AFTCO sponsors Bassmaster Elite events on Santee Cooper Lakes and Lake St. Clair

AFTCO has signed on as title sponsor for two heavyweight battles during the 2023 Bassmaster Elite Series season. At the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at Santee Cooper Lakes April 27-30, anglers will hope to match the stellar 2022 conditions that saw the entire field average over 15 1/2 pounds on Day 1, while the pros will battle big water and even bigger smallmouth at the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair July 27-30.

Additionally, AFTCO will continue its long-standing partnership with B.A.S.S. as a conservation partner and supporting sponsor for the six circuits of the Bassmaster Tournament Trail as well as outfit all staff and marshals with performance fishing clothing for these events.

“As a supporting sponsor of B.A.S.S. we value our partnership tremendously, and AFTCO is extremely excited to support (B.A.S.S.) further with our fourth consecutive year of Elite Series title sponsorship,” said AFTCO Marketing Director Matt Florentino. “We’re looking forward to sponsoring two tremendous locations on the 2023 Elite Series schedule: South Carolina’s Santee Cooper Lakes and Michigan’s Lake St. Clair. We saw AFTCO pro Drew Cook earn a century belt last spring during a masterful sight fishing win at Santee Cooper, and you can bet that Lake St. Clair will be primed and ready to showcase big bags of smallmouth next July!”

Among the AFTCO-aligned pro anglers ready to tackle these fisheries — and the Elite Series schedule — is 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic champion Jason Christie.

“AFTCO is setting the standard in clothing and conservation,” Christie said. “Their sponsorship of two Bassmaster events just shows their continued dedication to our sport. I am thrilled to be part of their team!”

Full coverage from all four days of these tournaments will be available on, Tubi and the FOX Sports digital platforms. FS1 will also broadcast live with the tournament leaders on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit