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South Dakota Elite Walleye Series Partners with Warrior Boats For 2017 Season

For Immediate Release, April 19, 2017

All Series Events to be Televised in 2017

Pukwana, SD, March 13, 2017: The South Dakota Elite Walleye Series is proud to announce that Warrior Boats, Inc. has been named the main title sponsor for the upcoming 2017 season. “This partnership gives the South Dakota Elite Walleye Series and our anglers, the type of publicity that we all need to keep growing. I can’t thank Kent Andersen and the folks at Warrior Boats enough for stepping up to become our main sponsor.

All of our sponsors have been great and are the ones that are truly responsible for getting us to the next level of professionalism here at the SD Elite Walleye Series ”, said series owner, Brock Dufrain. Warrior Boats joins the other series sponsors that include Scheels All Sports, Towtector, Great Lakes Marine, Lowrance, Mercury Marine, Smooth Move, Shore Lunch, NPAA, and SD Walleyes Unlimited.

Dufrain, who lives in rural Pukwana, SD, said that each series event will be recorded this season and will be shown on Wild Dakota, a South Dakota based outdoor show. To Dufrain’s knowledge, this is the first South Dakota based professional fishing circuit that has been televised.

Based in Melrose, MN, Warrior Boats, Inc. is owned by a group of dedicated anglers with decades of fishing experience who take a unique approach to their market. To ensure that they deliver the ultimate fishing experience to their customers, they don’t rush production. Instead, they prefer to focus on workmanship and their dedication to quality.

The South Dakota Elite Walleye Series is a professional walleye circuit that operates in South Dakota. The series, which is in its third season, attracts both professional and non-professional anglers from a five- state area to compete in their events. Dufrain credits the anglers for making this tournament circuit successful.

“It’s that anglers that make this series attractive to Warrior Boats. Our anglers are true professionals. They are all very competitive, especially on game day...many of them are good friends and are happy to celebrate each other’s successes at the end of the day”, he said.

In 2017, the SD Elite Walleye Series has 6 one-day events on the schedule. Event sites in 2017 are Chamberlain, Big Stone Lake, Bitter Lake, Platte, Lake Sharpe and Lake Poinsett. The 2017 season concludes with a two-day championship which will be held in Pierre, SD. For more information on the South Dakota Elite Walleye Series or their events, please visit www.sdews.net.

Won for dad: Adam Andersen Takes First David A. Andersen Memorial Warrior Boats Tournament

For Immediate Release, August 24, 2016

You can’t make this up. Not even in Hollywood.

Adam Andersen, son of the namesake of the first David A. Andersen Memorial Warrior Boats Shootout, walked away from the field on Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods Saturday, taking first place barely two weeks after his dad’s untimely passing, using the Warrior model his dad helped re-design when he helped bring the company back from the brink in 2011.

Conducted under AIM’s unique Catch-Record-Release™ format that the late David A. Andersen helped promote, Adam bested the field with 35.28 pounds for this one-day event, winning Adam, of Amery, WI and partner Jason Evenson, of Luck, WI, $2,500.

The pair did it all in a Warrior 2090 Tiller that Andersen’s dad had re-designed after becoming a co-owner of Warrior, now based in Melrose, MN.

Adam Andersen, who’s also competing in this week’s AIM Weekend Walleye Series (AWWS) Yamaha Motor Corp. Minnesota Division Championship, said he did it pulling lead core over the mud on Lake of the Woods in choppy conditions, just like his dad liked it. Warrior Boats LLC is a presenting sponsor of the AWWS.

“We were out in deep water over the mud using crank baits, and we found a few fish pre-fishing and hoped they’d be still there,” Andersen said. We knew we’d have to stick it out all day and pick one off here and there and we started actually pretty quick with a 26-1/2-incher, and had that one taken care of and back trolling before we even saw another boat coming.”

That one was followed by a 24-1/2-incher, and its twin. “We knew that if we rode it out all day maybe we’d get lucky, and later on in the afternoon we did, and the rest is history,” he said. That win was enforced by a 27-1/4-incher, the last fish they recorded on their card.

“It felt great. I’ve fished a few big tournaments and obviously you want to win’em all, but my partner and I both talked, and I don’t think we ever wanted to win quite as bad as I wanted to win this one, for obvious reasons,” said Andersen, who helped his dad oversee a custom home construction business.

