Category: press release

 May 19th, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified May 19th, 2009 at 12:00 AM

COATESVILLE, PA (May 19, 2009) – HI-SEAS is proud to announce the addition of five-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier Jeff Kriet to its growing Pro Staff of world-class anglers. Hailing from Ardmore, Oklahoma, he has been fishing B.A.S.S. tournaments for the past 16 years, the last ten on the Bassmaster Elite Series, where he has proven to be an accomplished angler and consistent competitor. 

“Jeff came to us after being introduced to HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon line,” said Steve Miller, Sales Manager. “He is a highly regarded pro and we were delighted he was so interested in one of our signature products, which we’ve been refining specifically for the bass market.”

Early on,  Kriet realized the potential of fluorocarbon line for a variety of techniques he relies on, but he was disappointed with the performance of the brands he initially tried. Then fellow Elite Series pro Cliff Pace gave him a couple spools of HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon and that was all it took for him to become a believer.

“I had almost lost confidence in fluorocarbon over the past couple of years because the brands I had been using didn’t perform well and were unreliable,” Kriet said. “Since I started throwing HI-SEAS Fluorocarbon my confidence came back and with good reason. HI-SEAS Fluorocarbon has a thinner diameter than the other brands. Their 20-pound is as thin as the competitions 15, which let’s me use a stronger line without sacrificing performance and handling characteristics. This adds a real comfort factor to my fishing, especially in tournament competition where I’m frequently tossing baits into cover. All these attributes are extremely important to me since fluorocarbon is the perfect type of line for the finesse techniques I rely on so much!” In addition to fluorocarbon, Jeff has been experimenting with various HI-SEAS monofilament lines and Grand Slam Braid, which he reports have been performing beyond his expectations. “I’ve been impressed with all the line products from HI-SEAS and look forward to working with them while representing the brand on the professional bass tour,” he said.

“Jeff Kriet is a tough competitor who really knows tackle and what it takes to get the most out of it,” said Mike Shields, VP Sales & Marketing. “When he tells you that your products outperform the competition you can take it to the bank. He will be instrumental in helping us develop and introduce new products that are sure to raise the bar for line performance in bass competition.”

Over the past few years Jeff has been featured on numerous television programs, in dozens of magazines and newspaper articles and in product advertisements for his sponsors. He will be fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series, the Bassmaster Central Open events and the PAA Tournament Series in 2009.    

For over 30 years AFW & HI-SEAS has been providing serious freshwater and saltwater anglers with the finest quality line, leader, and rigging products. AFW has the largest selection of wire line and leader products in the industry. All wire, strand, and cable is manufactured in the United States. HI-SEAS offers a variety of lines specifically designed and formulated to meet any fishing challenge. Visit online at www.americanfishingwire.com or www.hiseas.net.

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