3 Classic Bound Pros Talk Custom Rods

These pros are taking their skills in fishing and rod building to the 2018 Bassmaster Classic ultimate.

Custom Rod Building Makes the Bassmaster Cut

The Bassmaster Classic is a massive event in competitive bass fishing and 3 Mud Hole National Pro Staffers are looking to make a big splash in 2018.

Check out these awesome anglers and their custom Pro Tour Rods:

Brandon Lester Captures Spot in Classic

From the floating on the Classic bubble to edging out the competition to make the cut, Bassmaster Elite Pro Brandon Lester experienced a rollercoaster of emotions on Mille Lacs Lake.

After his final day of fishing in Minnesota, Lester weighed in 43lb-1oz to finish with a check and the prized opportunity all anglers want.

Brandon not only fought his way into the money, but also fished his way into the Bassmaster Classic. To make it this far, Brandon is thankful for his upbringing, work ethic, sponsors, and of course, custom rod building.

Planning for Classic on Lake Hartwell, Lester is looking to his MB843 Casting Rod to be a huge difference maker in Bassmaster’s stiffest competition. One of the best all-around bass fishing blanks, the MB843 is certainly one of his favorites.

“If someone came to me and said they need a fishing rod, I would recommend my MB843 7’0″ Casting Rod,” Brandon said before explaining, “its versatility brings an incredibly high performance to just about every bass fishing application out there.”

Click here to see more about Brandon Lester’s Pro Tour MB843

Bradley Roy’s Big Return to the Classic

Like Brandon, fellow Bassmaster Elite Pro Bradley Roy and his custom MHX rods entered Mille Lacs ready for some serious smallmouth fishing.

Catching 36lb-13oz after just the second day, Roy refused to slow down and finished the tournament with 52lb-10z. Cashing in and securing his entrance to the 2018 Bassmaster Classic, Bradley immediately thought back to finishing 7th in the previous Classic.

Needless to say, Roy is eager to return to Bassmaster’s biggest stage and admits his HM-SJ870 will be a defining factor in his fishing.

“This 7’3″ High-Mod Finesse Spinning Rod is really great for lighter drop shot rigs. It is ultra-lightweight and super sensitive without costing me any power,” Bradley says, “In fact, it is one of the only rods I’ve had that can completely absorb the shock from lunging smallmouth bass and keep ‘em pinned despite their softer mouth.”

Find out more about Bradley Roy’s Pro Tour HM-SJ870 here…

John Cox Fishing Familiar Water in 1st Classic

Every fan of FLW knows the name of former Forrest Wood Cup Champion John Cox, but now Bassmaster fans will get to see the Florida native for themselves. Crashing the Classic after winning the B.A.S.S. Southern Open at Chickamauga Lake with 68lb-3oz, John’s big bag came with way more than a check.

Cox booked his ticket to the 2018 Classic and smiled at the thought of the location. Lake Hartwell, which will host the next Classic, is also the same location John won a tour event back in 2016.

John Cox is widely recognized as a steadfast sight fisherman, who sure knows how to catch ‘em. Considering his knack for rod building and his experience on Lake Hartwell, Cox is a fierce competitor looking to fish his Pro Tour HM-SJ842 7’0” High-Mod Spinning Rod to the top.

“A few years ago, I never thought much of finesse fishing, Cox laughs and then reasons, “but after using this High-Mod Spinning Rod, it really opened my eyes to what finesse fishing is, and why it’s so important. Now I trust this rod for all my finesse fishing and it never disappoints.”

For more info, check out the John Cox Pro Tour HM-SJ842



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