Multi-species angler honored for his decades of contributions

The Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame recently selected longtime Ranger Pro Tommy Skarlis for enshrinement into the hall. Skarlis is known as one of the most versatile anglers and is one of the most successful walleye and crappie fishing professionals.

“As far as what I have done in my career such as winning a couple of national championships, the induction into the hall is the most prestigious,” said Skarlis. “It’s so big, I can’t even call it a cherry on top of what I have done.”

Hailing from Iowa, Skarlis began fishing at the age of three. He cut his teeth fishing the Mississippi River, small lakes, farm ponds and huge reservoirs in the Midwest. In 1991, Skarlis began his tournament career. From 1993 through 1998, the angler competed on the Masters Walleye Circuit and qualified each year for the championship event and won the competition on Big Stone Lake, Minnesota.

Skarlis qualified for the PWT 13 straight times and won the PWT Championship in 2004. The angler followed this success with winning the FLW Walleye Tour Championship in 2008. In total, Skarlis qualified for more than 40 national championship events and was named one of the Top-10 anglers by Outdoor Life.

When Skarlis decided to purchase a boat, he wanted to go with one of the top brands. With Ranger Boats’ track record of delivering innovative features and angler-friendly designs, Ranger was a natural pick for the angler who was just starting his competitive career.

“I have probably owned 30 Ranger boats and I have never had one fail me once where it cost me in a tournament,” said Skarlis. “I’m always impressed with the fit and finish of a Ranger and how it is designed to cut across the water for the smoothest, driest and most comfortable ride on the water.”

The Ranger pro angler joined nine other honorees in the 2020 class. These individuals have displayed excellence and innovation of contributions to fresh water sportfishing. They join a list of notable honorees who have helped shape the sport as it stands today.

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