Don Ray Gear and the Southern Kingfish Association are proud to announce our partnership for 2016 season. Building upon our successful 2015 relationship, Don Ray Gear will become the official apparel sponsor and supplier of the 2016 SKA Pro Tour. In addition, in partnership with Bucket Innovations we will be launching our comprehensive apparel and captains bucket program for all SKA sanctioned events and SKA members.
Casey Holder, CEO of Don Ray Gear and Bucket Innovations and Zach Railey Co-Owner and Head of Marine Sales for Don Ray Gear and Bucket Innovations finalized the agreement at the SKA Corporate offices in Sarasota Florida on February 4 2016.
“We are excited about our continued partnership and growth with the SKA. We are an angler first company and are proud to support the SKA tournaments and anglers. We want our product in the hands of the anglers and this allows a path for our company to reach the grass roots of the angling community.”
In launching our 2016 Tournament program we are providing the opportunity for a one-stop shop for your apparel and captains bucket needs. We understand that apparel and captains buckets are an opportunity to bring in sponsors, supporters and charity donations. The new program will give each tournament director and board the ability to leverage these relationships and increase the exposure for those who make the event possible.
For our angler program we will offer any SKA member the ability to have buckets and shirts for their tournament team, sponsors and supporters. We will also be selecting teams to join the Don Ray Gear Fishing Team in 2016. Benefits will include discounted product, boat wraps and marketing opportunities at events throughout the year.
As part of our program all participating teams in the 2016 Mercury Pro Tour will receive (2) of our patented rope handle Bucket Innovations pails. In addition, each team will receive (5) Pro Tour Dry Fit Don Ray Gear Pro Series Shirts. These will feature a custom art piece by legendary Marine Artist Don Ray. To add to the fun of the North vs South Pro Tour divisions we will have distinguishing colors for the division you represent on tour.
For the 2016 National Championship in Ft. Pierce, FL all teams will receive a patented rope handle Bucket Innovations pail and Don Ray Gear will be the official apparel supplier for the Nationals. Again for this event, legendary Marine Artist Don Ray will be designing a custom art piece for the buckets and apparel.
We are looking forward to a great year! The 2016 Tournament and Angler program will allow tournaments and teams large and small to access fantastic products at discounted prices. This program is a commitment from our company to take an angler first approach and grow our brand through those who fish our products!