Introducing Team Livingston, 2015

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – In professional sports, there are Dream Teams and All-Stars squads. In bass fishing, there’s Team Livingston.

As the 2015 bass-tournament season gets underway this week with the start of the B.A.S.S. Southern Open, the upcoming Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell and FLW Tour opener on Toho, Livingston Lures is proud to introduce the members of Team Livingston, 2015. The team – consisting of Randy Howell, Andy Morgan, Brent Chapman, Jacob Powroznik, Stetson Blaylock, Hank Cherry and Byron Velvick – shares multiple Angler of the Year titles, a pair of Rookie of the Year trophies, a Bassmaster Classic title and dozens of major-level wins on the Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour.

Team Livingston heads into 2015 on the heels of the most successful season ever in 2014, and with a new signature line of Team Livingston baits that the seven pros helped design and built. Expanding on the original lineup of Livingston baits, the Team Livingston line features 13 innovative new baits and dozens of new colors enhanced with Electronic Baitfish Sounds MultiTouch Technology™, which allows anglers to customize the sound emitted by the bait with four settings that transmit the sounds of actual baitfish (EBS Craw™, EBS Shad™, EBS Original™ and “stealth” or silent mode).

Team Livingston pros for 2015 include:

RANDY HOWELL, Springville, AL
Howell made history with his miraculous comeback to win the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville, AL, but his career as a tournament angler is one of the longest and most successful in the game. Howell has racked up 33 Top 10 finishes, three Top 10 finishes and over $1.5 million in tournament winnings in a 22-year career on the B.A.S.S. circuits. He also notched eight Top 10 finishes and one win fishing on and off for nine years on the FLW Tour.

It would be no stretch to say that Andy Morgan is the most successful tournament angler in the history of the FLW Tour: the Tennessee native has recorded more Top 10 finishes (57) than any angler in FLW history, in addition to back-to-back FLW Tour Angler of the Year (2013 and 2014). Morgan has qualified to fish the Forrest Wood Cup and astounding 17 times in a 19-year career on the FLW Tour, and is frequently in the top three in Bassfan’s World Rankings (he enters 2015 as No. 2).

Chapman had one of the best years in the history of professional bass fishing in 2012, when he won the coveted Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year award.  He’s recorded four wins and 32 Top 10 finishes in a 21-year career fishing the B.A.S.S. professional circuits, qualified for four Bassmaster Classic, and racked up over $1.6 million in tournament winnings. Chapman also fished four Forrest Wood Cups, finishing third in that event in 2002.

Powroznik wasted no time establishing himself as a force on the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2014, winning two events (Toledo Bend Reservoir and the Angler of the Year Championship on Lake Michigan) while walking away with the Elite Series Rookie of the Year title. Before his Elite Series career, though, Powroznik was one of the most consistent, successful anglers on the FLW Tour: he finished in the Top 15 of the AOY standings five times, won two events, and racked up 35 Top 10 finishes.

Blaylock established himself immediately on the tournament scene when he became the youngest angler to ever win an FLW Tour event (in 2009 on Lake Norman) on his way to the Tour Rookie of the Year award that season. Since then, Blaylock has rung up five wins and 37 Top 10s on the FLW Tour. Blaylock has qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup every year he’s competed, and narrowly missed claiming the 2013 Angler of the Year (he was second to Team Livingston teammate Andy Morgan).

Cherry became a household name in early 2013 when he finished third in the Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake, OK, and then announced his presence on the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2013 when he won the Toyota Rookie of the Year award, and finished that season by beating out a true “Who’s Who of Bass Fishing” with a win at the Toyota All-Star Week event on Lake Muskegon, MI. Cherry followed that up by weighing in one of the heaviest fish in recent Elite Series history with his 10-pound, 11-ounce Lake Chickamauga monster (the 2014 Carhartt Big Bass of the Year). The North Carolina native has won two events, and finished in the Top 10 five times already in his three-year B.A.S.S. career.

Long known as one of the best “big-bait” fisherman in the world, Velvick formerly held the record for heaviest three-day limit in a B.A.S.S. tournament (83-5 on California’s Clear Lake in 2000), and has made a career out of throwing swimbaits and crankbaits. After sitting out the 2013 Elite Series season on a medical exemption, Velvick returned with two Top 10s in 2014. Velvick has three wins and three Top 10s in his B.A.S.S. career, and is a two-time winner of the U.S. Open (2001 and 2006).