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.