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Tackle HD signs on to sponsor Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour Angler James Watson

St. Clair, Mo., August 1, 2019 – REP Outdoor Group, LLC and Tackle HD announced, effective August 1, it has signed on to sponsor MLF Bass Pro Tour Angler James Watson.

Tackle HD, a REP Outdoor Group company, produces and markets the original Hi-Def Craw, Hellgrammite, Mega-Mite, and Stealth jigheads.

“Establishing a relationship with James Watson is truly ‘Worldwide’ for our company,” said Troy Nogosek, President of REP Outdoor Group, LLC.  “After being invited to James’ home, extending four hours of his personal time, talking business, laughing at stories and talking about new opportunities, it confirmed what I already knew – Our company and James were a great match.  Along with Aaron Click, our brand manager, and Ben Hill our marketing director, there is no shortage of energy to elevate our brand.  The team at Tackle HD are all fans of JMFW Worldwide and we are all completely thrilled to be associated with the James Watson brand.”

After getting to know Ben, Aaron and Troy, James knew it was a no brainer to work with Tackle HD. “I was impressed with their business model, ideas, attitude and will to succeed in this industry. I am excited to get my hands on their newly innovated high definition baits they have and are currently working on.”

About James Watson

James “JMFW WORLDWIDE” Watson, is known for his quick wit and knack for jokes on the water. The real-estate mogul has used his success in residential real estate sales to fuel his passion for fishing. As a self-made angler and former United States Army Drill Sergeant he equally enjoys balancing the competition and the business sides of the bass community. 

His 2013 season was the start of his career as a professional angler. Although his venture began later than some, James has accomplished many feats since he began at age 38. 

From a B.A.S.S Open win to the Bassmaster Classic, Watson promotes fishing on a WORLDWIDE level. Additionally, James has qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup and the Texas Toyota Bass Classic during his duration fishing the FLW Tour, FLW Costa Series, BASS Opens, P.A.A. and Major League Fishing.  He has also competed as a member of the US Bass Team in the Black Bass Championships in 2017 in South Africa and 2018 in Mexico. Bringing home the gold medal with the team in 2018.

In 2018, he received the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award per his involvement in FLW Community Outreach.

He prides himself on his personality, often gaining him media attention, which positively promotes his sponsors. All eyes are watching where James “WORLDWIDE” Watson will go with his professional fishing career. 

You can find James fishing Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour, FLW Costa’s and attending charity events when it fits his schedule.

Follow along with James Watson and his partnership with Tackle HD to see all the excitement the year will bring: 

Facebook: James Watson Professional Angler

Instagram: @therealjameswatson

Twitter: @JamesWatsonFish

YouTube: JMFW Worldwide


To Provide Peace of Mind, To Keep Top Tournament Pros Focused on Fishing and Winning

Pro angler James “Worldwide” Watsonwas instrumental in “hooking” an impressive group of tournament professionals on the benefits of the Siren Marine system. “When I saw how easy and practical it is to set up an MTC with wireless sensors for batteries, gear lockers and more, I knew these guys would be all over it. So, I reached out to some of my many friends on the circuit. After all, we all want more peace of mind when it comes to our boat and equipment,” said Watson.

Siren Marine has installed its advanced Connected Boat®systems on the personal bass-fishing rigs of some of the world’s most successful and well-known professional anglers. This first wave of pro angler installs marks a concerted effort by Siren Marine to expand its presence throughout the bass fishing industry and the freshwater boating market in general. 

More than 30 of professional bass fishing’s biggest names are now using the Siren MTC and Siren Marine App to keep their tournament boats in a constant state of readiness. Siren’s Connected Boat technology allows these anglers to monitor their boat’s location, movement, battery charging status and more, while preventing theft, vandalism and other hazards these “road warriors” endure on a regular basis.