Andersen said that he was hoping for Lake of the Woods to turn grumpy to give him an edge, and right on time, it did, pushing up 4-footers from the start as the field went through the “gap” near the tournament HQ, Wigwam Resort, and into the main lake, just like his dad liked to fish in.

“Thankfully conditions were a little tougher, and that messes with people’s heads, and they start thinking about other things, not fishing. As soon as we went through the gap and saw the boats flying in the air, we were hoopin’ and hollerin’ and we were off, like something was pushing us,” he said. Or, someone.

“The others were still fishing but they weren’t concentrating. I’m sure that helped. The waves weren’t the biggest I’ve ever fished in but they were straight out of the north, so the more we ran, the better they got.” That gives you an inkling as to where they found their fish. But, the problem was, Andersen added, everyone else had a Warrior boat in this tourney, too, and they had one of the best rough weather boats in the business to contend with the conditions. That won’t be true for the championship Friday and Saturday.

As they road back in to their win, Andersen said, he thought of his dad, and how happy he would have been to see his son win the first-ever tournament named for one of the co-owners of both AIM, and Warrior.

“I imagined he would have been pretty happy. But the ride in it was pretty hard. On every tournament, I’d always get a phone call, and it’d be ‘well, how’d you do?’ It was tough,” Andersen said.

The awards ceremony, by all accounts, also was tough. And, celebratory at the same time. Because on a choppy, day on Lake of the Woods that David Andersen would have loved, a win brought both solace and victory to someone who needed it, in a Warrior-tough boat. Yup, dad would have been proud.

AIM Weekend Walleye Series/Warrior Boats National Boat Shootout May 29-30

For Immediate Release, March 20, 2015

Sixteen teams will come. Each the best in their division. Each with an equal chance.

But, as the axiom goes, on any given day, any team can beat any other team. And, that's true in the AIM Weekend Walleye Series/Warrior-Yamaha Shootout.

So when those "Sweet 16" get the green flag on Lac Qui Parle lake in western Minnesota, on that Friday and Saturday, only one will walk away the victor of the richest tournament of its kind.

That team will be towing home a Warrior V1898DC boat with a 150hp Yamaha outboard hanging on the stern, worth upwards of $50,000, the spoils of qualifying events that began 13 months and thousands of hours on the water earlier.

The V1898 is built by fishermen, for fishermen, and is also a serious family fun platform. It features huge rod storage, and is versatile enough that the winner can take the family water skiing or a casual boat ride. It's the only fiberglass boat built where passengers actually look through the windshield, not over it.

"The top 16 coming out of our qualifying tournaments that took place last summer in Minnesota and Wisconsin didn't know where they'd be competing until this winter on purpose," said Denny Fox, AIM Weekend Walleye Series (AWWS) national tournament director. "We kept the location secret so no one had an advantage. That's the beauty of our format. The AWWS is designed for all of us weekend warriors who love the sport and want to preserve the resource at the same time. Our tournament format gives every team a shot at being a hero on the water."

Like most of the teams themselves, Lac Qui Parle Lake, located on the Minnesota River system about 120 miles west of Minneapolis and just north of Montevideo, MN; is not as well- known as other Midwest water bodies. But it's guaranteed that this tournament will change that.

"We wanted to be sure that the teams will be on a good bite, and not be on a lake where they have to run 40 miles to find it" Fox said. "It has seen very limited tournament activity, so it's relatively new water for just about all the teams."

Added AIM Chairman Brett King, "The championship location was announced purposely in the dead of winter so no team is allowed to fish it through the ice or on open water until tournament pre-fishing begins".

"For most of these teams, this is the biggest fishing event of their lives. Releasing the location this way leveled the playing field even more and watching them go all out each day of the tournament will be something to see" said King, himself a pro tournament angler. "Releasing the location this way also complements AIM's unique Catch-Record-Release (C-R-R) format to a tee," he added.

Once a fish is netted, it is placed on a standardized bump board ruler given to each boat, photographed to verify its length using an AIM SD photo card, its length is recorded on paper, and then returned to the water. The SD card photo is then used to verify all measurements. The length of each fish is converted to pounds using our scientifically accurate AIM conversion chart to the nearest hundredth of a pound.

