Feb 24

NORMAN, Okla. (February 24, 2012) — Adding another new sponsor for Texas’ newest bass fishing organization, the Texas Team Trail is proud to have Mercury Marine on board as part its action-packed inaugural season. With large purses and incredible sponsor bonuses, the new Texas Team Trail is touting the highest team payouts in the state.  Set to begin on Sam Rayburn Lake in March 2012, the trail is supported by an all-star lineup of sponsors. 

“Having Mercury Marine as a sponsor for the Texas Team Trail is a great addition to what amounts to a who’s-who list of amazing brands important to anglers and their families,” said Mike Hastings, Tournament Director. “They produce some great engines that will drive the anglers on the trail to success, and we are greatly appreciative of the support they show our anglers and our sport.”

A division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications. The company’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; Mercury propellers; Mercury inflatable boats; Mercury SmartCraft electronics; MotorGuide motors, Land ‘N’ Sea distributing and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils.

"Mercury Marine is proud to sponsor the new, exciting Texas Team Trail,” said Mike Shedivy, Mercury Marine’s vice president of marketing. “The OptiMax Pro XS outboard is the fastest, most powerful engine on the planet and the Mercury Pro FourStroke is the most premium bass engine on the market. We're thrilled to have an opportunity to showcase why these outboards are the most popular and successful engines in bass fishing.”

The tournament circuit, designed exclusively for team competition, will begin March 10th, 2012, and will include a total of four qualifying events, plus a year-end Championship. The Texas Team Trail website is already accepting registrations for all events online. The website offers numerous details on the circuit, including official rules, tournament structure, payout and incentives.

The new circuit also includes unprecedented television and overall media coverage, not only within the Lone Star State but across the country as well allowing a national audience to watch the action unfold from each event throughout the season. Airing on multiple networks, the Texas Team Trail will be seen on The Texas Channel, World Fishing Network, Pursuit Channel, as well as the new NBC Sports Network.

For more details, anglers are encouraged to call 210-788-4143 or check out the new website at Site visitors can register for events, review the TV schedule, get official Texas Team Trail gear, view results and learn more about what’s in-store for 2012.

2012 Scheduled Events

March 10 – Sam Rayburn Lake
April 7 – Ray Roberts Lake
May 5 – Lake Livingston
June 9 – Lake Lewisville

Championship – October 20-21 – Lake Amistad