RACINE, Wis. – The first Bassmaster Elite Series event on the St. John’s River will see the debut of four new Humminbird® and Minn Kota® pro team members, as well as three new Elite anglers who are legacy members of the pro team.
New to the pro team are Chris Zaldain, Chad Pipkens, Harvey Horne and Dale Hightower. Zaldain and Pipkens are veterans on the Elite Series, with each earning an invitation for the 2012 and 2013 seasons respectively. Horne and Hightower have recently moved up the ranks through the Bassmaster Opens Series to qualify for the 2019 Elite Series.
New to the Elites, but not to the Humminbird and Minn Kota pro team, are Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, Carl Jocumsen and Koby Krieger. They, along with the new pro team members, join Keith Combs, Seth Feider, Matt Herren and Bill Lowen to make up the Humminbird and Minn Kota pro team for the Bassmaster Elite Series.
“We’re excited about the additions to our pro team and the experience each brings to the group,” said Tim Price, Humminbird and Minn Kota Field Promotions Manager. “With Humminbird units, the Ultrex and Talons that are connected through our One-Boat Network™, this group of anglers will be a threat to win every event thanks to unmatched mapping, best-in-class sonar and imaging and unprecedented boat control.”
Each of these anglers will be running Humminbird electronics, a Minn Kota Ultrex™ trolling motor and Talon shallow water anchors. The competitive advantage comes with the new innovations Humminbird and Minn Kota are consistently bringing to the table. The Minn Kota Ultrex, a revolutionary trolling motor with power steering and now built-in MEGA Down Imaging+™, literally changed bass fishing forever upon its introduction. With features like Spot-Lock, and i-Pilot® Link™, anglers can stay on a precise spot, move in 5-foot increments with the push of a button, follow exact depth contours and much more. Ultrex basically controls boat positioning on its own, so anglers can focus on catching fish.
Anglers can also see fish more clearly with Humminbird’s exclusive and best-in-class imaging capabilities. New MEGA Imaging+™ technology is in the megahertz range with performance that’s three times greater than traditional 455 kHz frequencies, providing the clearest, sharpest imaging returns ever and unlocking more fish and structure. Through the One-Boat Network™, Humminbird and Minn Kota connectivity allows anglers to operate the trolling motor and deploy Talon shallow water anchors from their fish finder.
“Designed to work together, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Talon connectivity will allow these anglers the ability to concentrate on the presentation and the hookset while we take care of everything else. Our technologies will give these anglers an edge in competition and we look forward to seeing their performance on this year’s Elite Series,” Price says.