MOUNTAIN HOME, AR (January 19, 2017) – Michigan Elite Series pro Chad Pipkens, fresh off a Bassmaster Northern Open points title, will join the Bass Cat Boats National Team, running a Cougar FTD for the 2017 tournament season.
In addition to his recent points title, Pipkens won the 2014 Bassmaster Northern Open on Lake St. Clair to qualify for the first of two consecutive Bassmaster Classics. He joined the Elite Series in 2013 and has finished in the money in just under 50% of his Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) appearances, including eight Top Tens. His best finish on the Elite Series was at Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay in 2015 where he placed third.
“I’m looking forward to starting a new relationship with a company that is family owned,” said Pipkens, who will strap a Suzuki SS 250 on the back of his new Cougar FTD. “Everybody knows Bass Cat boats are extremely fast, but I fish a lot of big water up north and I’m most excited about the rough water ride handling,” added Pipkens.
Bass Cat President Rick Pierce said that Pipkens was recommended to him by Bass Cat Pro Staff angler, Mike Iaconelli. Pierce stated, “Chad is an enthusiastic angler and we like his vibrant attitude. He will be a great asset to us in the northern markets and with Mike’s friendship and guidance, he will continue to develop into a top-flight pro.”
About Bass Cat: Bass Cat, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures the industry’s premier bass fishing boats from its headquarters in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Family operated since it’s founding in 1971, Bass Cat is the longest continuously operating tournament bass boat company in the United States. For more information visit www.basscat.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.