By Mud Hole Staff
Read all the latest news from Mud Hole’s pro anglers and find out what custom rods they’re building to stay competitive in waters across the country.
Pro Bass Anglers Talk About the Benefits of Building
Professional tournament fishing is a grind like no other.
But if you ask any pro angler, it’s a grind that they are proud to own because it all started merely as a dream. A dream that they are now happy to call reality.
From long hours on the road and fishing diverse waters across America, to competing against experienced anglers and hometown heroes at each tour stop, tournament fishing
When the difference between cashing in a check and leaving the event empty handed could be a matter of ounces, there is little room for slowing down. Especially considering how much money is up for grabs!
Whether it’s through their rods, special lure tips, or even local insight, each angler is chasing the perfect combination of knowledge and equipment to give them the upper hand.
For Bassmaster Elite anglers—Bradley Roy and Brandon Lester—they’ve bonded their fishing expertise and unwavering work ethic with custom rod building to bring serious results on the water.
It wasn’t long ago that these two Mud Hole pro anglers weighed on one of bass fishing’s biggest stages, the Bassmaster Classic.
Rod building provides another facet to competitive fishing that allows anglers to dial-in their skills and techniques with the ultimate precision.
Starting with rod blank selections and then choosing custom grips, reel seats, guides, and more to match, these anglers have learned that rod building is far greater than a weekend hobby…
Bradley Roy Catches Third Place at Grand Lake
When Bradley roy reached his stop in Grand Lake, Oklahoma, he felt ready to fish hard, earn a top spot, and cash a hefty check.
Day 1 proved a good starting point with Roy snagging a limit for 18lb-12oz. But sitting just inside the top 20 at 18th wasn’t quite enough for this talented angler.
After day 2, Bradley Roy padded his weight total on Grand Lake with another limit—this time weighing in at 19lb-9oz. This two day total propelled Roy from 18th place to 7th, which left him he feeling very confident going into day 3.
Knowing he would be fishing the same Pro Tour Fishing Rods that got him this far, Bradley looked to capitalize off his momentum from the first two days.
Roy finished day 3 with another limit, but this time his 16lb-4oz and the event’s stiff competition slid him back two places to 9th before the final day.
If Bradley Roy is known for two things on tour, those two would be consistency and determination.
His final day on Grand Lake was the perfect testament. After a setback on day 3, Roy came raging back with 20lb-10oz to take home fourth place and a solid pay check.
Bradley Roy Shows Off His Pro Tour Rods
Since his rise in professional fishing, Bradley Roy has made some strategic changes to enhance his fishing equipment as well as his techniques. Roy took up rod building in 2015 and worked out a title sponsorship with Mud Hole, who’s brand of custom rod building is championed by pro anglers across the country.
In fact, when Bradley got comfortable with rod building, his talents for fishing fused with the immense knowledge inherent in custom rod building for a lethal combination in competition.
Together with Mud Hole, Roy found custom rod building on MHX rod blanks dialed in his equipment and his techniques for maximum efficiency regardless of the fishing application or location.
Fishing across the nation, he really appreciates this performance boost of rod building and MHX rod blanks.
When asked about his all-time favorite rod, Bradley grins and replies, “If I were forced to choose one rod, my MB873-MHX Rod would be a no brainer… I actually keep three rigged up on my boat at all times because their versatility outperforms just about every other option.”
Brandon Lester Seals Sixth Place at Grand Lake
For Brandon Lester, fishing on Grand Lake, Oklahoma was more than another opportunity to show off his fishing skills. It was a chance to get back on the water after the recent birth of his daughter.
Excited to compete with an extra level of pride, Brandon looked to make Grand Lake a memorable one. And spoiler alert, let’s just say it was a success!
After day 1, the competition was incredibly tight. In fact, the difference between first place and Lester’s 30th place was only a few pounds.
Although his 17lb-6oz bag from day 1 was a great start, Lester knew he would have to make a bigger splash to jump the rankings.
Day 2 proved to be the perfect opportunity as Brandon returned to the weigh-in stage with 26lb-3oz. Brandon Lester’s huge bag of Grand Lake bass was not only enough to make a splash, it was enough to take him all the way to the top spot.
Sitting on top after day 2, Lester felt the target on his back, especially with anglers like KVD right on his tail. But Brandon is no stranger to a challenge, he knew he would have to stay consistent to outlast the competition.
Lester returned from the water on day 3 with a repeat of his day 1 weight. Another limit weighing 17lb-6oz was enough to keep him in the chase, but dropped him from first to third with one day left to fish.
Tournament fishing is a wild ride to say the least and Brandon’s experience told him that there is no telling what the final day would bring. Knowing all he can control is his own fishing, Lester left the ramp on the final day hoping to repeat his weight from day 2.
When day 4 ended, Brandon Lester weighed in 12lb-1oz and finished his stop at Grand Lake in sixth place with a nice check to take home to his newborn.
You can’t win ‘em all, but we can guarantee Brandon’s proud of his showing and eager to get to Kentucky Lake next.
Brandon Lester Dials in His Custom Rods
Each rod that Brandon Lester builds provides a specific purpose on the water and all work together to keep him confident and competitive across the country.
Whether skipping wacky rigs under docks, maximizing a crankbait’s efficiency, or just crushing crappie in the offseason, Brandon Lester has assembled the perfect high-performance fishing rods for his favorite fishing applications.
Let’s just say that Brandon Lester and custom rod building are a match made at Mud Hole!
For Lester, rod building not only fine tunes his fishing rods, but also helps him maintain the same feel for rods despite their vastly different applications. This essentially means that Brandon can have the power to throw a swim bait and the precision for a drop shot without ever sacrificing his feel for the rod during the transition between fishing applications.
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