Congratulations to Matt Kotch and Erik Landesfeind for winning the 2013 SWBA Angler of the year!
Awards ceremony complete with a champagne spray.
As one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of premium rod blanks and components in the industry, we here at Batson Enterprises deal with a huge and varied customer base. Our reputation for quality and service is well-known around the world, and we are very serious about selecting only the most qualified candidates to represent us in the field on our Batson Enterprises/Team RainShadow Pro Staff.
These individuals are not just great anglers, but great people as well. They must not only spread the word about our premium products, but do so with the highest level of respect and sportsmanship. As our Pro Staff constantly grows, we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our newest team members. After careful consideration, we feel they have what it takes to be affiliated with our brand.
Laura Ann Foshee
Nineteen year old Darien Craig from Hayden, Alabama is an up and coming young gun with the drive, passion, and determination to make it big in the world of bass fishing. As a young boy his interest in fishing was sparked by his grandfather, who continues to be both an influence and a fishing partner to this day. During his time at Hayden High School, Darien founded their first-ever bass club and quickly became engrossed in tournament fishing. With hopes of one day reaching the pinnacle of the sport, Darien strives to constantly improve his fishing skills by spending long days on the water figuring out the habits of bass to help give him a competitive edge. Currently focusing on fishing as a non-boater in the FLW Everstart Series and B.A.S.S. Southern Opens, just a couple of his past tournament accomplishments include numerous top 10 finishes and assisting with earning several ASABFA State Champion and Team of the Year titles. Darien is currently sponsored by several notable companies in the industry and is attending Jefferson State Community College pursuing a degree in Business Marketing. Batson Enterprises/Team RainShadow™ welcomes Darien aboard our Pro Staff!
Tammy and Laura Ann Foshee from Gardendale, Alabama are a mother-daughter bass fishing duo with a true passion for the sport. Tammy not only works at prominent lure manufacturer Big Bite Baits, but she is also the head coach of the Gardendale Rockets High School Bass fishing team. Laura Ann just happens to be a member of that team, and along with her teammates they will be fishing a full roster of events in the fall/winter 2013 season at popular lakes such as Guntersville and Lewis Smith. Batson Enterprises/Team RainShadow is not only excited about sponsoring these two, but the entire Gardendale Rockets bass fishing team as well! We understand how important it is to instill respect and appreciation for the outdoors in our youth, and we are proud to help support this group of deserving young anglers. We look forward to following along with the team and wish them the best of luck!
Team Rainshadow, Karry Batson, Bill Batson and Keller Batson did well in the Washington Tuna Classic. There were 52 teams competing this year; what a great turn out! The real winner is the Wounded Warrior Foundation that all proceeds go to!
We placed 5th place overall 55 boats and a 2nd in the Double down.
Check out the results here http://washingtontunaclassic.com/prior-years-results/2013-wtc-results
More Than Just A REVELATION From Batson Enterprises
Introduction: Batson Enterprises is one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of rod blanks and components in the entire world. Based in Washington state, they carry several brands like RainShadow, Alps, and Forecast under their name. While they supply parts to many individual rod builders, they also deal with some of the largest rod companies around. This year at ICAST, they unleashed not only a variety of new products, but a whole new image as well.
For the last 4 years, Colville, Washington multi-tournament angler winner and seminar speaker Nik Autrey has been a valuable member of our pro staff team. As one of the hot “young guns” of tournament Bass fishing, 19 year old Nik has built himself a rock solid reputation through many strong tournament finishes. Fearlessly versatile in his approach, he holds the distinction of being a 4 time Washington state champion, as well as amassing several “Angler of the Year” awards from 3 different Bass clubs. Hot off the heels of his already impressive accomplishments, Nik and his partner blew past the field last October in Alabama, taking home the prestigious B.A.S.S. Junior World Championship title.
Nik has truly demonstrated he is able to dominate on any body of water across the country. He has been a dedicated student of Bass fishing since a young age, and is working hard to continue his meteoric rise to the top of the sport. For 2013 he will be focusing his efforts on competing in the Northwest Bass Challenge Circuit, as well as the Inland Empire Bass Club tournament series. By next year, Nik plans to go full bore working towards his ultimate goal of fishing the B.A.S.S. and FLW tournament trails.
When competing on the tournament trail, your gear must function at the highest level while retaining extreme durability. Knowing this, Nik chooses to use custom rods built using our RainShadow™ blanks and ALPS™ components. He attributes much of his success to gear that allows him to perform at his absolute best, while being able to withstand the absolute worst. We look forward to our continued partnership with Nik well into the future!
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