Yamaha Marine has grown its 2021 Pro Team with eight new anglers who will compete in professional tournament trails this season, represent Yamaha’s premium brand and uphold the company’s commitment to competitive fishing.
“These new anglers bring great potential,” said Roxanne Flores, Tournaments and Pro Staff Regional Marketing Coordinator, Yamaha Marine. “They share Yamaha’s high standards of sportsmanship and ethics. We chose them for their ability to teach, communicate and lead this sport. They will make great additions to our team.”
Florida-based pro Scott Martin joins team Yamaha as a B.A.S.S.® Elite angler, and 2021 marks Scott’s first year on the B.A.S.S. Elite tour. He started fishing professionally in 1999 with the FLW Tour® and holds a record of eight FLW Tour® victories, including a 2011 Forrest Wood Cup® Champion title, as well as 41 Top 10 finishes and Angler of the Year. Scott spent 2020 fishing all eight Basspro.comBassmaster® Opens to qualify for the 2021 Elite season, placing 5th in his first Open event. The son of B.A.S.S. legend Roland Martin, Scott is also the host of the nationally televised “Scott Martin Challenge,” that provides viewers with a new and exciting fishing “challenge” each week, to become one of the highest-rated outdoor programs on air today. Scott has also positioned himself as one of the most-watched anglers on YouTube, with close to 600K engaged subscribers. In addition to running a new Yamaha V MAX SHO® 250 on the back of his new Skeeter FXR21 Select during the B.A.S.S. Elite tournaments, Scott will also power his offshore 42-foot Freeman with quad Yamaha F300 outboards. His show will feature both boats during fishing challenges this season.
“The Yamaha Marine brand represents unmatched performance and reliability on the water, and I am proud to be running Yamaha outboards on both my competitive bass fishing boat and my saltwater boat,” said Martin. “I believe there are many great opportunities ahead for me this year as I work toward securing a place in the Classic, and I look forward to working with Yamaha to make this best season ever.”
2020 Bassmaster® Elite Series Angler of the Year Clark Wendlandt will also run a Yamaha V MAX SHO during the 2021 B.A.S.S. Elite series. For the veteran pro from Leander, Texas, hoisting the AOY trophy was the culmination of a phenomenal season that saw Wendlandt record three Top 10 Elite finishes during the 2020 season.
Three-time Elite Series champion Jason Christie also joins team Yamaha as a B.A.S.S. Elite Pro for the 2021 season. The Park Hill, Okla. pro has seven Bassmaster Classic® appearances under his belt as well as approximately $1.2 million in career winnings.
In addition, Carl Jocumsen, Clent Davis, Takumi Ito and Bill Weidler will compete as Yamaha pro team members on the B.A.S.S. Elite circuit during the season, while Luke Dunkin and Andrew Upshaw will serve as Yamaha-powered anglers during the 2021 B.A.S.S. Open tournaments.
On the saltwater side, pro angler Chris Cenci will represent Yamaha in several tournaments during 2021 including the Northeast Florida Wahoo Shootout, the Power Pole® Pro Redfish Series, the Old School Kingfish Shootout and the Elite Redfish Series. An inshore and offshore angler for the last 35 years, Chris took home two Redfish Series trophies in 2020; first place in the Power Pole® Pro Redfish Series in Steinhatchee, Fla., and fourth place Team of the Year Power Pole® Pro Redfish Series. Chris will also serve as an ambassador for Power Pay, Yamaha’s tournament contingency program, during the 2021 season.
Veteran Yamaha team member Ish Monroe moves this year to Skeeter Boats, becoming a Skeeter-Yamaha Pro. He will compete in 30 events during the 2021 season including the Major League Fishing® Summit Cup, the Major League Fishing® BassPro Tour, the Major League Fishing® Western Toyota® Series, the WON U.S. Open, the Wild West Bass Trail Pro Ams, the New Jen Bass® Teams and the ABA Teams.
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