AFTCO sponsors Elite event on St. Johns River for third year

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AFTCO sponsors Elite event on St. Johns River for third year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For the third consecutive year, AFTCO has signed on as title sponsor for the premier event of the Bassmaster Elite Series season.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For the third consecutive year, AFTCO has signed on as title sponsor for the premier event of the Bassmaster Elite Series season. The 2022 AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River will be held Feb. 10-13 in Palatka, Fla.

Additionally, AFTCO will continue its long-standing partnership with B.A.S.S. as a conservation partner and supporting sponsor for the six circuits of the Bassmaster Tournament Trail as well as outfitting all staff and marshals with performance fishing clothing for these events.

“For the third year in a row, AFTCO is pumped to kick off the Bassmaster Elite Series season as the title sponsor at the St. Johns River,” said AFTCO Marketing Director Matt Florentino. “We’re also sponsoring the upcoming B.A.S.S. Conservation Summit and cannot wait to get to work with the entire B.A.S.S. Nation! Bassmaster’s continued commitment to the sport and their audience of die-hard fans keeps us coming back year after year.”

Among the AFTCO-aligned pro anglers ready to kick off the 2022 season is Bryan New, who took a victory at the 2021 Elite event on the St. Johns River. With a four-day total of 79 pounds, 7 ounces, New climbed from sixth place on Championship Sunday to claim his first Elite event after winning the Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year title.

“I cannot say enough about the support AFTCO gives to anglers,” said New. “They’ve stepped up to partner with many of my fellow Elite pros, but AFTCO is also dedicated to supporting competitive fishing at all levels and working to ensure the future of fishing with their 10% pledge to protect and conserve fisheries.

“We’re all looking forward to the season, and it would be great to kick off 2022 with another win at the St. Johns!”

This will mark the fourth-straight year the Elite Series has held its season-opener on the St. Johns River — a quintessential Florida fishery that features vast shoreline cover, big Florida-strain largemouth and breathtaking scenery with Spanish moss-covered trees, alligators and manatees. 

Full coverage from all four days of the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River will be available on Bassmaster.com and the FOX Sports digital platforms. FS1 will also broadcast live with the tournament leaders on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13 beginning at 8 a.m. ET.

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