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Defending champion heads HI-SEAS challenge

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Current Bassmaster Classic Champion, Casey Ashley, will be fishing HI-SEAS Fluorocarbon at this weekend’s event.
↑ Jacob Powroznik: One of the four Elite pros representing American Fishing Wire brand, HI-SEAS, at the Bassmaster Classic.
↑ Albert Collins (left) and Bill Lowen make up the four anglers fishing with HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon at this weekend's Bassmaster Classic.

Four elite pros, including the current holder, will represent HI-SEAS at this weekend’s 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

Current champion Casey Ashley will be joined by Bill Lowen, Jacob Powroznik and Albert Collins at the Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees, in Tulsa, and will be using HI-SEAS fishing line during the three-day event.

Last year Ashley won using HI-SEAS 100% Fluorocarbon line in the freezing cold temperatures on Lake Hartwell, South Carolina. “I caught every fish I weighed on the classic 10lb line,” remembers Ashley.

“I was actually a little worried when the guides on my rod were freezing every 45 seconds that the ice would fray my line, but it didn’t. HI-SEAS line still impresses me with its strength. Now for sure there is no doubt in my mind that it can withstand any conditions it’s faced with.

“This year I will be using 100% Fluorocarbon 20lb and 10lb. I am hoping there will be a jig bite which I plan to throw on 20lb line. I will also be casting a jerkbait or crankbait on 10lb.”

Bill Lowen is relying on the durability of the line. “I want a fluorocarbon that is easy to handle, has maximum sensitivity and is abrasion resistant. That’s why I will be using HI-SEAS 12lb, 15lb and 20lb Fluorocarbon during the Classic.”

Jacob Powroznik feels the same. “This week I will be fishing 10lb to 20lb. It is as hard as nails and I know it won’t fail me.”

Albert Collins has just joined the HI-SEAS Pro Staff roster for 2016. “I am excited to be part of the team and am looking forward to working with and promoting the brand.

“I have been fishing with the Fluorocarbon Line and am 100% satisfied with its performance – it will be my choice at the Bassmaster Classic.”

Ashley is the second HI-SEAS pro to hold the title of Bassmaster Classic Champion in the last four years, following in the footsteps of Cliff Pace, who won the trophy in 2014 using the same line.

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