FINDLAY, Ohio — American Tire Distributors (ATD) Inc.'s Hercules Tires business has extended its sponsorship portfolio by aligning professional anglers Josh Bertrand and Josh Douglas with Team Hercules for the 2019 fishing season.
Bertrand won the 2018 Bassmaster Elite at the St. Lawrence River and has 14 professional-level top 10 finishes, as well as four Bassmaster Classic qualifications and a Bassmaster Elite series win.
He will be one of the 80 anglers participating in the 2019 New Bass Pro Tour.
Bertrand said he's excited to be part of the Hercules family. "I log a lot of miles on the road between competitions every year and having Hercules be a part of what gets me where I need to go is very reassuring."
Mr. Douglas gained notoriety with the Minnesota state B.A.S.S. Federation before expanding his reach into the national circuit. A competitor on the FLW Tour and the Bassmaster Eastern Open, he has several top 10 finishes, including a third place in the 2018 FLW Tour event in Gilbertsville, KY.
Mr. Douglas owns and operates a guide service on Lake Mille Lacs, Minn., helping anglers of all skill levels find and catch smallmouth bass.
"As a professional fisherman and guide who takes clients into remote areas, I have to be able to count on my equipment, and I know I can count on Hercules Tires," Mr. Douglas said. "Hercules Tires have always performed well for me and I'm thrilled to be a part of Team Hercules."
As part of the agreement, Messrs. Bertrand and Douglas will feature the Hercules Tires' logo on their boat and outerwear and will run their trucks on Terra Trac AT II tires, which Herclues said can handle the harshest elements in every condition on every surface.
In addition, Mr. Bertrand has Hercules Power ST2 tires on his boat trailer. The specialty trailer tire is designed to reduce rolling resistance and improve fuel economy while promoting long-lasting wear, according to Hercules
Nakia Medlin, Hercules Tires director of marketing, said both fishermen fit perfectly with the brand. "We want to show that Hercules is a quality tire option for everyone who loves outdoor activities and we're very excited to share that message with fans of professional fishing everywhere."