With Watson’s help, Siren has aligned itself with a powerful group of bass fishing personalities that includes recognized champions, multi-million dollar winners, perennial fan favorites and rising stars. These anglers have built their careers competing against the best in globally recognized tournament trails such as Major League Fishing (MLF), Bassmaster and FLW. This team of top anglers includes past B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Brent Chapmanand former Bassmaster Classic Champion Alton Jones, Sr.Also using Siren onboard his boats is Jordan Lee, known for the rare feat of back-to-back Bassmaster Classic wins in 2017 and 2018, as well as winning a major MLF Bass Pro event on his very first try. “Team Siren” also features Aaron Martens,three-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year and recent winner of his first MLF Bass Pro Tour Championship event at Table Rock Lake on May 22.

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Siren Marine technology will also be providing peace of mind for the following top anglers, as they compete in high-profile tournaments around the country in Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour: Justin Atkins, Zack Birge, Stephen Browning, Brandon Coutler, Anthony Gagliadri, Timmy Horton, Alton Jones, Jr., Jason Lambert, Mike McClelland, Cody Meyer, Mark Miller, Ish Monroe, Michael Neal, Brandon Palaniuk, Mark Rose, Fred Roumbanis, Scott Suggs, Gerald Swindle, Johnny VanDam, David Walker, and Jacob Wheeler

According to Siren Marine Founder and CEO Daniel Harper, professional tournament fishing is an ideal application for the company’s Connected Boat technology. Additionally, recent adoption of this technology by boat builders, motor builders, insurance companies, fleet operators and other industry stakeholders make this an ideal time for Siren Marine to aggressively pursue the bass fishing market. Siren Marine is currently developing OEM partnerships and programs with a variety of leading bass boat manufacturers and will soon be distributing its Connected Boat system online through outdoor retailing powerhouse Bass Pro Shops — further enhancing the company’s engagement with bass anglers and freshwater fishermen of all kinds.

“Tournament anglers already have enough on their minds, without having to worry about if their batteries are charged up or if somebody has messed with their boat or gear during the night,” said Harper. “Whether they are competing or practicing, these guys are always making a living with their boats. Issues that might be a nuisance to recreational anglers have a much greater impact on pros who must be ready to fish and win at all times. We’re pleased to be associated with these high-profile anglers, and proud that our technology will be providing the peace of mind they need to stay on top of their game,” added Harper.

To follow along with James Watson and his partnership with Siren Marine checkout James Watson Professional Angler on Facebook, @therealjameswatson on Instagram and JMFW Worldwide on YouTube. 

To learn more about Siren Marine Connected Boat technology and the many benefits it brings to all fishermen and boaters, contact Siren Marine at 401.619.4774 or visit www.sirenmarine.com.– 

SANFORD, North Carolina – Cashion Rods is proud to announce their partnership with US Army Veteran, US Bass Team angler and FLW, Major League Fishing professional angler, James Watson.

Cashion Fishing Rods was founded by Dr. Matthew Cashion who received a Ph.D. in chemistry with a concentration in advanced materials from Virginia Tech. Upon graduation his ambition was to combine his knowledge of material science with his passion for fishing. With that combination came the birth of Cashion Fishing Rods. Each rod is designed to be the best fishing rod for each type of fishing. Matthew and his team have an undeniable obsession for fishing and it shows.

“Adding James Watson to the Cashion Family from the angler side is a no
brainer but we are most proud to have him represent us with the manner in
which he conducts himself as a veteran and in the benevolence side of his
charity and community service contributions. James is a giver and does not
take for granted his public position as a professional angler.” Dr. Matthew Cashion. President and Founder.

“We are really excited to bring James on board for 2019. His energy and enthusiasm stand out and we feel his ability to connect to anglers on all levels will be key. James takes pride in what he does on and off the water and we feel he will add a lot to the family atmosphere we have created here at Cashion Fishing Rods. We look forward to his new ideas and input with products will we be introducing early next year!” Paul Benson. Vice President.

