Academy Sports + Outdoors Pro Clinches REDCREST Victory

TULSA, OK – Academy Sports + Outdoors Pro Bobby Lane is the 2022 Major League Fishing REDCREST Champion. Lane secured the victory by catching 10 scorable bass for a total weight of 29 pounds, 14 ounces, including his biggest bass weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces, on Championship Round Sunday to earn his first MLF REDCREST trophy.

Lane’s Championship Sunday round success came after a slow start to begin the morning. In the final period, he boated several key fish to move up the leaderboard in the last couple hours. Trailing fellow Academy Sports + Outdoors pro Jacob Wheeler as time ticked down, Lane was able to catch a 2 pound scorable bass in the final minutes to give him the win.

“This moment is what I have been working tirelessly for my entire career, and I cannot thank my family, friends and partners enough for the outpouring of support,” said REDCREST Champion and Academy Sports + Outdoors Pro Bobby Lane. “Working with the Academy team to use the best fishing gear on the market and having their support for my career makes me proud to represent them. Having dependable gear that I can trust under any condition gives me a sense of confidence come tournament day.”

Throughout the tournament and on Championship Sunday, Lane used gear available at Academy Sports + Outdoors, which is the best place to purchase Abu Garcia rods and reels, Berkley baits and lures, and SpiderWire fishing line, the same used by Lane to win this tournament. Lane utilized a Berkley Frittside crankbait to catch the majority of his fish this week and switched to a shallow presentation late on the final day catching the winning fish on a jig.

“The team at Academy is excited for Bobby and his outstanding performance in the 2022 REDCREST Championship,” said Lawrence Lobpries, Academy Sports + Outdoors’ senior vice president of marketing. “We are proud of the hard work and dedication that Bobby Lane has put in to reach this exciting moment in his career. Academy is happy to support and celebrate him in his REDCREST Victory.”

Academy Sports + Outdoors has 259 stores where customers can find a wide assortment of fishing products including rods and reels, baits, lures, fish finders, tackle, storage, waders, kayaks, sunglasses, fishing apparel, footwear and more.

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About Academy

Academy is a leading full-line sporting goods and outdoor recreation retailer in the United States. Originally founded in 1938 as a family business in Texas, Academy has grown to 259 stores across 16 contiguous states. Academy’s mission is to provide “Fun for All” and Academy fulfills this mission with a localized merchandising strategy and value proposition that strongly connects with a broad range of consumers. Academy’s product assortment focuses on key categories of outdoor, apparel, footwear and sports & recreation through both leading national brands and a portfolio of 20 private label brands, which go well beyond traditional sporting goods and apparel offerings.

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