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VOTERS SPEAK! ICAST TROPHIES REVEAL READERS’ CHOICES

26 companies, plus pros Bill Dance and Kevin VanDam, earn coveted Readers’ Choice Awards

Bill Dance won favorite Pro Legend with 48.2 percent of the vote. “Bill is a down-to-earth pro with high knowledge,” said reader Chris Chaffin. “He supports many worthwhile conservation and management programs.” For others, it had nothing to do with fishing at all: “Tennessee hat,” said Scott Roberson of Texas. Honorable Mentions went to Jimmy Houston (16.3 percent) and Roland Martin (13.0 percent).

Bill Dance won favorite Pro Legend with 48.2 percent of the vote. “Bill is a down-to-earth pro with high knowledge,” said reader Chris Chaffin. “He supports many worthwhile conservation and management programs.” For others, it had nothing to do with fishing at all: “Tennessee hat,” said Scott Roberson of Texas. Honorable Mentions went to Jimmy Houston (16.3 percent) and Roland Martin (13.0 percent).

Marietta, Ga. — Game & Fish/Sportsman magazine readers have voted for their favorite fishing gear in 26 different categories, and the magazine will honor those winning manufacturers July 17-19 at ICAST in Orlando. The Readers’ Choice trophies will be awarded to the selected companies and to a pair of popular bass-fishing icons: Bill Dance and Kevin VanDam.

Game & Fish/Sportsman had asked manufacturers to submit new-gear nominees in 26 categories, from rods and reels to raingear and sunglasses. To be considered “new,” gear must have been introduced in the last three years. The magazine then queried a sampling of subscribers and e-newsletter recipients to determine their favorite picks. More than 2,000 anglers responded and voted for their favorite gear.

Readers also were asked to pick their favorite bass angler of all time and their favorite pro on tour. They overwhelmingly voted for Bill Dance and Kevin VanDam, respectively.

Game & Fish/Sportsman magazines Publisher Peter Gross will present crystal trophies to the pros and to each of the companies at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, or ICAST, in Orlando.

“It is my pleasure to represent our hard-core fishermen and present these tokens of accomplishment to industry partners, such as Berkley, Minn Kota and G. Loomis,” said Gross. “These companies and their products are recognized as some of the best in the industry. I just wish all who voted could also be here to join in a round of applause.”

According to results tallied by independent analyst Accelera Research, nearly two in five respondents caught more than 50 bass last year, with an average catch of 34 bass per angler. The survey also showed that respondents fished an average of 42 days. A total of 37 percent of anglers considered themselves advanced or expert bass anglers, 54 percent said they were intermediate level, and just 9 percent said they were beginners.

Full results of the voting are online at gameandfishmag.com/2014-rca-bass.

Kevin VanDam won favorite Pro On Tour with 69.1 percent of the vote. “He’s the best at figuring out conditions, baits and how to win,” said voter Grant Lehman. Honorable mentions went to Skeet Reese (9.8 percent) and Brandon Palaniuk (9.2 percent). “I like all of these guys,” said Kyle Cortiana of Oklahoma. “Jason Christie is from my home state and an awesome person of character. I love watching Brandon because I believe he will be the next VanDam. However, VanDam is still the one to watch and the one who will hold all the records.”

Kevin VanDam won favorite Pro On Tour with 69.1 percent of the vote. “He’s the best at figuring out conditions, baits and how to win,” said voter Grant Lehman. Honorable mentions went to Skeet Reese (9.8 percent) and Brandon Palaniuk (9.2 percent). “I like all of these guys,” said Kyle Cortiana of Oklahoma. “Jason Christie is from my home state and an awesome person of character. I love watching Brandon because I believe he will be the next VanDam. However, VanDam is still the one to watch and the one who will hold all the records.”

The 26 companies are:

G. Loomis GL2 spinning rod; Shimano Stradic CI4+ spinning reel; G Loomis GL2 baitcasting rod; Abu Garcia Revo MGX baitcasting reel; Bass Pro Shops Lazer Eye spinner bait; Bass Pro Shops Enticer Pro Series Football Jig; YUM MightEE worm; Savage Gear 3D crawfish bait; Bass Pro Shops XPS Slim Dog topwater; Rapala Scatter Rap Crank; Rapala BX Jointed Minnow; Booyah Money Minnow plastic swimbait; Zoom Super Fluke soft jerkbait; Berkley Schooling Rig; Berkley Trilene XT XL mono/copolymer line; SpiderWire Glow-Vis braid; Berkley Trilene 100% FluoroXL; Bass Pro Shops XPS Magna Superlock hook; Lowrance Elite-5 DSI; Ranger Z118C small bass boat; Ranger Z521C large bass boat; Mercury 9HP ProKicker; Yamaha V MAX SHO 150; Minn Kota Talon 12; Cabela’s Guidewear Bass Angler; and Berkley Zephyr sunglasses.

About Game & Fish/Sportsman magazines

Game & Fish/Sportsman magazines, an InterMedia Outdoors company, publishes 28 state- or region-specific magazines monthly, all designed to provide hunters and anglers with practical articles about where, when and how to enjoy the best hunting and fishing opportunities in their state. Content from all magazines can be accessed online at gameandfishmag.com.

About InterMedia Outdoors

Reaching the most avid outdoors enthusiasts across all media, InterMedia Outdoors, Inc. is recognized for the strongest brands in the industry, including In-Fisherman, Petersen’s Hunting, Fly Fisherman, Game & Fish and 11 other leading magazines; 17 associated and complementary websites, including the BassFan network; 25 popular television shows; 3 consumer events; and a national television network, the Sportsman Channel.

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