HomeNewsPower Pole Renews with B.A.S.S. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Building on their partnership of three consecutive years, JL Marine Systems and B.A.S.S. LLC have signed an agreement for JL Marine to continue as an official Supporting Sponsor through 2015. The new deal will keep JL Marine’s Power-Pole brand in its highly visible position as a sponsor of B.A.S.S.-owned competition trails. They include the top-level professional Bassmaster Elite Series, the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series, the grass-roots B.A.S.S. Nation events and the growing Carhartt College B.A.S.S. Series. Power-Pole products also will continue to receive exposure through B.A.S.S. media properties, including in Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times magazines and on Bassmaster.com. “JL Marine Systems, manufacturer of the world-famous Power-Pole shallow-water anchor, is proud to continue its sponsorship with B.A.S.S. The combination of tournaments, television shows, magazines and website, together with the best anglers in the world, provides a fantastic platform for us to showcase our products,” said Robert Shamblin, vice president of JL Marine Systems, which is based in Tampa, Fla. JL Marine introduced the first Power-Pole to the bass fishing market in 2006. Since then, the shallow-water anchoring system has won over professional and recreational anglers alike. Owning a bass boat equipped with one or even two Power-Pole units has become a mark of the serious devotee of the sport. “B.A.S.S. is proud to be part of a success story like Power-Pole’s,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “We feel we can help JL Marine Systems introduce even more anglers to the Power-Pole — one of the true recent inventions for bass anglers.” Power-Pole again will offer its Captain’s Cash bonuses in the Opens Series and in the Elite Series to anglers registered for the program and with boats equipped with a Power-Pole unit. At Elite events, the highest-finishing qualifying pro will earn an extra $1,000. At each Opens event, the highest-finishing qualifying angler will receive a $500 bonus. The Power-Pole system, which holds a bass boat in place against current and wind, is available in several models: the Blade Series, Signature Series, Pro Series II and Sportsman II. “We are looking forward to showcasing our newest product, the Power-Pole Micro designed for smaller boats, at the Bassmaster Classic in Guntersville (Ala.) this February,” Shamblin said. For more information, visit www.power-pole.com. About B.A.S.S. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles. The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website Bassmaster.com and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle. The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster Wild Card, B.A.S.S. Nation events and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic. B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.