MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (October 14, 2020) – Bass Cat Boats, a leading manufacturer of tournament-ready, high-performance bass boats, has added veteran Bass Pro Tour competitor Mark Rose to the company’s national pro team, bolstering an already stout staff with one of the sport’s most respected anglers.
Over the course of his career, the 49 year-old Rose is fourth on FLW’s all-time leading money winners, tied for fourth in career wins, and is the only angler to win back-to-back FLW Pro Tour events. He accomplished that latter feat with victories on Lake Travis and Lake Guntersville in February of 2017. The following season he claimed the circuit’s coveted Angler of the Year title.
“Obviously, we are thrilled to get an angler of Mark’s caliber and accomplishments at this point in his career,” said Bass Cat President Rick Pierce. “I’ve followed him for decades so I know that we’re getting an upstanding citizen and premier competitor.”
Rose similarly had his eye on Bass Cat throughout his career thanks to a random encounter with Pierce at a tournament years ago. They were “sharing a fishing hole,” Rose recalled, and Pierce struck up a conversation. “He made the comment that he had followed me and he liked what I stood for. He wasn’t giving me a hard sell or putting any pressure on me. I never forgot that.” Indeed, while Rose is impressed with the boats, the factor that sealed the deal to join the BCB team was the family atmosphere. “It was the values, more than anything, that drew me in. Not just at Bass Cat, but also at their parent company Correct Craft, which gives a lot back. I spent a lot of time in prayer about this decision, and the people, the quality, performance, innovation, and loyalty of the Bass Cat family is something I want to be a part of.”
In 2021 Rose will run a Cougar FTD, powered by a Mercury 250 horsepower Pro XS four-stroke engine. He was excited on his tour of the Bass Cat factory to note that the company uses products from General Tire, his title sponsor. Additionally, the boat will be outfitted with products from Bob’s Jackplates, DD26, Power Pole and Bass Boat Technologies.
“I’ve competed against Mark, both here in Arkansas and nationally, and I know that he’s both a gentleman and a fierce competitor,” said Pro Staff Director Kevin Short. “I know that he will represent us exceptionally because he adds a layer of professionalism and seriousness to everything he does.”
About Bass Cat: Bass Cat, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures the industry’s premier bass fishing boats from its headquarters in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Family operated since its founding in 1971, Bass Cat is the longest continuously operating tournament bass boat company in the United States. For more information visit www.basscat.com.
About Correct Craft: Celebrating 94 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. Focused on “Making Life Better,” the Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, Parker, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, Watershed Innovation and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.