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Justin Atkins Signs With Abu Garcia® and Berkley® Brands

2017 Forrest Wood Cup winner thrilled to sign with brand titans

COLUMBIA, SC - (January 17, 2018) – Justin Atkins, the winner of the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, has signed a sponsorship contract with powerhouse fishing brands, AbuGarcia® and Berkley®. A longtime supporter of both brands, Justin will be representing Abu Garcia’s rods and reels, and Berkley’s bait, line and hooks.

Justin has already proven himself a strong competitor within his first year as an FLW Tour pro. He has competed in a total of 79 events with fourteen top 10 finishes. Even more impressively, Justin took home two tournament wins in 2017 and made one cup appearance. He also won second place in the 2017 FLW Rookie of the Year race, and won the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray.

“It’s been a huge blessing to be partnered with a company I’ve always used,” said Justin. “My father was the reason I grew up fishing with Abu Garcia. I stayed true to the brand throughout my career because with Abu Garcia, every product is reliable. I’m also thrilled to be working with Berkley at a time where new, innovative products are being created – Berkley’s baits can’t be beat when it comes to catching more fish.”

Throughout his sponsorship, Justin will be representing both Abu Garcia and Berkley products. These include Abu Garcia’s vast rod and reel collection and Berkley’s newest bait – PowerBait® MaxScent.

“We are happy to welcome Justin to the Abu Garcia and Berkley teams,” says Larry Tankersley, manager of brand development for Abu Garcia. “He has been a dedicated angler using both Abu Garcia and Berkley products, and we are thrilled that he’s now a part of our pro team.”

Aside from competing in tournaments, Justin spends much of his time off the water visiting high school and college-level anglers. “I’m really focused on mentoring younger anglers,” he said. “When I was in high school, there wasn’t a large fishing program and I want to be a part of the program growth that is taking place today. I want to help inspire and teach young anglers and give back.”

Justin is currently preparing for the next stop on the FLW Tour, Lake Okeechobee, January 25th-28th, 2018.

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