Jeff Randall is a local tournament sponsor, and owner of the Milan Beach Resort, where competitors will launch. He agrees that Lac Qui Parle, (pronounced lak-ka-par-l), French and Dakota words for "the lake that speaks," is perfect for AIM.

"This lake was formed by damming the Minnesota River and offers nearly every kind of fishing technique that's out there for walleye for competitors to try," Randall said. "You can troll with spinners or rigs, snap jig the shallows, and use any other technique out there. They'll have to really pull everything out their bag of tricks. Whoever is going to walk away with that Warrior boat/Yamaha motor package is going to earn every piece of it."

"This is by far the largest tournament to ever hit this water," Randall added. "I see no reason during a tourney to hold a fish for seven hours in a live well; measure it, then release it. C-R-R virtually assures that the fish these anglers catch will be healthy and left near the exact spots where they were caught, ready for anyone to use the same techniques in the same spots, and catch them again."

"We have a great population of walleyes and a great stocking program as well, with lots of high-quality fish. I expect to see some 10-pounders up on that picture board at the virtual weigh-in."

Teams will pre-fish the 18-mile-long lake averaging 15 feet deep starting at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 25, through 2 p.m. Thursday, May 28. Each tournament day, boats will launch from the resort at 7 a.m., and must be back at the dock by 3 p.m.

The weigh-in at the American Legion at Montevideo starts at 6 p.m. May 29 and 30. Attendees will get to see photos of the fish that the teams scored and hear how they were caught. The public is encouraged to attend.


Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM) is a unique tournament organization created and owned by many of the most accomplished and recognizable professional walleye anglers, along with others who share the mission of advancing competitive walleye fishing and making it sustainable into the future. AIM is committed to marketing excellence on behalf of its tournament competitors, the tournament host communities, and the brands that partner with it. AIM is also committed to maintaining healthy fisheries across the nation by the development of the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release format which is integral to its dynamic events and unparalleled consumer engagement. For more information about AIM AIM Pro Walleye Series, AIM Weekend Walleye Series, AIM sponsors and AIM anglers, visit www.aimfishing.com.

AIM Marketing Partners: Yamaha Marine, Warrior Boats, Nitro Boats, Mercury Marine, Amsoil, Navionics, Powrtran, Power Pole, Worldwide Marine Insurance, Off Shore Tackle, Team Lodge, National Fleet Graphics, Gemini Sport Marketing, The City of Oconto, Montevideo Chamber of Commerce, Montevideo American Legion Post #59, Randall's Milan Beach Resort.

Warrior Boats returns to AIM as a Presenting Sponsor in 2015

For Immediate Release: March 17, 2015

Take an angler-owned company building boats made for family fun on the water, whether your niche is fishing or water-skiing.

Combine it with a one-of-a-kind tournament series tailor-made for the average guy or gal that promotes fishing while protecting the resource. It's no wonder that Warrior Boats and the AIM Weekend Walleye Series are marketing partners, said Kent Andersen, national sales manager for the Melrose, Minnesota manufacturer of serious fun on the water.

"The biggest reason we became the presenting sponsor for the AIM Weekend Walleye Series is that we're a privately owned company owned by fishermen, and AIM is also owned by fishermen, so it's a perfect fit," Andersen said. "We feel it is a great opportunity to be involved with a great tournament format. Warrior strongly believes in AIM's C-R-R (Catch-Record-Release) formula that preserves the resource by not taking any fish from a lake."

AIM National Tournament Director Denny Fox echoed Andersen's comments. "AIM is very proud to have such a quality sponsor like Warrior as a partner to promote its excellent line of boats, but also advance sound conservation of resources that guarantees that when our tournaments are over, local anglers can learn where and how to catch the same walleye that our teams did the day before, because they'll still be in the lake," Fox explained.

All AIM tournaments use the C-R-R format pioneered by AIM in its Pro Walleye Series. Each fish caught is photographed on an official "bump board" ruler the teams received at the start of each tournament day. The walleye is then released to the same water where it was caught within minutes, virtually assuring survival.

The top five fish for each team are entered during the "virtual weigh-in" at the end of each four one-day divisional qualifying tournament, in each of three divisions across the Midwest—Minnesota, Wisconsin and , new in 2015, Great Lakes. The top 16 teams who qualified last year's tournaments in Minnesota and Wisconsin will compete in the upcoming 2015 AIM Warrior Shootout Championship, May 29 and 30, on Minnesota's Lac Qui Parle.

