News Release

Williamson wins BASS title in Georgia for seventh consecutive Mercury victory

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (May 27, 2010) – Jason Williamson of Wagener, S.C., nabbed the sixth consecutive BASS Elite win by Mercury Marine-powered anglers when he claimed the Pride of Georgia title Sunday in Evans, Georgia.

Additionally, all-world angler Kevin VanDam – also a Mercury-powered angler – won the Bassmaster Classic in February, making it a clean sweep for Mercury pros in major 2010 events so far. On top of that, Mercury angler Skeet Reese holds a huge lead in the Angler of the Year standings.

All the winning Mercury anglers this year have been powered by Pro XS 250 hp engines and MotorGuide trolling motors (a division of Mercury).

Williamson entered the final day of the four-day event in the lead after hauling in the biggest fish of the tournament – a 7-pound, 12-ounce monster – on Saturday.

Elite rookie Cliff Crochet of Pierre Part, La., climbed into the lead with only Williamson still waiting to weigh his catch. Williamson needed 7 pounds, 8 ounces for the win, and his five-fish limit weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces – good enough for the $100,000 first-place prize money. His four-day total was 53 pounds, 6 ounces.

"Words can’t describe how it feels to win in front of these folks," Williamson told the crowd. "I won a lot of money from that spot but I just couldn’t get anything started today (Sunday). I wish I hadn’t run up there but I just had to go. I was regretting it all day."

The BASS Elite tour moves to Kentucky Lake near Paris, Tenn., June 10-13.

Steve Fleming
Mercury Marine