Having known James for a while, the first thing we noticed is that he offers all his sponsors is his unbelievable work ethic. James is the first one in and last one out at almost every show we have worked together. He finds a way to make time for all the folks he represents and even some for companies he just considers friends. His knowledge base of the business side of the industry is invaluable and he truly understands what it takes to help a company grow and increase sales year over year. James is always a team player and his positivity and leadership style lends to help others in our organization grow and become a better tighter knit family.

Cashion Fishing Rods are American made and they stand behind each and every every fishing rod they build. Read More

August 9, 2018

James Watson was recognized this evening as the recipient of the 2018 Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship & Community Leadership Award. Forrest Wood, the namesake of the award, was on hand to recognize Watson during the FLW Cup pre-tournament banquet. Cup qualifiers, their families, the FLW staff and members of the media were in attendance.

Watson received several nominations from FLW Tour anglers and FLW staff members throughout the 2018 season. He was then selected by vote by members of the FLW leadership team.

The Missouri pro is well deserving of the award, in part due to his commitment to participating in FLW Community Outreach opportunities that take place in the host communities that the FLW Tour visits. He has also developed a relationship with the non-profit organization Shriners Hospitals for Children. Watson has visited multiple children’s hospitals while on Tour this year, pledged thousands of dollars to support the organization, recruited some of his fellow pro anglers to do the same and taken every opportunity available to bring additional awareness to the Shriners cause. He also works with local high school fishing teams regularly and is committed to promoting and teaching the next generation of anglers, not only the sport of fishing, but that it’s OK to dream and then go after those dreams.

Watson has fished the FLW Tour as a pro since 2010 and was the winner of the 2016 FLW Tour Invitational at Norris Lake. He resides in Lampe, Mo.

US Angling announced today that James Watson, of Lampe, Missouri, will be a member of the 2017 USA Bass team.

State College, PA July 13, 2017 – US Angling will send a talent laden team to South Africa to compete on the Vaal River, October 2-8, 2017. The USA Bass team will represent the United States at the Bass World Championship competing for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. The event is sanctioned by the Confederation Internationale de Peche Sportive (CIPS), which represents 50 million competitive anglers worldwide from 78 different countries.

“I’ve never fished in Africa” said Watson, “But I can’t wait to get there and experience the World Championship”.

James Watson grew up in Miller, Missouri and now resides in Lampe, Missouri. Shortly after graduating high school Watson enlisted as a soldier in the U.S. Army. He quickly established himself as an exceptional leader and was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant. His favorite time while in the Army was the two years spent as a Basie Combat Training Drill Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in 2001 and went to work as a real estate sales agent. He opened a Realty Executive franchise and has seen great success in the industry with over a $100 million in residential home sales. Watson started fishing the FLW Tour as a co-angler in 2009 and earned a trip to the 2009 Forrest Wood Cup. In 2010, Watson made the move to the front of the boat while juggling his business and professional fishing. Soon after he retired from Realty Executives and became a full time touring professional. Watson has made two Forrest Wood Cup appearances and has one FLW Tour win.

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Canton, MI – The O-Wacky ® Tool has just announced their partnership with James Watson, Professional Bass Angler.

The O-Wacky Tool is designed to help any angler quickly and easily rig soft plastic baits in a multitude of ways. One of the most popular ways is called “wacky style” where a hook is placed through the middle of a soft plastic stick bait. When cast out on a slack line, it allows the bait to sink slowly and horizontally mimicking a dying baitfish. To use the O-Wacky ® Tool simply slide an O-ring over the center of the stick bait and thread the hook into the O-ring. This gives the bait more action, prevents the hook from tearing the soft plastic and allows up to 7 times longer bait life.

James Watson is an FLW Tour Pro and Bassmaster Classic contender. He has won PAA events, Bassmaster Opens as well as FLW Tour and FLW Invitational tournaments. Watson says that he is thrilled to join a team that follows the same set of values he does, including providing an affordable product that every angler can use. James says of the O-Wacky® Tool, “It’s a simple multiuse tool that should be in everyone’s tackle box. I am excited to work with the team to spread the word.”

