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RANGER PRO BRETT HITE OFF TO RECORD-SETTING PACE IN 2008
Arizona pro becomes youngest angler ever to win back-to-back FLW Tour level eventsFLIPPIN, AR (March 25, 2008) At the pace he's on, Ranger Pro Brett Hite could join FLW's exclusive millionaire's club in the next month. After winning two FLW tour-level events in less than two weeks (and pocketing $200,000 in first-place prize money plus $50,000 in Ranger Boats Owner Bonus money), Hite is off to one of the hottest starts in FLW history.
Hite, fishing both the FLW Tour and the FLW Western Series in a new Ranger Z520, began his 2008 season by winning the FLW Tour season opener on Florida's Lake Toho on March 2. Less than two weeks later, he took home the FLW Western Series opener on the California Delta with a four-day combined weight of 106 pounds, 11 ounces. Already less than a month into his FLW tournament year, Hite has qualified for this year's Forrest Wood Cup, giving himself a shot at $1 million in prize money and Ranger bonus contingency, and also leads the FLW Angler of the Year points race in both the FLW Tour and FLW Western Series divisions.
Hite's amazing momentum actually stems back to the final two events of the 2007 season. With a top-ten finish on California's Clear Lake, followed by a 13th place finish in the inaugural FLW Series East/West Fish-off, Hite left himself poised to begin 2008 the same way he finished 2007, and so far he's done just that.
In his sixth season of fishing FLW tour-level events, Hite has joined the ranks of western anglers making their presence known on a national level. The 29-year-old Hite chalks up his hot start to the 2008 season to experience and believing in what he's doing.
"When you have confidence in what you're doing, you don't second-guess yourself," Hite said. "Having faith in your equipment is a big part of that. It's why I've been so excited about my new Z520. This total performance machine has been the perfect complement to my focus on fishing."
Prior to this season, Hite's only other FLW win came in a Stren Western Division event in 2003 on his native Arizona's Lake Pleasant.
"We're fortunate as a company to have so many accomplished anglers who represent our brand so well," said Ranger Boats President, Randy Hopper. "Brett is certainly one of those pros who has made a name for himself and continues to perform at an unbelievably high level. We congratulate Brett for his recent success and look forward to another incredible year for Ranger anglers."
Only one other angler in FLW history, fellow Ranger Pro Darrell Robertson, has won back-to-back events. Robertson became the first in 1999 by winning the FLW Championship event on Oklahoma's Lake Ft. Gibson followed by the Ranger M1 Tournament at Cypress Gardens.
Last 4 Tournaments
1st Place – California Delta (FLW Western Series)
1st Place – Lake Tohopekaliga (FLW Tour)
13th Place* – FLW Series East/West Fish-Off
8th Place – Clear Lake (FLW Western Series)
*Automatically qualified for 2008 Forrest Wood Cup
About Ranger Boats
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest quality, strongest performing boats on the water.
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