Winner of the Shootout goes home with a new Warrior V1898DC, powered by a 150-hp Yamaha four-stroke worth more than $45,000. The 1898 is one of six models in the Warrior lineup.

"The DC stands for dual console, and the 1898 is a great multi-purpose boat. You can take the family out water skiing one day and go fishing in it the next," Andersen said.

The boat features a large rear livewell, two cooler compartments, a huge rod locker, snap-out carpeting and Warrior's Smart Trolling Keel that gives its boats a ride that other manufacturers can only dream of.

"Our boats are known as one of the best riding on the market and the driest built, period. We've got the only fiberglass boats in the industry that puts you behind the windshield, not looking over it," Andersen said. Add Warrior's best-in-class lifetime warranty, use of fiberglass stringers in construction instead of wood, and a custom Warrior trailer, and it's no wonder company sales are growing by double digits each year.

"This is a great pairing. The AIM Weekend Walleye Series is getting our products in front of our core audience, and we know we can grow with them to build both our brands," Andersen said. "We look at this as a long-term partnership."

AIM will be hosting weekend qualifying tournaments in four states for the 2016 championship. For more information including registration forms, go to www.aimfishing.com

Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM) is a unique tournament organization created and owned by many of the most accomplished and recognizable professional walleye anglers, along with others who share the mission of advancing competitive walleye fishing and making it sustainable into the future. AIM is committed to marketing excellence on behalf of its tournament competitors, the tournament host communities, and the brands that partner with it. AIM is also committed to maintaining healthy fisheries across the nation by the development of the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release format which is integral to its dynamic events and unparalleled consumer engagement. For more information about AIM, AIM Pro Walleye Series, AIM Weekend Walleye Series, AIM sponsors and AIM anglers, visit www.aimfishing.com.

AIM Marketing Partners: Yamaha Marine, Warrior Boats, Nitro Boats, MercuryMarine, Amsoil, Navionics, Powertran, Power Pole, Worldwide Marine Insurance, Off
Shore Tackle, Team Lodge, National Fleet Graphics, Gemini Sport Marketing, The City of Oconto.

Justin Schneider Joins Warrior Boats Pro Staff

Melrose, MN - Warrior Boats is proud to welcome Justin Schneider of Chilton, WI to their pro-staff for the 2015 season. Schneider will be running a Warrior 203 dual console with a 300hp Yamaha motor.

There were several factors that made Warrior the boat of choice for the young walleye pro. "I test drove a 203 in 3'-5' waves and was blown away by the way it handled and kept me dry." Anxious for the 2015 season to start, he commented on a recent tournament held in adverse weather, "Watching the Warrior boats at Escanaba, it was clear they are the best boat on the market for big water. They definitely give you a competitive advantage under rough conditions."

Kent Andersen, National Sales Manager of Warrior Boats stated, "We are really excited to bring Justin on board with his enthusiasm. He believes in our product as much as we do and will be a great asset to the big water walleye market."

Schneider will be working with Tomahawk Sports Center out of Tomahawk, WI. He will be available to give test rides and answer questions about the boat.

Based in Melrose, MN, Warrior Boats is owned by dedicated anglers with decades of fishing and watercraft experience. Their hull design is second to none, with a keel that keeps in constant contact with the water to cut through waves and minimize pounding. Engineers listen to the needs of both recreational and tournament fishermen to add features to new models to enhance the Warrior experience. With a lifetime hull warranty and three year topside warranty, the company shows their dedication to quality craftsmanship.

Thompson And Horgen Win Awws Alumacraft Championship; Herd And Herd Take Team Of The Year

With a 40hp Yamaha powered Alumacraft 165 Escape tiller on the line, Danny Thompson and Bjorn Horgen put 51.21lbs of walleye on their card to win the AIM Weekend Walleye Series (AWWS) “Alumacraft Championship” on Minnesota’s Lake Winnibigoshish.

