Palaniuk Signs with VMC | Tharp Joins Trigger X

Brandon Palaniuk joins VMC “Not only are VMC hooks extremely sharp and extremely strong, the company is very innovative,” Palaniuk said. “They’ve got a lot of hook designs that a lot of other hook companies don’t have. They take things into consideration that a lot of the other hook companies don’t. I think that attention ...

Brandon Palaniuk joins VMC

“Not only are VMC hooks extremely sharp and extremely strong, the company is very innovative,” Palaniuk said. “They’ve got a lot of hook designs that a lot of other hook companies don’t have. They take things into consideration that a lot of the other hook companies don’t. I think that attention to detail sets them apart.”

VMC’s arsenal includes “every hook that you could imagine, that you’d ever need,” Palaniuk said. “All of your basic worm hooks, extra-wide gap, drop shot hooks, and then some, they’ve got all of that covered.”

Coming aboard VMC’s pro staff, Palaniuk joins 2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion and 2006 Angler of the Year Michael “Ike” Iaconelli, 2012 Forrest Wood Cup Champion Jacob Wheeler, 2013 Forrest Wood Cup Champion Randall Tharp, 2011 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year Ott DeFoe and Davy Hite, a two-time BASS Angler of the Year, Bassmaster Classic Champion and FLW Championship Winner.

“You’ve got guys that are at the top of – or winning – the toughest events to win in the world,” Palaniuk said. “That, in itself, says a lot for VMC.”

Likewise, Rapala-VMC gained confidence in Palaniuk.

“After working with Brandon over the past few years and having his promotional support for Rapala, Storm and Terminator, it is clear that he is at the top of his game and one of the very best in the industry,” said Rapala Pro Staff Manager Dan Quinn. “Brandon is the kind of angler we want representing our brands in the field and adding VMC to that list was an easy decision. Brandon’s passion for the sport and his desire to use the best products available is clear, and that is the ideal scenario when growing a pro staff relationship.”

Forrest Wood Cup Champ Randall Tharp signs with VMC, Trigger X

2013 Cup champ Randall Tharp has joined 2012 winner Jacob Wheeler on the VMC and Trigger X Pro Staffs.

“I talked with Jacob quite a bit about a lot of the hooks and baits,” Tharp said. “I’m very fortunate at this stage of my career that I can pretty much pick and choose the companies that I want to be involved with, and VMC and Trigger X were definitely at the top of my list. I’m excited about their product line-ups and by the opportunity I have with those companies.”

Tharp will fish both the FLW Tour and Elite Series in 2014.

“I’m really excited about this season,” he says. “I’ve got a lot of challenges ahead of me and I’m excited about being teamed up with Trigger X and VMC.”

Likewise, Trigger X and VMC are excited to team with Tharp.

“Randall is a natural fit for our team and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board,” said Rapala Pro Staff Manager Dan Quinn. “He really has it all—he has proven to the world that he is one of the very best anglers on the planet and he takes pride in his credibility and holds it very high, which enables him to support and promote the best companies in the world.”

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