RACINE, Wis.– Fourteen anglers competing in the 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk will be utilizing the One-Boat Network™ from Humminbird® and Minn Kota® as they compete do battle for top honors in the bass fishing world.
Seasoned anglers like Chris Zaldain, Keith Combs, and Matt Herren as well as newer faces will be running Humminbird SOLIX G2 and HELIX G3N units with MEGA Imaging+. Beyond having unmatched detail and clarity from Down Imaging® and Side Imaging® views at their fingertips, these anglers will be armed with MEGA 360 Imaging™ mounted to their Ultrex trolling motors, showing them fish and structure in every direction.
Their arsenal also includes the iconic Minn Kota Ultrex™ trolling motor, Minn Kota Talon shallow-water anchors and best-in-class mapping on Lake Guntersville thanks to Humminbird LakeMaster. With the power of Humminbird and Minn Kota products working together, these anglers will compete for bass fishing’s top honors with the most advanced fishing system on the water, the One-Boat Network.
The Humminbird and Minn Kota pro team members competing in the Bassmaster Classic, which runs March 6-8th on Lake Guntersville near Birmingham, Alabama, include Chris Zaldain, Matt Herren, Keith Combs, Seth Feider, Patrick Walters, Bill Lowen, Chad Pipkens, Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, Greg DiPalma, Ray Hanselman, Lee Livesay, Luke Palmer, Mike Huff, and Bob Downey. The power of the One-Boat Network and its ability to allow anglers to find, stay on, and catch more fish will put these competitors at a significant advantage as they set out to capture professional bass fishing’s most prestigious title.
“We’ve got a strong lineup contending for this year’s 50th Bassmaster Classic title spot and we’re looking forward to a great event,” said Tim Price, Humminbird and Minn Kota Field Promotions Manager.
“Lake Guntersville is familiar water for some, but our technologies can help anglers break down the lake, control the control the boat and will help even the new guys on the tournament trail compete at a high level. With these tools at their disposal, it will certainly help anglers make better decisions, as well as find and stay on fish that can make a difference in this event,” added Price.
Continuing its legacy of innovation in this 50th year of the Bassmaster Classic, Minn Kota debuted the Built-In MEGA Side Imaging® in its Ultrex trolling motor last fall, which allows anglers to run their boats confidently while seeing the clearest, most precise images of structure and fish in real time directly below and to either side of their boat. The Minn Kota Ultrex changed the way anglers approach boat control by combining Spot-Lock — a GPS anchoring system with unparalleled accuracy — with power steering in an intuitive and responsive heel-toe foot pedal.
New for the 2020 season, these anglers can spend more time fishing the most productive water and see fish more clearly with Humminbird’s MEGA 360 Imaging. MEGA 360 Imaging provides sonar clarity more than three-times traditional 455 kHz frequencies and is the only sonar option delivering a high-resolution, 360-degree view out to 125 feet around the boat and is exclusively designed to allow full use of the trolling motor.
MEGA 360 Imaging delivers a unique tool to see around the boat while fishing, which can be used simultaneously with and other Minn Kota features.