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Bryan Thrift Signs with Abu Garcia®

North Carolina pro angler excited to rep legendary fishing brand

COLUMBIA, SC - (January 17, 2018) Legendary fishing brand Abu Garcia® has announced that it has signed pro Bryan Thrift. The top-ranking angler will enter his 11th year as an FLW pro and will compete in the 2018 Season representing the legendary fishing brand.

Since joining the FLW Tour in 2007, Bryan has reeled in big rewards. From the start of his career, he has been a top competitor on the FLW trail, winning the 2007 Tour Rookie of the Year and FLW Angler of the Year in 2010. To date, he has competed in 144 events and has 54 top 10 finishes, 11 cup appearances and nine tournament wins, with his most recent win as 2017 FLW Angler of the Year.

“It’s great to be backed by Abu Garcia,” said Bryan. “I started my career with Abu Garcia products on my deck, and they are still there 11 years later. I stand behind the Abu Garcia brand and am really excited about partnering with them this season.”

Throughout the length of the contract, Bryan will represent Abu Garcia during the 2018 FLW Tour and will be working with Abu Garcia to test and evaluate new products. He will also make trade show and event appearances on behalf of the brand.

“We are excited that Bryan is joining our team of professional anglers,” said Andrew Wheeler, brand marketing director for Abu Garcia. “He was a brand advocate long before his sponsorship began, and we are proud that he is officially representing our brands today. Bryan’s track record speaks volumes of his commitment to angling and we are looking forward to having him on our team.”

Bryan believes that teaching others is a great way to give back. When he is not on tour, he enjoys taking young anglers out on the water and does several trips a year with youth who are starting out in their high school fishing programs.

The next stop for the pro angler is the 2018 FLW Tour which kicks off January 25-28 at Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Fla. You can follow Bryan on Instagram @bryanthriftfishing.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information: Angie Champsaur [email protected]

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