Professional angler Russ Lane of Alabama has joined the Phoenix Boats pro staff. Lane will run a Phoenix 721 ProXP powered by a Yamaha 250 SHO. The Phoenix 721 ProXP features a totally enclosed console design, hand-laid hull with AME 5000 resins, superior knit type fiberglass cloth and all composites.
"Phoenix boats are designed and built by great folks in Tennessee who truly have a passion for the sport of bass fishing,” Lane said. “They recognize there is more to a tournament-ready bass boat than just going fast in a straight line. The 721 ProXP has a Diamond Vee hull design that will hold true in the tightest turns and provides the softest ride I've ever experienced.”
Lane has competed six years as a full-time pro and has amassed $579,743 in tour-level career winnings. He won the Bassmaster Elite Series post-season “Ramada Trophy Chase” on Lake Jordan in 2010 after qualifying among the Top 12 in the Elite Series season points standings.
Lane is qualified for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic world championship, his fourth appearance in the prestigious event, and will run the Phoenix 721 ProXP in it. He plans to compete on the Bassmaster Elite Series, FLW Tour Opens and PAA Tournament Series in 2011.
"After seeing Russ in the Bassmaster Opens this year and visiting with him at our headquarters, it was obvious he is the type person who we want representing us,” said Gary Clouse, founder of Phoenix Boats. “Russ is a great person and angler. We are excited to have him fishing from a Phoenix in the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans and in future tournaments."
Lane is eager to begin breaking in his new Phoenix 721 ProXP and start fishing while preparing for the 2011 tournament season. He joins fellow Elite Series pro Greg Hackney of Louisiana on the Phoenix pro-staff for the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series season.
“I make my living when the trolling motor is down and this is when the Phoenix really shines,” Lane said. “The 721 ProXP has enormous deck space, a balanced fishing platform and a unique tackle storage system that are just a few of the many qualities that made my decision to join the Phoenix family an easy one."
Phoenix Boats is a Tennessee corporation headquartered in Tullahoma, Tenn., in a modern, 50,000-square foot facility on 10 acres.