Hercules Tires® to Sponsor Professional Anglers Josh Bertrand and Josh Douglas
January 18, 2019
Sponsorship extends Hercules Tires brand into competitive fishing for first time
FINDLAY, OH, January 18, 2019 – Hercules Tires announced today that it is expanding its sponsorship portfolio through partnerships with two professional anglers, adding Josh Bertrand and Josh Douglas to Team Hercules for the 2019 fishing season. It is the company’s first sponsorship in the competitive fishing arena and will provide new exposure for Hercules Tires’ dealers who have avid fishermen in their area or a sponsored competition nearby.
Bertrand is a rising star on the professional fishing scene. The winner of the 2018 Bassmaster Elite at the St. Lawrence River, Bertrand boasts 14 professional-level top 10 finishes, four Bassmaster Classic Qualifications, and a Bassmaster Elite series win. He will be one of the 80 anglers that make up the 2019 New Bass Pro Tour.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Hercules Tires family in 2019,” said Bertrand. “I log a lot of miles on the road between competitions every year and having Hercules be a part of what gets me where I need to go is very reassuring.”
Douglas is a renowned Minnesota angler. Having first cut his teeth on the MN State B.A.S.S. Federation, he has been expanding his reach into the national circuit. A competitor on the FLW Tour and the Bassmaster Eastern Open, he has booked several top 10 finishes, including a third-place finish in the 2018 FLW Tour event in Gilbertsville, KY. Douglas is also a highly sought-after guide who owns and operates a guide service on Lake Mille Lacs, MN, helping anglers of all skill levels find and catch trophy smallmouth bass.
“As a professional fisherman and guide who takes clients into remote areas, I have to be able to count on my equipment, and I know I can count on Hercules Tires,” said Douglas. “Hercules Tires have always performed well for me and I’m thrilled to be a part of Team Hercules.”
As a part of the national sponsorship agreement that will span competitions from North Carolina to Nevada, both Bertrand and Douglas will feature the Hercules Tires’ logo on their boat and outerwear and run their trucks on Terra Trac® AT II tires. A versatile, all-terrain tire, the Terra Trac AT II provides the performance fishermen need to reach their preferred fishing spots. These premium tires easily handle the harshest elements in every condition on every surface. Douglas noted that he specifically sought out Hercules Tires for his vehicle because of how well the tires have worked for him in the past.
In addition, Bertrand will have Power ST2 tires installed on his boat trailer. This specialty trailer tire is designed to reduce rolling resistance and improve fuel economy while promoting long-lasting wear, making it a great addition to trailers hauling loads of all kinds, including bass boats.
“We’re thrilled to have these two talented fishermen on Team Hercules in 2019,” said Nakia Medlin, Hercules Tires director of marketing. “Both fit perfectly with Hercules Tires, and our partnership will allow us to showcase and extend the Hercules brand to their loyal fan bases. We want to show that Hercules is a quality tire option for everyone who loves outdoor activities, and we’re very excited to share that message with fans of professional fishing everywhere.”
About Josh Bertrand
Josh Bertrand competes on the Bass Pro Tour and in Major League Fishing among other tournaments that fit his busy schedule. A talented public speaker, Bertrand also makes regular seminar appearances and has been a featured guest on numerous television fishing shows, including those airing on ESPN2, The World Fishing Network, The Sportsman Channel, CBS, and Fox Sports Net. Bertrand is also an accomplished author and is a featured writer for several national fishing magazines. When not on the water, Bertrand enjoys following professional sports, golfing, and staying fit.
About Josh Douglas
Josh Douglas is a professional fisherman, state and national competitor and renowned guide. After significant success on the MN State B.A.S.S. Federation, he began to compete on the FLW Tour and in Bassmaster Open events in 2017 and quickly proved he could duplicate his accomplishments at a national level. Douglas has booked several top 10 finishes, including a third-place finish in the 2018 FLW Tour event in Gilbertsville, KY. An avid teacher as well as a fisherman, Douglas offers hands-on training to aspiring anglers. He also offers guided fishing expeditions on Minnesota’s famous lakes.
About Hercules Tires
Hercules Tires is widely recognized as the industry's premier value brand with a comprehensive selection of passenger, UHP, light truck, medium truck and specialty tires. Since 1952, independent tire dealers and distributors have trusted Hercules to deliver outstanding quality, exceptional support, and unsurpassed value.
Hercules is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Tire Distributors, Inc. American Tire Distributors is one of the largest independent suppliers of tires in the North American replacement tire market. The company offers an unsurpassed breadth and depth of inventory, frequent delivery and value-added services to approximately 80,000 customers across the U.S. and Canada.