Friday, September 8, 2023

2023 Bassmaster Classic Champ, Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, Lands New Title Sponsorship


Northland Fishing Tackle and longtime ally Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson ink long-term deal.

When Northland Fishing Tackle founder John Peterson first fished against Jeff Gustafson at the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship in the mid-2000’s, he had no idea they would become lifelong friends. Looking even farther ahead, Peterson never would have dreamed “Gussy” would also develop as a world-class angler and go on to win the 2023 Bassmaster Classic.

Today, Peterson is proud to know that the relationship between Northland and Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson’s is growing faster and better than ever.

Seeking to bolster this relationship, Northland is proud to announce that starting with the 2024 season, the company will act as Gussy’s title sponsor in all B.A.S.S. events moving forward into the years ahead. 

Northland President/CEO, Gregg Wollner, relates: “We are very excited for this opportunity to grow our business and partner with Gussy as his presenting sponsor. This is more of a partnership between family members than it is a business arrangement. Jeff's relationship with Northland and our founder John Peterson goes back more than 20 years. We look forward to bringing great new products to the bass fishing market for years to come. Gussy and Northland are both at the top of their game right now, and we will do great things together."

Along the lines of offering more bass-centric bait designs vis-à-vis Gussy’s recommendations, Northland has already invited input from the influential bass angler that brought products to retailers and consumers in 2023, with more to come in 2024.

For example, Gustafson’s input was utilized when Northland came to market earlier this year with the new Elite Series of jigheads featuring Gamakatsu hooks, as well as the popular Finesse Football Head, Nedster, Weedless Nedster, and Weedless Wacky Jig. For 2024, anglers will discover an all-new Marabou Jig and Bassmaster Elite-winning Smeltinator Jig.

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