Any time you put great talent with great electronics, you should expect great results. Garmin pro team anglers put their Garmin marine electronics with exceptional mapping and sonar to great effect this season, winning 50% of the FLW tournaments in 2017. Mark Rose took the first two tournaments of the season at Lake Guntersville and Lake Travis. Scott Martin won at Lake Cumberland, Bryan Schmitt won on the Mississippi River and Jason Lambert captured a victory at the Costa Central tournament on Kentucky Lake.
“Garmin Panoptix helped me accomplish something this season that has never been done before in FLW history: winning back-to-back FLW Tour events. I don’t even like talking about Panoptix because I don’t want any of my competition to have it…”
– Mark Rose
In addition to those impressive victories, Garmin pro team anglers comprised almost a third of the field that qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup. Garmin also made a strong showing in the final tournament at Lake Murray, with Anthony Gagliardi capturing 5th, Scott Martin taking 8th, Andrew Upshaw 15th, Cody Meyer 18th, Shane Lehew 19th, Darrel Robertson 22nd and Bryan Schmitt 25th.
“Panoptix was key for me in several events this year, including the Forrest Wood Cup. Catching suspended fish can be tough sometimes, but seeing individual fish and being able to match the depth of my retrieve to those fish with Panoptix is a game changer. I weighed in numerous fish this year that in years past I have never had a chance to catch.”
– Anthony Gagliardi
Overall, six Garmin pro team anglers finished in the top ten for Angler of the Year points: Andy Morgan in 2nd, Anthony Gagliardi in 3rd, Cody Meyer in 6th, Shane Lehew in 7th, Bryan Schmitt in 8th and Mark Rose in 10th.
“I found every one of my ‘cane piles’ with my Panoptix sonar at the Cup. I could literally see the bass in each one and could tell how many were there. It allowed me to be super efficient and deadly with my cast.”
Thank you for following our FLW Tour pros all season long. Be sure to check back in a few weeks after the Bassmaster Elite Series wraps up for a full recap of our pro team’s performance there as well. Finally, be sure to follow Garmin Fish & Hunt on social media for videos, tips from these pros and articles to help you become a better angler.