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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby JWR075 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:25 am

It seems that when MB released their pro's that Martens was not named as one of them. Seems more and more likely that they are not together.

I also saw that Bryan Thrift has picked up Damiki (since Chevy pulled sponsorship from the FLW) as his primary sponsor and is now sponsored by Fitzgerld rods (since Damiki stopped production of their rods to further their bait manufacturing.

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby Cal » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:12 am

JWR075 wrote:It seems that when MB released their pro's that Martens was not named as one of them. Seems more and more likely that they are not together.


We can confirm A.Mart is no longer with Megabass. We cannot, however, reveal who his new rod company is - yet.

JBcrankaddict wrote:Read the other day Zaldain has quit Strike King and will now fish Megabass hardbaits and softbaits in addition to using MB rods.


Yup, this happened over the Winter, but Strike King picked up Cody Meyer who left Jackall/Shimano. Cody is now also with Daiwa.

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby JWR075 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:38 am

Figured as much since AM just FB'ed me a message saying look for a MB press release today regarding the subject.

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Postby Cal » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:41 am

JWR075 wrote:Figured as much since AM just FB'ed me a message saying look for a MB press release today regarding the subject.


LOL.. the release just showed up:

MEGABASS AND AARON MARTENS PART WAYS AFTER 17 YEARS
Megabass gives thanks to a pillar of their US efforts

January 28, 2015

Megabass of America, the US arm of Japan’s foremost innovator of premium fishing tackle, confirmed today that after 17 years, Megabass’ title sponsorship of Aaron Martens is ending.

“While we are of course disappointed that our professional relationship will not continue in 2015, we certainly understand Aaron’s decision to pursue a new business opportunity,” said Yuskei Murayama, Vice President of Megabass of America. “Aaron is one of the most gifted anglers of his time, and it is no surprise to us that a fledgling brand would invest heavily in his services.”

Partnered with Megabass since his early days on the West Coast circuits, Martens has quickly risen to the top of the national stage. With two Bassmaster AOY titles, three U.S. Open Championships, and multiple victories to his name, Aaron has solidified himself as one of the most consistent, talented, and feared anglers on Tour.

“In many ways, we would not be where we are today without Aaron,” said Murayama, “so we wish to take this opportunity to give thanks for the whole-hearted dedication, passion, and expertise Aaron has shared with us these past 17 years. Megabass is certainly better for it, and will continue to strive to make the kind of equipment that elevates our anglers to ever-greater success. We wish Aaron the best in this next chapter of his career.”

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby JWR075 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:45 am

Wow that was quick.

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby BucketHunter » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:06 am

It's gotta be Edge or 13 me thinks.

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby chrisjr1981 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:13 am

Cody Meyer leaves Shimano/Jackall, zaldain goes all in at megabass. Looks like Shimano has an opening and extra $ to make the investment. Unless martens starts his own thing or buys a share of another.

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby BucketHunter » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:28 am

The fledgling brand comment is the only thing that throws me off Shimano. Unless Jackall can be considered separately.

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby Cal » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:56 am

It's not Shimano/Jackall, Edge, or 13 Fishing... 8-)

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby cndbasshunter » Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:00 am

Cal wrote:It's not Shimano/Jackall, Edge, or 13 Fishing... 8-)

Pure Fishing i bet.

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby Johnny A » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:17 am

The new Loomis company maybe?

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby JWR075 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:43 am

Johnny A wrote:The new Loomis company maybe?


I thought edge was the new Loomis company.

http://www.edgerods.com

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby JWR075 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:45 am

Cal wrote:It's not Shimano/Jackall, Edge, or 13 Fishing... 8-)


can you tell us if it a JDM or USDM company?

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby JWR075 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:47 am

Cal wrote:It's not Shimano/Jackall, Edge, or 13 Fishing... 8-)


13 would have been a good fit for both. In rod development a pro like AM could be worth Millions and for AM it could have allowed for more direct product I out while forming another long lasting relationship.

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Re: New Bass Fishing Teams/Sponsors/Contracts

Postby Johnny A » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:10 am

JWR075 wrote:
Johnny A wrote:The new Loomis company maybe?


I thought edge was the new Loomis company.

http://www.edgerods.com


Oh, I was thinking the North Fork Composites. I didn't what was going on with them. If they had expanded to higher line rods.


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