The Fishing Complete, Inc. Management Team is very proud of the new sponsorship agreement with James Watson.  Tom Taylor, owner of Fishing Complete Inc. comments on the company’s new partnership: “After sixteen years of business with steady growth each year we are ready to take our business to the next level. We are confident James will help us do so. Welcome to the team James!”

Be sure to join James Watson on Facebook (James Watson Professional Angler), Twitter (@jameswatsonfish) and Instagram (@therealjameswatson) for a “How To” on the O-Wacky ® Tool!
And for more on the O-Wacky ® Tool check out www.O-WackyTool.com


St. Paul, MN – Swagger Tackle Company is excited to announce their partnership with FLW Tour pro James Watson.

Travis Nadeau started Swagger Tackle because he was sick of paying $9 for a sinker that he knew he would lose out on the water. Through networking he was able to find a way to supply the public with a Tungsten sinker that won’t hurt the wallet. Nadeau says he is thrilled Watson has joined forces with him because he is a perfect fit for the company. He also mentions, “James is a stand up dude who enjoys having a little fun and doing the right thing, and that is what we are all about. We look forward to many more years with James!”

James Watson, FLW Tour Pro, Bassmaster Classic contender and FLW Invitational champion is enthusiastic on joining the Swagger team. “The affordability of these sinkers sold me!” says Watson. He adds that he enjoys promoting products that the everyday angler can use.

Both Watson and Nadeau cannot wait for the tour season to get started so they start adding some Swagger to every anglers tackle box.

Swagger Tackle is about offering a premium product for all anglers to enjoy without sacrificing quality and with fast shipping so you can spend more time on the water! Be sure to check out more about Swagger Tackle on swaggertackle.com, Facebook (Swagger Tackle) and Intagram (@swaggertackle).

And check out James Watson Professional Angler on Facebook (James Watson Professional Angler), Twitter (@jameswatsonfish and Instagram (@therealjameswatson).

Photo: FLW

RICHMOND, Calif., Oct. 24, 2016 – After joining the River2Sea pro team last month, James Watson of Nixa, Mo., quickly put the brand’s baits to work, earning his first FLW Tour victory on Norris Lake in Clinton, Tenn. with two of his favorite River2Sea topwater lures on the end of his line.

The FLW Tour win marks the third major championship title that Watson has collected in his career. Notably, this win comes in the fall as did both of his previous victories – PAA (Table Rock, Sept 2013) and B.A.S.S Central Open (Table Rock, October 2015).

Watson relied on a topwater pattern, throwing the River2Sea Whopper Plopper and Bubble Walker for the majority of his tournament-winning total of 36-10.

“Norris is well-known for the Spook bite,” said Watson. “I wanted to give the fish a loud, splashy version of that and that is what the Bubble Walker is. If you’re on a strong walking, topwater lake, like I was, the Bubble Walker needs to be added to your arsenal. I know that I am glad that I added it to mine. I caught two of my fish on the 128 size in Powder.”

Eight of Watson’s bass were credited to the Plopper. He threw it in Loon and Perch color patterns.

“The lake’s conditions dictated the Whopper Plopper, as they have for me for the last few years,” he said. “The bass in Norris acted like they had never seen it before.”

Watson cashed in on event winnings that surpassed $95,000 and guaranteed the FLW Tour pro a berth to the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup.

“We are very excited to be a part of James’ success,” said Angelo Alorro River2Sea National Sales Manager. “We started calling him Mr. October, since it is his second October in a row with a major tournament win.”

“I love the fact that I’ve already punched my ticket for next year’s Forrest Wood Cup and I couldn’t have done it without these fine River2Sea products,” added Watson. “It doesn’t matter if you’re a novice angler or a tournament bass fishermen, if you don’t own these two baits in multiple colors, you are shortchanging yourself. They just catch more fish – period.”

