gator Guards, the leading global innovator of boat protection products, announced their Bassmaster Elite Pro Anglers for the 2019 season.
Headlined by anglers who embody the values of our company on and off the water, we’re happy to host an exciting group this season that understand the need to grow our industry. “Not only are they great anglers, but they have a passion in common for sharing their knowledge with their followers and the next generation to help ensure the growth of the sport.” Says Gator Guards, Nick Barr.
In addition to a variety of regional and local team members across the country. Each of them will have a KeelShield® protecting their hulls and leading the way as their boats endure the rigors of the 2019 Bassmaster Elite season.
Gator Guards 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Team:
Hunter Shryock, a Phoenix Boats 21PHX pro from Newcomerstown, OH is a 2nd year Elite Series Pro and is not a stranger to high-stakes competition. Formerly a motocross professional. You can follow the trek through his sophomore season on the elite’s by subscribing to his exciting YouTube series - 496Films. Hunter knows that confidence and convenience with his equipment is key. “Gator Guards protection will allow me to keep focused on fishing and less worrying about damaging my boat.”
Matt Arey, running a Ranger 521L from Shelby, NC is no ordinary rookie on the Elite Series. He’s a former FLW Champion and veteran professional. You can catch Matt on Facebook via his popular live talk show with Bryan Thrift, called “Let’s Talk Fish”. Matt needs few words to explain his decision “Gator Guards provides American-made lifelong lasting products like the KeelShield to protect my investment through a rugged season.”
Brandon Card, a Bass Cat Lynx pro from Knoxville, TN competed for the University of Kentucky and is the first Bassmaster College Series angler to qualify for the Elite Series. Brandon is now a consistent veteran on the Elites and spends much of his time helping support outreach missions with his local church. He has trusted Gator Guards for his protection needs throughout his career. “The affordable price to protect my investment is the reason I made my first purchase, but the performance and lifelong durability are the reasons for a KeelShield on all my boats since.”
Skylar Hamilton, the young Xpress Boats Pro from Dandridge, TN was raised on Bassmaster open events and has quickly become a consistent competitor on the pro tour. Entering his 3rd season he’s primed to reach that upper echelon. A natural and gifted shallow water angler, he’ll be taking his Xpress into some slim places this season protected with his KeelShield.
Brett Preuett, A former B.A.S.S. Collegiate Champion and Falcon Boats Pro from Monroe, LA is no stranger to the Elite Series. Qualifying through the Opens back in 2015, he is excited to make the jump back on the Elites to test his mettle against the best. He grew up on the backwaters of Louisiana, knowing that protecting your boat from stumps, debris, and rural boat ramps is key to keeping your equipment in good shape.
Chris Groh, a sophomore Phoenix Boats pro from Spring Grove, IL is looking to make that second year jump on the Elite Series after a solid rookie campaign. Known as the “Chain Rat” for his Northern Illinois fishing roots, the schedule lays out well for him this year to take advantage of similar fisheries. A career craftsman, he knows how important it is to take great care of your equipment throughout the year.
To find a local Gator Guards team member near you, just click here to view our roster.