The duo started fishing in Cut Foot Sioux Lake for a few hours each morning before heading out to chase fish on the main lake. At the end of day one the team was in second place, four pounds behind the leaders. They were mostly running bottom bouncers with livebait in 16 to 35 feet of water at 1.0mph or rigging chubs when they needed to slow down. The team also spent a short time snapping Jigging Raps. "It was really a grind for us," said Thompson "We had to keep a positive attitude." That isn't always easy when you lose a fish at a critical moment. "We lost a big one with only four fish on the card, but we managed to get one more," said Thompson.

Those five fish would total 23.80lbs, enough to put them almost four pounds ahead of the day one leaders, earning the victory and the $13,500 Alumacraft/Yamaha boat, motor and trailer package. "We had a great season and a lot of fun fishing AIM. We look forward to the Shootout next year. It should be a lot of fun with only 20 boats," said Horgen.

After leading on day one, Tyler Wolden and Jack Bonsack started their day at the same spot in Cut Foot Sioux that was so generous to them the day before. With additional boat traffic and fish that just weren't going for them, they had to scramble around on the main lake to put together a scorecard with 16.26lbs. The moves paid off, putting four of the five weigh-fish on the card in the last few hours of fishing. The team switched off between snap jigging and rigging redtail chubs to put together a two day weight total of 47.73lbs, cashing a check for $2000.

With two days of consistent weights, Mike Lillemo and Adam Braatz took third place with 46.43lbs. Like many of the leaders, they made the run to Cut Foot Sioux early, but left by 9am on the final day. Their second stop was a main lake hump known as the “Question Mark” and they started catching good fish immediately dragging leeches on ledges in 20 feet of water. The fish would slide up and down on the ledge with the wind and seemed to be constantly on the move. When the bite slowed, the team left to try other spots but ended up returning an hour later to find the fish active again. A 25.25 inch fish topped their scorecard and the team earned a check for $1000.

The father and daughter team of Jimmy and Chelsea Bell took home $800 and fourth place honors. After weighing 21.36lbs on day one, they started day two at Cut Foot Sioux, leaving by 8:15am. They made a move to a main lake bar known as “Moses” and quickly had a card full of 22 inch plus fish. Working Jigging Raps was their top tactic, but it was a leech that Jimmy threw out with ten minutes to go that would make the difference. A 26 inch walleye took the bait, giving them a nice upgrade and a two day total of 46.06lbs. "The wind helped turn the middle of the lake on," said Jimmy. "When the Raps would die, the leeches picked up." He also noted that he did a lot of running between spots over the weekend and his Yamaha used hardly any gas. “Incredible engine,” he said.

After ending up in 12th place on day one, Chaz Dobias and Ryan Hylla jumped up to 5th place by putting 24.36lbs of walleye on their scorecard for a two day total of 44.98lbs. Like many of the leaders, they went to Cut Foot Sioux and started out using Jigging Raps before switching to redtails. Even though a lot of other boats left, they ground it out on the little lake both days, catching fish in 16-34 feet of water. They took home $700 for their efforts.

The father and son team of John and Drake Herd ended the championship in 16th place, but that finish, combined with a first place at Otter Tail and back-to-back third place finishes at the Leech Lake events earned them the Amsoil AWWS MN Team of the Year honors and a check for $2500. "We had one spot on Otter Tail that paid off," said Drake. "We didn't catch many fish on Leech, but they were the right ones." Besides having a lot of fun not worrying about fishing around slot limits this year, they enjoyed the time with each other on the water. They also credited their Warrior boat as a key to their success. "I can't say enough about my Warrior. It got us from point A to B at every tournament, regardless of conditions," stated Drake. John had this to say, “That Warrior is unbelievable! Now it's time to win another Warrior!"

Rounding out the top five in the Amsoil AWWS MN Team of the Year points race were Scott Perala and Steve Whiting; Adam Andersen and Jason Evenson; Ross and Reid Grothe; and Dan Swenson and Jeff Braaten.

These teams, along with the top five finishing teams from the MN championship, will head to the Warrior Boats “Border Battle Shootout” in the spring of 2015 where they will compete with the top finishers in the AWWS Wisconsin Divisional Championship for a Warrior 1898 DC powered by a 150hp Yamaha outboard engine. The WI AWWS Championship will be held on Green Bay September 6th and 7th.

Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM™) is a unique tournament organization created and owned by many of the most accomplished and recognizable professional walleye anglers, along with others who share the mission of advancing competitive walleye fishing and making it sustainable into the future. AIM is committed to marketing excellence on behalf of its tournament competitors, the tournament host communities, and the brands that partner with it. AIM is also committed to maintaining healthy fisheries across the nation by the development of the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release™ format which is integral to its dynamic events and unparalleled consumer engagement. For more information about AIM™, AIM Pro Walleye Series™, AIM Weekend Walleye Series, AIM sponsors and AIM anglers, visit www.aimfishing.com.

AIM Marketing Partners: Yamaha Marine, Warrior Boats, Alumacraft Boats, Nitro Boats, Mercury Marine, Navionics, Amsoil, Power Pole, Worldwide Marine Insurance, Team Lodge, Powrtran, Gemini Sport Marketing, National Fleet Graphics, and The City of Oconto.

AMSOIL AWWS MN "Team of the Year" — John & Drake Herd

Rick Olson Joins Warrior Boats Pro Staff

Melrose, MN - Veteran walleye pro Rick Olson has teamed up with Warrior Boats to become the newest member of their pro staff.

Olson, who has driven tiller boats for over 25 years of his career, is thrilled to be running the V2090 Backtroller Eagle XST, powered by an Evinrude 250 H.O.

“This boat is excellent for both my tournament and guiding needs. The hull design will allow me to tackle the waves at big water tournaments, while the spacious layout is perfect for guiding up to three clients on trips.”

The days of fatigued arms from a day of steering are also over for Olson, whose motor is equipped with Warrior’s Pro Tiller II Hydraulic Remote Steering System that controls the boat. “It’s a great feature to save your arm and shoulder,” he said.

The Mina Lake, South Dakota resident can put credibility to his name with two first place finishes, 49 top ten and 82 top twenty finishes. He has been named Angler of the Year on the PWT, FLW and NAWA circuits. His career earnings total $682,000.

Kent Andersen, National Sales Manager of Warrior is excited to have Olson as a part of the team. “Rick has a great reputation in the industry and carries himself very professionally.”

“I’ve always admired Warrior Boats and the way they handle on the water,” added Olson. “Now I have the chance to run my own.”

Based in Melrose, MN, Warrior Boats is owned by dedicated anglers with decades of fishing and watercraft experience. Their hull design is second to none, with a keel that keeps in constant contact with the water to cut through waves and minimize pounding. Engineers listen to the needs of both recreational and tournament fishermen to add features to new models to enhance the Warrior experience. With a lifetime hull warranty and three year topside warranty, the company shows their dedication to quality craftsmanship.

AIM™ Announces the Addition of Warrior Boats as a Marketing Partner

Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM™) is pleased to announce a major, multi-year marketing partnership agreement with Warrior Boats, Inc. in support of the AIM Pro Walleye Series and the newly announced AIM Weekend Walleye Series. In the spring of 2015, qualifying anglers fishing this season’s inaugural AIM Weekend Walleye Series events in Minnesota and Wisconsin will have a chance to win a brand new Warrior 1898 DC boat powered by a 150 HP Yamaha outboard. “We at Warrior Boats are extremely excited about being a Presenting Sponsor along with Yamaha Outboards for the AIM Weekend Walleye Series and the AIM Pro Walleye Series” said Kent Andersen, National Sales Manager for Warrior Boats. “Weofeel strongly that the AIM Pro Series matched with the AIM Weekend Series using the CRR process (Catch-Record-Release™) is the future of competitive walleye angling, and will make fishing tournaments sustainable for the next generation of anglers.”

Warrior Boats will also be offering on-the-water test rides at all AIM tournament events this season. Spectators and competitors are invited to get a first-hand look at Warrior’s construction features and finish details. Warrior Boats, Inc. is a Melrose, MN based boat company that is quickly growing to become a force in the industry. The owners and staff of Warrior Boats are serious fishermen dedicated to building the very best multi species fishing boats available today. For more information regarding Warrior Boats, Inc. visit their website at www.warriorboatsinc.com

