Russ Lane competing in 2016 Bassmaster Classic using Winn Superior Rod Wraps
Category: press release
Mar 2nd, 2016 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Mar 2nd, 2016 at 12:00 AM
When Russ Lane drops the trolling motor on Day One of the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees this Friday, the bold Winn logo on the bow of his BassCat will represent a big reason for his success on the Bassmaster tournament trail in 2015!
Developed by aerospace engineering pioneer, Dr. Ben Huang, Winn rod grips are made from patented Winn polymer and design innovations that deliver all-weather comfort and a secure “tacky” feel to the angler’s hand. The grips come in a wide array of colors and designs, adding style, flair and fashion to the once-drab world of cork and foam rod grips.
Lane, who will make his sixth appearance at the Classic this year, is a consistent stick on the Bassmaster Elite Series tour, and his ability to corner the latest technology for significant tackle upgrades is well known in pro bass circles.
He begins the 2016 season with another new Winn product in hand – Winn Superior Rod Wrap. The tape-like rod wrap enables him to put a “Winn skin” on a cork or EVA handle in a matter of minutes. It’s the quickest, easiest way to put the advantages of the WinnDry polymer to work.
Winn will introduce 10 new rod wrap colors at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo in Tulsa, Oklahoma, running March 4 to 6, 2016.
Lane was one of the first pros in the Elite Series ranks to use rods installed with the current generation of Winn grips two seasons ago and became a member of the Winn pro staff early last year. Constantly on the lookout to improve his tackle, he fished the 2015 season with a rod arsenal built from or retrofitted with Winn rod grips.
“I’m really pleased,” says Lane. “Winn grips reduce hand fatigue. There’s compression in them. I don’t feel like I have to grip the rod as hard. I can cast with a loose, more relaxed grip because of that compression. With cork, gripping the rod handle is almost like holding a block of wood.”
In true DIY guy fashion, Lane applied Winn Superior Rod Wrap to rods old and new in his workshop this winter.
“Winn Superior Rod Wrap is easy to apply,” explains Lane, who worked on a number of split-gripped bass rods in preparation for the Bassmaster Classic. “The main thing to remember when wrapping a split grip is to make sure you apply the wrap at the right angle when you start and when you end to keep the wrap nice and clean. Keep the seams even and you won’t have a problem.”
Winn’s diverse color selection helps Lane organize his rod arsenal, too.
“I use black grips and rod wrap for my flipping and worm rods, gray for medium heavy spinnerbait and buzzbait rods, and blue grips for my crankbait, jerkbait and other reaction lure rods,” he says.
See the full line of Winn products at Booth 835 at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo in the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Friday through Sunday, March 4 to 6, 2016.
For additional information on Winn products, check out the Winn Grips website www.winngrips.com