Belleview, FL – Building on a solid year at all levels, Fitzgerald Rods gains another Bassmaster Elite Series Angler, signing Pro Cliff Prince for the 2016 season. “I’m fishing against the best in the world – fishing the Elites”, says Prince, “and I think Fitzgerald has one of the best rods on the market. To fish against these guys (on the Elite Series), you have to be with the best, and putting a Lew’s reel on a Fitzgerald rod – I don’t see how I can get any better”.
The Palatka, FL Pro has been a staple of the Bassmaster Elite Series since 2012, qualifying for the Bassmaster Classic in 2013 and 2015. “I like to catch them however they are biting” Prince explains, “coming from the St. John’s river has made me pretty versatile. I’ve had to fish docks, shell bars, offshore, grass – the river is a versatile fishery, and that’s helped me be able to be as competitive as I have been on the Elites.”
2016 will see Cliff continue to compete on the Elite Series as well as the Bassmaster Southern Opens, where the versatility of the Fitzgerald Rods line will be a major asset. “When Fitzgerald signed Bryan Thrift, Bryan and Trevor (Fitzgerald) got together and designed some rods that fit Bryan, who is strong finesse fisherman” says Prince. “I already knew that Fitzgerald has some of the best Flippin’ sticks out there, and I know Bryan’s rods are some of the most versatile rods out there, so I just couldn’t go wrong”.
Fitzgerald Rods looks forward to Cliff utilizing Fitzgerald Rod’s versatile line up of rods to compete on the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2016.