“AIM is absolutely ecstatic about Warrior Boats coming onboard as a Presenting Sponsor of AIM” says AIM Board Member Brett King. “I have a lot of history with Warrior myself, and I believe it’s a perfect fit for us. The new AIM Weekend Series is the buzz of the tournament scene right now and we are glad to have them involved with it. Warrior Boats is a fisherman's company, and now they are partnering with a fisherman owned tournament organization, what more do I need to say!”
Anglers Insight Marketing, LLC™ (AIM) is a unique tournament organization created and owned by many of the most accomplished and recognizable professional walleye anglers, along with others who share the mission of advancing competitive walleye fishing and making it sustainable into the future. AIM is committed to marketing excellence on behalf of its tournament competitors, the tournament host communities, and the brands that partner with it. AIM is also committed to maintaining healthy fisheries across the nation by the development of the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release™ format which is integral to its dynamic events and unparalleled consumer engagement. For more information about AIM, AIM Pro Walleye Series™, AIM Weekend Walleye Series, AIM sponsors, and AIM anglers, visit www.aimfishing.com.
AIM Marketing Partners: Yamaha Marine, Warrior Boats, Alumacraft Boats, Navionics, Power Pole, and Worldwide Marine Insurance

Warrior Boats Partners With Yamaha Marine
To Offer Outboards from 9.9 to 300 Horsepower

Melrose, MN--Warrior Boats, owned and built by anglers, for anglers, will partner with Yamaha Marine to power its full line of boats now offered through a growing network of nearly two-dozen dealers from Montana to Ohio. "We are extremely stoked to welcome Yamaha back into the Warrior family as one of our outboard motor suppliers," said Kent Andersen, national sales manager. "As Warrior continues to add to its dealership network, linking with Yamaha Marine is big, allowing us to offer even more options to our purchasers," Andersen added.

Warrior, which has almost tripled its 2012 sales so far in 2013, will offer the full range of fuel-efficient Yamaha engines on its boats, from the F9.9 kicker, and the dual-overhead camshaft F90 tiller model, up to the F300 Offshore Four-Stroke V6. "There aren't very many in the business that are able to offer the full range of four engine manufacturers that we can provide anglers and our growing list of dealers," added David A. Andersen, who counts winning the 2005 Professional Walleye Tour championship among his many top 10 finishes. Andersen is a Warrior co-owner, and has campaigned Warrior boats in tournaments since 1997, and will run his this season in tournaments across the Midwest, including the Cabela's National Walleye Tour. Kent Andersen also will be fishing NWT events from a Warrior 2090BT. Warrior will offer Yamaha power on all its lines of four tiller, five dual console and two side console models, from its 17-foot 1783BT tiller model, to the top-of-the-line 21-21DC, 21-foot dual console. Besides the Andersens, several other pros this season will be at the helm of Warrior boats. Sauk Centre MN, resident Pete "Mr. Tiller" Harsh will be running a 2090BT Warrior in the Cabela's NWT series as well, and will also be using it in his other job as a professional guide on North Dakota's Devils Lake. Gem Lake, MN walleye pro Robert Cardenas will be campaigning a V-203DC Warrior on the Cabela's NWT, and 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series Angler of The Year walleye pro Brett King also will be fishing out of a V-203DC Warrior. On the weekend prior to NWT tournaments, the public will also have the opportunity to experience Warrior boats free during special ride-and drive events. Watch for details prior to each appearance.

Warrior Boats of Melrose, MN is pleased to announce the addition of Walleye Legend Pete Harsh to their pro staff.

Pete Harsh is well known throughout the fishing industry as, "MR.TILLER". He is a veteran professional walleye angler and fishing guide. Pete also brings with him to Warrior Boats a strong sales, marketing and promotional background in the marine industry.

Harsh is a two time Angler Of The Year, FLW ND Walleye Champion, PWT MI. Super Pro Champion, PWT Eastern Pro-Am Champion, PWT Central Champion, PWT Midwest Champion and Minnesota State Walleye Champion. A 13 time walleye tournament winner, Pete has accumulated over $800,000.00 in career winnings. He is also the all- time record holder for the most Big Fish Awards on the Professional Walleye Trail. A former, PWT Rookie of the Year, Harsh has a long history of successful competitive fishing. As a full time member of the elite Jason Mitchell's Guide Service out of Devils Lake, ND. Harsh is dedicated to helping anglers of all ages develop, sharpen, and hone their fishing skills.

