For millions of Americans, fishing is a way to relax and unwind on the water. To professional bass anglers competing on the world’s biggest stage, it’s a tough way to make a living. On a typical workday, they have to compete against finicky fish and a couple dozen of the world’s best anglers. With literally hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line, these guys need every performance edge they can get.
While these fierce competitors are understandably guarded about most fishing secrets, one thing some share in common is as visible as the nose on their face — high-performance sunglasses from leading manufacturer Wiley X,® Inc.
Two of the Top 10 finishers at last week’s Bassmaster Classic — widely hailed as the sport’s biggest annual event — relied on Wiley X sunglasses to keep them focused and comfortable during long pre-fishing and tournament days on the water. Long-time Wiley X pro angler Timmy Horton ended the three-day event in 6th Place with a total of 44 lbs., 13 oz. (just one ounce out of 5th Place). Fan favorite and perennial Angler of the Year threat Edwin Evers finished the 2012 Classic close behind Horton in 8th Place, weighing in 43 lbs., 8 oz. of bass.
Wiley X’s team of Pro Anglers for 2012 reads likes an all star roster of bass fishing, including additional names like 2009 Bassmaster Classic Champion/2007 Angler of the Year Skeet Reese, Stephen Browning and Jared Linter. Wiley X is also the eyewear of choice for saltwater fishing personality Mark Davis of The Outdoor Channel’s Big Water Adventures and Bill Blodgett, host of Telly Award-winning Majesty Outdoors on NBC Sports. In addition to these on-air fishing personalities, top fishing guides like Oregon’s John Garrett and Floridians Chris O’Neil and Ryan Rowen rely on Wiley X to give themselves – and their customers — a competitive edge. “We’re proud to be associated with these professional anglers and honored that we continue to play a role in their success on the water,” said Wiley X Co-Owner Myles Freeman, Jr.
Wiley X’s advanced polarized lenses — available in a wide variety of comfortable, stylish models — provide these anglers with superior glare-cutting performance and the visual acuity to read bottom contour and spot fish in and around structure. The unparalleled protection Wiley X provides to anglers is equally important to these pros. Wiley X is the only premium performance sunglasses brand whose entire line meets the stringent ANSI Z87.1-2003 High Velocity and High Mass Impact Safety standards. From airborne dust and debris to flying insect strikes when racing across the lake at 60 mph, anglers’ eyes are under constant assault. Not to mention the inherent dangers when flinging heavy jigs, pulling big bass out of cover or trying to free a snagged crank bait. Wiley X provides these professional fishermen with advanced protection that goes far beyond the harmful rays of the sun.
For more information about Wiley X’s Pro Bass Fishing Team for 2012 — or the company’s complete line of performance protective eyewear for every outdoor sport and activity — contact Wiley X, Inc. at 7800 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550 · Telephone: (800) 776-7842 · Or visit online at www.wileyx.com.