River2Sea USA manufactures products for both fresh and saltwater application. The product line features the highest quality materials and workmanship available. From the surface to the bottom, and in the tackle stores they make lures that produce results; from River2Sea. For more on River2Sea, visit River2Sea.com.


Nixa, MO – Cal Coast Fishing has partnered with FLW Tour Pro James Watson to promote their line of tackle management products.

Cal Coast is a Southern California based company offering two products that protect baits from damage while not in use. Those products consist of ‘The Bait Sack’, which is a premium lure protector, and the ‘Cali Clip’, which secures lures to fishing rods when not in use. These products are now available exclusively online

David Romanus, Cal Coast Fishing CEO is excited for James to join the team. He believes with James’ outgoing personality and genuine use of Cal Coast products, he will be able to share with bass anglers worldwide how The Bait Sack and Cali Clip are beneficial to every angler.

James Watson, FLW Tour Pro declares, “Cal Coast products are really cool! They keep my boat organized and my baits comfortable.”

James also mentions that Cal Coast products help keep his rods and baits tangle free allowing easy access during those high pressure moments on the water. The Cal Coast Fishing goal is to provide quality, easy to use products that enhance the fishing experience for every angler at any level. Which is why James is excited to join the team of anglers that are also helping to promote such great products.

Cal Coast products are affordable for every angler. For more information on Cal Coast Fishing’s Bait Sack and Cali Clip products please visit calcoastfishing.com.

Got Social? Check out James Watson Professional Angler and Cal Coast Fishing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

James Watson Introduces Watson4Win.com A Contest for Classic Fans

Contest Offers Cash and Prizes to Fans Who Follow Classic Competitor
Nixa, Mo. – February 4, 2016 – Missouri pro James Watson, a 2016 Bassmaster Classic Qualifier, is giving fans the chance to win up to $100,000 in cash and prizes.
If Watson wins the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees AND an entrant guesses his exact winning weight, that person will win up to $100,000 in cash and prizes, with one of the prizes being a fully loaded Ranger Boat.
“I’m excited to be fishing my first Bassmaster Classic,” said Watson. “To celebrate, I want to give the fans a chance to experience that excitement of the event – especially if I win.”
He has put together a group of his sponsors that will provide the prizes for his Watson4Win Contest.
“I’ve teamed up with my great sponsors to give a lucky fan the chance to win $100,000 in cash and prizes,” he said. “I feel this gives people out there who haven’t been able to experience the Bassmaster Classic a reason to be a fan; even if it is just for the weekend.”
Watson is known for his out of the box thinking and has created a name for himself on the professional circuit with his humor and his ability to catch fish. He qualified for his first Bassmaster Classic by winning the B.A.S.S. Central Open on Table Rock last fall.
Watson has a history on Grand Lake. The Grand River Dam Authority impoundment is only a few hours from his home lake of Table Rock, and as such, Watson is sure to be considered one of the favorites.
About the venue and the event, Watson said he is looking forward to it. “I love Grand Lake, and I love that my first Classic appearance will be on a lake that I am so familiar with,” he said. “But I also realize the difficulty in how it can fish in March and fishing against the greatest anglers in the world. There is no telling what the conditions will be. It could be cold and muddy with a chance of snow or if we get lucky, there could be a warming trend and that could bring the fish shallow. There are a lot of things that could happen, and when you put the best anglers in the world on it; we’ll just have to see what happens.”
“I wouldn’t have a chance to be in this tournament if it wasn’t for great partners,” he said. “And an extra special thanks to Ranger Boats and my other sponsors for supporting me, and stepping up for the fans with this contest.”
There is no purchase necessary. Go to Watson4win.com to sign up and for official rules.
Watson4win.com is brought to through a great partnership of these fine sponsors: Ranger Boats, Luck-E-Strike, Bass Pro Shops, Simms Fishing, Maxima Fishing Line, TH Marine, and Uranus Fudge Factory.
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