Harsh will fish out of a state of the art, 2013 Warrior Boat. A 2090 BT Tournament with an Evinrude Etec 225 hp High Output tiller outboard motor. Harsh said, "I am very excited to have been given the opportunity and honor to represent Warrior Boats and Evinrude outboards in my promotional fishing endeavors. Warrior Boats has long been known in the marine industry for their smooth dry ride, well-built incredibly strong hulls, and precision boat control capabilities. These are the qualities I depend on heavily to make my living with. Simply put, my 2090 Warrior Boat and Evinrude Etec are the two most important and critical tools I have when confronting Mother Nature's worst conditions. When you virtually live in a boat six months a year, one cannot stress how important it is to have the best, most reliable equipment available. I cannot thank Warrior Boats or Evinrude Outboards enough for providing the perfect tools for the demanding conditions one faces in guiding or tournament competition."

As a former Marine Industry National Sales Manager and Pro Staff Director with experience in product research and development, Pete will serve the staff at Warrior Boats in an as needed advisory role during his off season.

Warrior Boats is a Melrose, MN based boat company. It is a quickly growing company with new owners and an entire newly built factory. The owners and staff of Warrior Boats are serious fishermen dedicated to building the very best multi species fishing boats available today. Come see for yourself. Factory tours are available by appointment. For more information regarding Warrior Boats, Inc. Check out our web site www.warriorboatsinc.com

WALLEYE TOURNAMENT ANGLER WILL COMPETE FROM A WARRIOR BOAT POWERED BY A NEW SUZUKI DF300.

When it comes to safety, power and reliability, Claremont, Minn. walleye pro Brett King knows he's got to have it all, every time he heads to the water. That's why he'll be kicking the throttle of a Suzuki 300-horsepower four-stroke on the transom of his new V203DC Warrior walleye boat. "I'm blown away to have this opportunity and represent Suzuki Marine in the Professional Walleye playground this season," said King, who will be representing both Suzuki Marine and Warrior Boats during the Minneapolis Boat Show Jan 31 - Feb 3, 2013. "I couldn't be more jacked to run the new Suzuki 300 paired with their 9.9-horse kicker with power tilt. Last year I drove more than 3,700 miles on the water, so I'll certainly be proving the dependability and fuel savings that Suzuki four-strokes are famous for," King continued. This new rig, which also features drive-by-wire technology, is rated 14 percent more fuel efficient than other four-strokes, making it one of the most fuel-stingy on the water.

"Had I been running Suzuki's DF300 with Lean-Burn Technology last season, I would have saved more than 250 gallons of fuel. Suzuki likes to say there's no replacement for displacement, but I like to add there's also no replacement for super fuel savings" King said. The V203DC Warrior with a 30-inch transom paired with the Suzuki DF300 will be ready this season when the ride and the bite get bumpy. "That transom means I'll have five more inches of freeboard to handle big water," King points out. "I want to personally thank Kent Andersen, Warrior Boats national sales manager, for facilitating the Suzuki and Warrior partnership. This is one winning team I'm proud to be a part of," King exclaimed.

For more information or details on any of Suzuki Marine's full line of 4-stroke outboard motors from 2.5 to 300 horsepower, contact American Suzuki Motor Corporation, 714-996-7040, or visit online at www.suzukimarine.com

For more information or details on Warrior Boats, contact Kent Andersen, (320) 248-9763 or visit online at www.warriorboatsinc.com

Avid Fishermen Save Maple Lake Boat Company

MELROSE, Minn. (WCCO) - There's a booming boat business in the land of 10,000 lakes, thanks to four men who've brought Warrior Boats back to life. "Just opened! Everybody's busy! Keeping people going," said co-owner Chuck Barth. Barth and his business partners are bringing back an old state favorite.

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Warrior Boats, Newly Formed Boat Company, Joins NPAA

Forestville, WI-Two National Professional Angler Association members, Dave Andersen, Amery, Wisconsin, and Chuck Barth, Melrose, Minnesota, with two other investors have resurrected the Warrior Boats brand. The company is currently building boats, with the first four boats nearly complete.

Barth said, "We wanted to showcase boats at the early sport shows, plus our dealers are knocking down the doors. We have several former dealers on board, and that's the good news, however, ramping up production while our new facility in Melrose is under construction means working around electricians, plumbers and carpenters." Past Warrior owners aware of the company's rebirth have also ordered boats. "The demand is already there," he said, "And, we're already looking at another building."

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