Throughout the first half of 2011, Quantum pros have stood clearly dominant amid the smoke that inevitably rises from the fiery circles surrounding bass fishing's most competitive tournament trails.
In late January, Gerald Swindle served up a warning shot of things to come when he used a Smoke SL100SPT to reel in lipless crankbaits, a Carolina Rig and 80-pounds of bass at Lake Toho en route to knocking the 900-pound "never won a B.A.S.S. tournament" gorilla off his back.
Less than a month later on bass fishing's biggest stage, Kevin VanDam, a Quantum pro throughout his entire illustrious 21-year career, used his own signature series crankbait system featuring Tour KVD rods and a 5.3:1 TKVD reel to leave fellow competitors and fans in a jaw-dropping state of admiration as he claimed his fourth Bassmaster Classic win.
March proved that good guys do indeed finish first as the always upbeat Shaw Grigsby saw his way to clear victory in a sight-fishing fest in his home state of Florida. Grigsby, a Quantum pro for 25 years showcased great versatility using both spinning (TE30PTiB) and baitcasting reels (SL100SPT) spooled with line ranging from 8 to 25-pound test. He paired the reels with his easy to recognize blue-colored Quantum Tour Grigsby rods en route to claiming the $100,000 prize at The Harris Chain of Lakes.
Intense southwest winds provided the most recent noteworthy blow of Quantum dominance as Dean Rojas beat respected Quantum teammate Gerald Swindle by one dramatic ounce at famed Toledo Bend. Swindle and Rojas both used Smoke reels, and Dean also mixed-in a time-proven E100HPT reel to claim his fist-pump filled win.
Four months. Four Wins. Cleary --- the Smoke always rises to the top.