Custom rod expert honours Bass Fishing Hall of Famers

The recent Bass Fishing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony included some additional hardware for this year’s inductees, thanks to the custom rod building brands making up Foundation Outdoor Group.

The honorees – Glen Andrews, Bruce Holt and Michael Iaconelli – each received a one-of-a-kind, meticulously handcrafted, custom fishing rod to commemorate their lifetime achievements.

Foundation’s own senior account specialist and professional rod builder Alex Funke designed and built each fishing rod specifically for the occasion.

Alex explained: “The rod designs embody the spirit and passion of Mr. Andrews, Mr. Holt and Mr. Iaconelli as well as the meaning of this monumental occasion.

As an avid bass angler, I have a true appreciation for what these men have brought to bass fishing and to our industry. It was an honour to pay homage to their remarkable achievements and to be part of the evening’s festivities in some, small way.”

Foundation Outdoor Group is a leader in fishing rod and tackle crafting components, supplies, equipment, and instruction with a line up of brands including Mud Hole Custom Tackle, American Tackle, MHX, Custom Rod Builder (CRB), ProProducts, ThreadMaster and FishHawk, and offices in three continents.

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame has long been regarded as the premier institution honouring individuals who have revolutionised the sport.

By recognising industry pioneers, superstars and leaders, the Hall of Fame plays a vital role in preserving and sharing the rich history of bass fishing with the world.

In addition to the three rods given to the inductees, Alex also crafted a fourth rod that was donated to the Hall of Fame’s online auction, helping to generate funds to support this important, not-for-profit organisation.

Foundation’s president and COO, Brook Oliva, added: “Not only was this an exciting project for our team but it also shone a light on the craft of custom rod building and the amazing work that Alex does.”